WILDFIRES

February 10, 2015

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Wildfire Safety

Last year 60% of wildfires were caused by humans. This year the spring and summer months have arrived again and brought with it wildfires across Alberta, BC, and Saskatchewan. An especially dry winter and spring has contributed to prime fire conditions. Several out of control fires are threatening people’s homes, large industrial projects, and wildlife. Below are some tips to keep you, your family, and co-workers safe.

Prevention

  • When camping or hiking never leave a campfire or open flame unattended. Soak the ashes, stir and soak again before leaving the fire.
  • When using an ATV keep the engine and muffler free of debris
  • Take appropriate safety precautions for winter burns
  • Take proper care when disposing of cigarette butts
  • Always have a fire escape plan

If You Become Trapped In A Wildfire:

While in your vehicle:

  • Stay calm.
  • Park your vehicle in an area clear of vegetation.
  • Close all vehicle windows and vents.
  • Cover yourself with wool blanket or jacket.
  • Lie on vehicle floor.
  • Use your cell phone to advise officials—Call 911.

While on foot:

  • Stay calm.
  • Go to an area clear of vegetation, a ditch or depression on level ground if possible
  • Lie face down, cover up your body
  • Use your cell phone to advise officials—Call 911.

While in your home:

  • Stay calm, keep your family together.
  • Call 911 and inform authorities of your location.
  • Fill sinks and tubs with cold water.
  • Keep doors and windows closed, but unlocked.
  • Stay inside your house.
  • Stay away from outside walls and windows.

Prevention is the key to wildfire safety. To report a wildfire in Alberta Call 310-Fire(3473), 24/7 toll free