With this week being Emergency Preparedness Week, many organizations are taking time to speak on how to best ready yourself during a emergency situation.
In Regina, where like most of Saskatchewan conditions are extremely dry, Fire Marshal Randy Ryba is using the week to speak about the importance of not tossing cigarette butts on the ground.
Ryba says it’s about using common sense.
“Some people are thinking about something else, they’re disposing cigarettes and other smokers material in inappropriate recipticals, we have problems with fires within the house, we have problems outside the house, on the deck and on the patios, and people just need to take better care.”
Ryba suggests some simple steps to prevent fires in and around the home from cigarette material.
“What I suggest inside the house is an appropriate ashtray, what I’m suggesting outside the house is a metal container partially filled with sand, extinguish your cigarette deep into the sand, and all should be good,” Ryba says. “If you leave it on a table, with respect to an ashtray, the wind comes up, blows a hot butt into the grass or under the deck, and where we have these problems again.”
Saskatchewan has seen more than 70 wildfires thus far this spring, with the average sitting around 45 wildfires for this time of year.