With Guy Fawkes night coming up on Tuesday, the St. John’s Regional Fire Department is asking businesses and the public to take precautions to make the night safe for everyone.
A news release notes that the lighting of fires has the potential to cause serious safety concerns for both citizens and firefighters, along with causing major property damage.
The fire department offers the following tips:
• Commercial businesses that have outside waste containers should have them either emptied or locked the nights leading up to and following Tuesday, Nov. 5;
• Citizens should ensure that any rubbish around their property is removed or secured;
• Citizens should ensure that their propane tanks and cylinders are secured in such a manner so as to prevent unauthorized access;
• People 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 311, 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 teamed up again this year to work together to reduce incidents on and around Guy Fawkes Night,” said Michael Dwyer, director/chief of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department.
“Fires pose a legitimate safety threat within our region to our firefighters, citizens and properties; and 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.”