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Public Service Announcement
HRM lifts open air burning ban; cautions risk of mulch fires
Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 (Halifax, NS) – Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency (HRFE) has lifted the open air burning ban. Residents are reminded to follow the guidelines set out in By-Law O - 109 Respecting Open Air Burning.
HRFE warns that the use of bark mulch in and around homes and other structures can be a serious fire threat. These fires are particularly dangerous due to the proximity of the mulch to homes and structures.
Factors affecting the possibility of mulch fires include below-average rainfall, dry conditions, and warm temperatures. However, the most common cause of mulch fires is human carelessness.
HRFE recommends following these guidelines to reduce the potential for a fire in landscaping mulch:
For more information on fire prevention and safety measures, please contact the Fire Prevention Division at 490-5546 or visit halifax.ca/fireprevention
Divisional Chief, Fire Prevention