Chilliwack BC – Chilliwack Fire Inspector Lisa Axelson has seen it all. This spring (remember summer doesn’t come for another three weeks) is already fed up with calls to mulch fires.
So much so that she took to Facebook and posted a warning:
“The Chilliwack Fire Department has seen a significant increase in the number of fires occurring in landscaping mulch, which are particularly dangerous due to how close they often are to homes and businesses.
Fires starting in landscaping mulch can spread into shrubbery and then to the building.
Below average rainfall, warm temperatures, extremely dry conditions and abnormal winds all increase the risk of serious damage from mulch fires.
Another factor is smoking – most smokers are outside due to laws and facility policies. Cigarettes and matches discarded into landscaped areas could start a fire.
Reduce the risk of fire – follow these guidelines:
• Provide a minimum of an 18-inch clearance between landscaping mulch beds and combustible building materials.
• Keep landscaping mulch beds moist if possible.
• Provide proper receptacles for smoking materials at all entrances to public buildings and in designated smoking areas. Do not use mulch in or near these areas.
Remember: hot and dry conditions in the summer months may create the ideal condition for a fire. Protect your property – keep your mulch moist.”