Lloydminster Fire Services has issued a fire safety advisory for the city.
With the aim to reduce the increased fire risk caused by the current dry, hot weather, the fire safety advisory reminds citizens to be cautious when using outdoor open flames, including barbeques and backyard fire pits, which must meet City of Lloydminster bylaw standards, or even when disposing of smoking materials.
Residents are reminded to ensure to properly extinguish smoking materials in ashtrays and to be cautious when in city’s green spaces and parks.
“Due to a warmer than usual spring with minimal moisture, Lloydminster Fire Services reminds residents to keep fire safety top of mind,” says Fire Chief Jordon Newton.
Residents should be aware that even in the event of some moisture in the weather, this fire safety advisory may remain in effect, as there may could still be an increased risk of fire.
Many communities currently have issued fire bans or advisories throughout Alberta, as much of the province is experiencing similar hot and dry weather, and some are experience wildfires.
Fire bans are more likely to be called if the community does not have other bylaws or policies in place around burning and open flames. The City of Lloydminster does have defined burning restrictions and despite the current risk, the level of risk does not call for a fire ban at this time.
Lloydminster Fire Services continues to watch weather forecasts and conditions to ensure the city is prepared for any changes to the fire risk and will update the status of the fire safety advisory as needed.
When traveling outside the city, you are encouraged to learn the statuses of fire bans and advisories for the areas in which you’re traveling, through the following link: https://albertafirebans.ca/
For more information, you can contact the City of Lloydminster Community Services at 780-874-3710.
And to report a fire, always call 9-1-1.