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High Temperatures Brings Increased Risk of Fires

Post Date:07/31/2020 10:00 AM

Medicine Hat – Medicine Hat Fire Services is launching a campaign to help reduce the number of fires caused by discarded cigarette butts.

“Lit cigarette butts can smolder for hours before starting a fire,” said Curtis Sjodin, Fire Prevention Officer. “Carelessly tossed cigarette butts have been a leading cause of wildland fires over the years, and the current hot and dry conditions substantially increase that risk.”

The campaign ‘Don’t Be a Flicking Idiot, Tossed Butts Start Fires’ will include advertisements throughout the city and on social media, reminding the community to butt out.

"We are asking smokers to stop flicking their cigarette butts. We see tossed butts throughout our community, and it’s mainly because people are throwing them from their vehicles and off their balconies,” said Sjodin. “If a smoldering cigarette lands on or near a combustible material, it can easily start a fire, destroy property and put lives at risk."

Firefighters are asking residents to stop fires before they start by making sure all cigarette butts are completely extinguished before discarding them.

"This message is bold, loud and hard hitting," Sjodin added. "We are very serious about preventing these unnecessary fires, and we need the community’s support in order to accomplish this.”

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Curtis Sjodin
Fire Prevention Officer
City of Medicine Hat
403.529.8282

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