Outdoor Fire and Safety

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Stay safe in your backyard, around the community, and in the wilderness. Click on these topics for more information.

Backyard Fire Pits

Backyard fire pits and fireplaces are a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but they can be dangerous and the smoke and noise can disturb your neighbours. Read guidelines on how to safely experience outdoor fires.

Waterways Safety

Yukon rivers, lakes, and ponds can pose risks all year round. 

The Whitehorse Fire Department would like to remind citizens of the dangers posed by our Yukon rivers, lakes and ponds. Our waterways are often high and swift from rains and snow melt can easily overwhelm the strongest swimmer.

With the hot summer days that we have experienced over the last couple of weeks these waters still remain very cold and dangerous year-round. The surface of the water is often warmer than what it is below and hypothermia can occur quickly in our chilly waters.

Always supervise young children when near lakes, ponds and especially rivers. The rivers are moving relatively fast and obstacles such as rocks or logs can trap swimmers and overturn Kayaks.

Please wear protective clothing when doing recreational sports such as a personal flotation device that properly fits you and your children.

Ice Safety

Snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross country skiing are some activities that happen on the ice. Ice thickness should be at least 10 centimeters (4 inches) to safely support one person, and more if vehicles are present. Learn more here.