Edmonton Fire Rescue Services is teaming up with a number of local garden centers to really try to bring out the dangers of extinguishing cigarettes in plant material.
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“There is a misconception that plant pots and soil can be used to extinguish cigarettes. This is not true. The potting soil contains large amounts of combustible material that can allow embers to burn before igniting, ”said Dennis Friedel, Acting Fire Marshal at Edmonton Fire Rescue Services.
“Smoking materials and potting soil just don’t go together.”
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On Thursday, The Root Seller, Mill Creek Nursery and Kulmann’s Greenhouse Garden Market began displaying signs warning shoppers of the dangers of putting cigarettes in potting material.
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Between 2018 and 2020, Edmonton recorded a total of 205 fires related to smoking products. The fires caused $ 33.6 million in damage and 31 injuries. Five people also died in fires during this time.
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Smokers are reminded to keep a deep, non-combustible ashtray or to extinguish cigarettes completely in water before throwing them away and to never throw cigarettes directly in the trash, through a car window, on the floor or in garbage. dry and grassy areas.
Plant pots containing potting soil, peat moss or other types of soil should never be used as an alternative, the city said.
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