Weekly Media Release - Fire Department

July 15, 2014



Oak Bay Fire Department
    1703 Monterey Avenue, Oak Bay B.C. V8R 5V6 (250) 592-9121
    Email:  obfire@oakbay.ca Fax:  (250) 598-2749

News Release
Date: July 14, 2014

OBFD file # 2014-2

For Immediate Release:

Weekly Media Release for Monday, July 7, 2014 to Sunday, July 13, 2014.

Over the past week, Oak Bay Fire Department members responded to 37 calls for assistance.
These calls for assistance include:

18 – Medical First Responder Requests
6 – Alarm Bells
6 – Public Assistance Calls
1 – Brush/Grass Fire
2 – Smell of Smoke
3 – Motor Vehicle Incident
1 – Wires Down

Summer Fire Safety:

Smoking posses many fire hazards, but none more so dangerous than carelessly tossing a cigarette butt on the ground.  Dry grass, dead leaves, and twigs on the ground can provide fuel for very fast-moving wildfires. Leaving cigarette lighters or matches lying around is almost an invitation to a curious child to play with fire.

• If you must smoke, do so outside.
• Make sure you put cigarettes out completely.
• Avoid using flower pots as ashtrays, peat moss can ignite and cause a fire.
• Use large and deep ashtrays, partially filled with water.
• Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.
• Remove debris and dry vegetation from your yard.
• Drink responsibly. Tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption are contributing factors in many fires and can lead to serious injuries.