Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) reminds residents to take steps to reduce the risk of arson.
Each spring, the WFPS sees a significant increase in the number of fires, particularly those which are determined to be incendiary, or purposely set. In May 2018, there were 64 incendiary and suspicious fires.
In an effort to reduce these types of fires, the WFPS operates its Community Fire Prevention Partnership (CFPP) with Local Business Improvement Zones and Take Pride Winnipeg to help identify and report properties at risk of arson in the community.
In addition, WFPS crews conduct neighbourhood fire prevention inspections throughout the spring and summer months to help identify potential fire hazards. If a property is found to have a fire risk, fire fighters will provide the property owner with an information pamphlet and instructions on how to reduce the identified fire risks.
The following are additional fire prevention tips property owners can take to prevent the risk of arson:
- Put your garbage and recycling carts as well as yard waste out on your collection day
- Dispose of garbage, yard waste, lumber, and bulky waste (such as mattresses or couches) properly and promptly
- Contact 311 to schedule a pickup of your bulky waste items or to report fire hazards
- Keep all garbage, bulky waste, and firewood well away from your house or garage
- Use motion-activated lights to brighten the outside of your home or garage
Members of the public are also reminded to contact the Winnipeg Police Service’s non-emergency line if they notice someone entering a vacant structure.
For more fire prevention tips, see: winnipeg.ca/fireprevention