Before Lighting Your Fire
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. Here are some guidelines from the Whitehorse Fire Department to safely experience outdoor fires.
Click here for guidelines on Backyard Fire Pits.
If you have bought a house with an existing fire pit, you must call for a re-inspect. Fire pits are regulated under the Emergency Services Bylaw.
Limiting Noise and Smoke
While you may enjoy the smell of wood smoke, not everyone does. Some medical conditions are aggravated by smoke. Make sure that your fire is small and burning clean, dry fuels to limit the amount of smoke drifting on to your neighbours' property.
It is also important to limit the noise from around the fire pit, especially late at night.For more information, please call Fire and Protective Services at 668-2462.
In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1
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. If your work or recreation activities take you out onto the ice, wear a personal flotation device and take safety equipment with you. Do not go out onto the ice alone.
Fast moving rivers such as the Yukon River freeze and melt at different rates and are even more unpredictable than lakes and ponds. We encourage citizens to stay off river ice and as an alternative, please choose the use of designated ice surfaces such as local community ice rinks.If you do find yourself in a dangerous situation involving ice, please remember:
- Call 9-1-1 if you, another person or your pet needs assistance
- Stay calm and shout for help
- Have a long branch, rope or pole to reach someone, but do not become a victim
- Keep low and distribute your weight as much as possible
- If you break through the ice, if possible make an attempt to climb out where you fell through
- Be prepared to start a fire to mitigate the effects of hypothermia
Parents are encouraged to speak to their children about the dangers of going out onto the ice. Always supervise children playing on or near ice or bodies of water and keep pets on a leash.
Whitehorse Fire and Protective Services would like to remind residents 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.Have a safe and enjoyable summer.