Cannabis and Fire Safety

The legalization of non-medical cannabis provides an opportunity to revisit the importance of fire safety in the home.

Be Alert!

Reduce the risk of cooking fires by being alert. You may not be fully alert if you are tired, drowsy or impaired by alcohol, cannabis, other drugs or certain medications.

Smoking is Smoking

Smoking and smoking materials is one of the top causes of residential fires in B.C.

If you smoke – be it cannabis or tobacco – consider smoking outside and only where it is permitted, and encourage friends or family who smoke to do the same.

If you do smoke inside, use large, deep ashtrays. Be cautious when smoking on sofas and couches – a burning cigarette can smolder between the cushions of upholstered furniture and go unnoticed for hours.

Whether it is cannabis or tobacco, properly extinguish and dispose of all smoking materials in large, deep ashtrays. Do not discard of any smoking materials in garbage cans or vegetation such as mulch, planter boxes, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.

Don’t smoke in bed, or when you are drowsy or impaired by alcohol, cannabis, other drugs or certain medications.

Cannabis Oil Extraction – May Be Illegal and Dangerous

Extracting cannabis oil with organic solvents, including petroleum naphtha and compressed liquid hydrocarbons such as butane, isobutane, propane and propylene, is not only illegal under the federal Cannabis Act, but also extremely hazardous. It can result in the uncontrolled release of flammable vapours. If ignited, these vapours lead to explosions and fires that can cause serious injury or death.

Hazardous extraction in basements is particularly dangerous because flammable vapours can accumulate in higher concentrations leading to even more powerful explosions.