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Find answers to questions about the Stub It Right, Don't Ignite campaign launched by Edmonton Fire Rescue Services.


What is the Stub it Right, Don’t Ignite campaign?

This property, environment and life-saving awareness campaign was launched by Edmonton Fire Rescue Services to reduce the number of fires caused by the improper disposal of smoking material and to raise awareness of the tragic effects these fires have on communities.

Why is the Stub it Right, Don’t Ignite campaign important?

Since 2010 the improper disposal of smoking materials has caused over $46 million in damages across Edmonton and displaced hundreds of people from multi-family buildings. These dangerous and devastating fires have a severe impact on the life, property and environment of our city and they are completely preventable. It is important for people to fully understand the risk their actions may cause themselves and others.

What is the goal of the Stub it Right, Don’t Ignite campaign?

Our goal is to educate Edmontonians how to properly dispose of their smoking materials and to build awareness of how devastating these particular multi-family building fires can be for the environment, communities and individuals. This campaign is also focused on working with property owners, agents and residents to implement safer smoking practices.

How do these fires impact the environment?

Fires in multi-family buildings can have a harmful effect on air quality. In addition, repairing and rebuilding damaged wood frame buildings requires an extensive amount of natural resources and has a negative impact on Edmonton’s carbon footprint.

What does the Stub it Right, Don’t Ignite campaign involve?
  • Property owners and agents are being asked to voluntarily determine if each balcony of their building is considered a smoking area or a non-smoking area.
    • On balconies deemed smoking areas, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) is encouraging owners and agents provide an ashtray. EFRS recommends an enclosed commercial grade weather resistant receptacle designed for smoking material.
    • On balconies deemed non-smoking areas, EFRS  encourages property owners or agents to install a “No Smoking” sign or decal where it can be seen in plain sight.
  • Residents and guests will be reminded to refrain from smoking on the balcony if it is restricted or dispose of their smoking material in the provided receptacle where smoking is permitted.

For More Information

Fire Prevention Office
10465 - 105 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0P5

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm (Closed on weekends and statutory holidays)


780-496-3628 (voicemail only)


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