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Danger of the Flame

Smoking, Matches & Lighters

  • Careless smoking is the number one cause of home fire deaths.
  • Do not smoke close to upholstery or other combustible materials.
  • Never smoke while lying down, in bed or drowsy
  • Use a large, deep ashtray that cannot be knocked over. Never dispose of cigarette butts or ashes in household garbage cans.
  • Keep all matches and lighters high and out of reach of children, in a locked cabinet.
  • Do not smoke where medical oxygen is in use.
  • Do not throw cigarettes directly into a trash can. When emptying ashtrays, make sure they cigarettes are putout with water or sand.


Arson is the crime of intentionally setting fire to buildings or property. Each year, arson causes 30 million dollars in losses to public and private property.

Preventing Arson
  • Prevent entry of intruders by locking doors and securing windows. Ensure that garage doors are locked.
  • Keep flammable liquids secure and out of sight and reach.
  • Ensure your home and property is well lit at night.
  • Remove sources of fuel, such as garbage or brush piles near your home.
  • Report suspicious activity to police.


All residents and businesses in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo must complete the permit application and receive approval prior to the use of fireworks. Learn more about fireworks displays and permit applications.

  • The safest way to enjoy a firework display is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

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