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FIRE SAFETY MESSAGE FROM SVFD FIRE CHIEF, BRYAN COLLINS
As we head into summer weather and wildfire season, Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Chief, Bryan Collins shares some fire safety concerns for our community.
We’ve seen an increase in fires started by cigarettes this year. Recently, in the past several weeks, we have responded to fires where cigarettes were improperly disposed. Make sure you do not put cigarettes out in potted plants or other flammable containers. Use a non-flammable container on porches and decks.
The number of brush fires started by cigarettes is on the rise. In 2016 we had 10.
- 2017 – 7
- 2018 – 5
- 2019 – 6
This year to date for 2020, just 5 months into the year, we have seen 13. We are urging residents as we go into Wildfire Season this summer to practice proper cigarette disposal in your cars and at home.
Use proper non-flammable containers.
- Have a water bottle in your car with water in it for disposing of cigarettes.
- Do not throw cigarettes out car windows
- At home, do not put cigarettes out in potted plants.
- Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash.
- Chairs and sofas catch on fire fast and burn fast. Don’t put ash trays on them.
- Do, soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away.
If you have any questions about how to properly dispose of cigarettes for fire safety, call us here at Spokane Valley Fire, 509.928.1700
We want to keep this community safe and healthy no matter what season it is.
- Julie Happy