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Fire Service reminds residents to be fire safe overholiday long weekend

June 30, 2016 - Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service advises residents and visitors to use extra caution with open fires, smoker's materials and fireworks.

As we continue to have hot dry weather with little rain, grass and brush can easily ignite and rapidly grow in size.  In the last two weeks the Fire Service has responded to four individual fires caused by improper disposal of smoker's materials.

Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst cautions residents to be diligent in the disposal of smoker's materials by not throwing them out the window of your vehicle or randomly discarding these materials in dry grass or brush.

An additional reminder to residents over the Canada Day long weekend is that the City of Kawartha Lakes has a bylaw-backed ban on the sale and/or use of Chinese lanterns.

"Kawartha Lakes covers more than 3,000 square kilometres. We have a lot of wooded and rural areas that could be adversely impacted if one of these flying lanterns lands in a hard-to-reach area," comments Kawartha Lakes Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst.

Residents are encouraged to use fireworks in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and to ensure fireworks are used 30m or farther away from any structure or property line.


For more information please contact:

Fritz Mattern
Fire Prevention Officer
705-324-5731 extension 545

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