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Cigarettes and other smoking materials that are not properly extinguished can smolder undetected for days before igniting a fire. Since 2010, the improper disposal of smoking materials has caused more than $80 million dollars in damages in Edmonton. These fires have a severe impact on the life, property and environment of our city and are completely preventable.

Citizens who smoke can help Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) protect life, property and the environment by always using an ashtray to extinguish their cigarettes.

Disposing of Smoking Material Properly

  • Always extinguish smoking materials in deep, non-combustible ashtrays
  • Always wet cigarette butts and matches before putting them in a garbage container
  • Always keep lighters, matches and cigarettes out of the reach of children

Places Your Butts Shouldn't Go

  • Never extinguish smoking materials in plant pots, as they contain combustible materials
  • Never discard smoking materials on the ground, in garbages, or in dry, grassy areas
  • Never discard smoking materials outside a vehicle window

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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