Canada Cigarettes in flower pots caused 60 fires in Montreal last year

03:10  17 may  2018
03:10  17 may  2018 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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Fires that start in flower pots can smoulder undetected for 4-5 hours before The B.C. Wildfire Services said the fire burning at Xusum Creek west of Lillooet grew to five square kilometres overnight from four square kilometres on Friday, but firefighters have managed to contain one quarter of it.

The cause of the fire was a cigarette stubbed out in a flower pot . Montreal firefighters launched a campaign earlier this year against the dangerous Last year cigarettes tossed into flower pots caused roughly 60 fires , and this year several fires have broken out because of careless smokers

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Cigarettes butted out in flower pots and planters caused at least 60 fires in Montreal last year, as well as the blaze that forced the evacuation of the Le Devoir newspaper offices this week.

With spring in bloom, Montreal’s fire department is holding its annual “No cigarette butts in pots!” information campaign for two weeks in May, with firefighters attending distribution centres for flowers and compost to spread information.

They counsel smokers to never put out a cigarette in a flower container, pot or basket, or in black earth, mulch or any other similar materials. These materials are composed of peat, moss and combustible chips, and can also contain chemical fertilizers, all of which can burst into flame if they contact a heat source. A period of up to four or five hours may elapse between the time that a cigarette is put out and the appearance of the first flame.

When extinguishing a cigarette outdoors, Montreal’s fire department recommends using an ashtray suited to outdoor risks, such as wind. At home, use a deep tin filled with damp sand, and place the tin on a fire-resistant surface.

On Monday, the offices of Le Devoir at the corner of Ste-Catherine and Berri Sts. had to be evacuated after a fire erupted on the rooftop terasses of the building. Firefighters believe a cigarette in a flower pot started the four-alarm fire. No one was injured, and the staff still managed to put out their daily edition of the newspaper.

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