Fire Safety Tips...for springtime in the LV...

Lardeau Fire Prevention Association

“Fire safety begins at home”

Spring Fire Safety Tips!

In your House

·       Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, change batteries immediately if needed.  “remember…it’s a sound you can live with”

·       Check your fire extinguishers. 

·       Check for overloaded or damaged extension cords, replace where needed.                                             

·       Ensure you have an emergency preparedness kit in case of incidents such as power outages and flooding.

·       Practice your families fire escape plan so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency

·       Windows should be checked to ensure they open and close properly, in case they are needed as an exit.

·       Properly store household chemicals and never mix cleaning agents.

·       Recycle: Get rid of old newspapers, magazines and junk mail. These items tend to pile up and can greatly contribute to the severity and spread of fire.

·       Check and clean filters above stove.

·       Pull refrigerator out and vacuum or dust the coils.

·       Always keep stairs and landings clear for safe evacuation in event of an emergency.

 

Around the house

·       Make sure your address numbers are up and visible from the street.

·       Maintain a clear 'fire zone' of 10 feet around structures.

·       Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances for animal nests and to ensure proper wiring.

·       Keep 100' of garden hose with an attached nozzle connected and ready for use.

·       Remove leaves and trash from carports and garages: Combustible materials are dangerous if they are exposed to heated automobile components, especially under the vehicle.

·       Clean up and properly store paints, pool and yard chemicals.

·       Check fuels containers for leaks and make sure they are properly stored.

·       Let power equipment sit for approximately 30 minutes before placing it inside to be sure there is no possibility of fire.

 

For more information about fire safety, contact any member of the Lardeau Fire Prevention Association or email rgirard@lardeauvalley.com or macmar@lardeauvalley.com

 

 

Update on Kaslo Landslide Monday at 6pm...

 

Zwicky Road, Kaslo Landslide - Geotechnical Assessment Continues

April 20, 2017

Nelson, BC

For Immediate Release

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has received a report from geotechnical engineers regarding the Zwicky Road, Kaslo Landslide. At this time the evacuation order for six homes below the slide remains in place.

The RDCK will review the report and will accompany geotechnical engineers while they continue to assess the slide tomorrow and Saturday. The RDCK will keep the public updated as more information becomes available.

Residents are reminded that therewill be a public meeting held in Kaslo on Monday April 24th at 6pm to update residents on the landslide. The meeting will be held at the Kaslo Royal Canadian Legion Hall, located at 403 5th Street in Kaslo.

Residents can contact the Emergency Operations Centre Reception for more information at1-866-522-7701 or 250-352-7701.

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Evacuation Alert April 17

Regional District of Central Kootenay

EVACUATION ORDER IN KASLO FOLLOWING LANDSLIDE

Nelson, BC
For Immediate Release

April 17, 2017

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has declared a State of Local Emergency and an Evacuation Order in Kaslo following a landslide above Zwicky Road.

The evacuation order has been issued for the following areas:

• Zwicky road area from 1531 to Victoria Avenue
• All of Charles St
• All of Sherman St
• West side of Craft St
• West side of Jardine St
• 1100 and 1200 blocks of ‘C’ Avenue
• 1200 block of ‘B’ Avenue
• West side of Allen St

See here for Evacuation Order and map: http://www.rdck.ca/…/altered%20evac%20order%20kaslo%20with%…

Residents are required to leave the affected area immediately and report to the reception centre at the Kaslo Royal Canadian Legion Hall, located at 403 5th Street in Kaslo.

For information on how to prepare for an evacuation, please visit: http://www.rdck.ca/…/emergency-…/emergency-preparedness.html

There will be a public meeting at the Kaslo Royal Canadian Legion Hall at 1pm, Tuesday April 18th.

The RDCK will keep the public updated as more information becomes available.

For further information, please visit:

Emergency Management info: http://www.rdck.ca/…/main/services/emergency-management.html

RDCK Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rdcentralkootenay/

Contact:

EOC Information Officer
250-505-3853

Open burning info...

For Immediate Release

April 10, 2017

 

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations BC Wildfire Service

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Southeast Fire Centre urges caution with open burning

CASTLEGAR - The Southeast Fire Centre is asking members of the public to exercise caution while conducting any outdoor burning activities this spring.                          

As the snow melts, dried grass from last summer is uncovered and that material can be highly flammable. Almost all wildfires at this time of year are caused by people and are therefore preventable.

Anyone wishing to light an open fire must watch for changing weather, follow all burning regulations and take the following precautions:

* Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping.

* Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.

* Create a fireguard at least one metre around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material.

* Anyone planning to conduct a large burn should consider conducting smaller burns around the perimeter of the main fire site beforehand to create a fuel break and help prevent the fire from spreading beyond its intended size. Each of these fires should be kept small and must be completely extinguished before starting a new fire.

* Never leave a fire unattended.

* Make sure that the fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

Before conducting a burn, check with the local fire department, municipality and regional district to find out if any open burning restrictions or bylaws are in effect.

Anyone planning to do any large-scale industrial burning or conduct a grass burn larger than 0.2 hectares (Category 3 fires) must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling

1 888 797-1717. Burn registration numbers are available free of charge.

If a fire escapes, the person who lit it may be held liable for fire suppression costs and damages. It is the responsibility of the individual lighting the fire to ensure that burning is done safely and in accordance with regulations.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

 

Contacts:

Karlie Shaughnessy Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service Southeast Fire Centre

250 365-4014

 

Carlee Kachman Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service Southeast Fire Centre

250 365-4056

more snow.......! lots more snow....

Warnings

4:14 AM PST Monday 06 February 2017
Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • Arrow Lakes - Slocan Lake(which effects us over here in the north kootenay lake area, too)...

A low pressure system moving across the interior will continue to give snow heavy at times over the Kootenays today.

Total snowfall accumulations of 15 to 35 cm can be expected by this evening before the snow tapers off to a few flurries. Gusty winds will also accompany the system producing localised blowing snow.

Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm.

Warnings... Feb 4-5-...

highway 31, cooper creek highway cam.

highway 31, cooper creek highway cam.

 

3:42 AM PST Saturday 04 February 2017
 

Snowfall, with total amounts of about 15 cm is expected in the area.

An active weather system off the BC Coast will continue to give periods of heavy snow to the Kootenays. Another 10 cm of snow can be expected today, with another 10 to 15 cm likely tonight.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm.

 

Monitor drivebc.ca. for further updates.

Avalanche Awareness Days.... January 21 and 22, 2017.

From Avalanche Canada:

 

Celebrate winter and our beautiful backcountry and become more avalanche aware! There are a number of events through the winter season in various locales.

In our area, check out Red Mt in Rossland or Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden to see what they have planned...

Avalanche Awareness Days is a national celebration of Canada's avalanche safety expertise and an invitation to enjoy the winter backcountry with education and training. No matter what your mode of travel, or your level of knowledge, there are Avalanche Awareness Days events throughout BC, AB and QC that you will enjoy. Check our events page for an event near you. Many events take place on Jan. 21-22, but there are other dates as well.