The lighting of fires has the potential to cause serious safety concerns for both the citizens of St. John’s and firefighters of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department, along with causing major property damage, the fire department announced today.
A news release states the St. John’s Regional Fire Department wishes to advise commercial businesses and the citizens of the region of a few tips that will make Guy Fawkes Night safer for both the firefighters and the general public.
• Commercial businesses that have outside waste containers should have them either emptied or locked the nights leading up to and following Monday, Nov. 5;
• Citizens should ensure that any rubbish around their property should be removed or secured;
• Citizens should ensure that their propane tanks and cylinders are secured in such a manner so as to prevent unauthorized access;
* Persons who observe fire hazards or the accumulation of materials that can be used for a fire should report it to the City of St. John’s Access Center at 3-1-1, or the St. John’s Regional Fire Department at 722-1234.
“The St. John’s Regional Fire Department and other public and emergency agencies within the region have again teamed up to ensure safer areas this Nov. 5 and the days surrounding it,” said Michael Dwyer, director/chief of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department.
“Fires pose a legitimate safety threat within our region for our firefighters and citizens. Attending an illegally lit fire means fire resources and manpower could be delayed in responding to legitimate 911 emergency calls. Persons lighting fires should be aware that these fires could have a negative effect on their own families, friends or neighbours.”