Many areas along the coast ofhave been exempted from the ban on . Experts remind to be cautious, a report said.
The ban, lifted Friday at noon, means thatare now allowed in the Coastal Centre region, except for the southern area of Vancouver Island, where the ban is still in place.
“risk ratings have dropped in many of the Coastal Centre regions due to recent rain and cooler temperatures, but the public is encouraged to remain vigilant when using ,” states a Service statement.
The Victoria to Union Bay on its east coast and from Victoria to Nootka Sound on the west coast. The ban covers many islands, including Denman, Hornby, Gabriolas, Salt Spring, Pender, and other smaller islands.ban on Vancouver Island continues in the South Island Resource District. This district covers the southern third of Vancouver and extends from
Kamloops Centre still enforces the ban on .
Experts warn families with young children in areas where fires are allowed tobecause they are more susceptible to the dangers of .
Gayanne Pacholzuk is the coordinator ofProfessional Fund, Kelowna. “Children love , they are super curious, and they’re very fast,” she said.
According to her,had twice the number of and burns in 2020 than it did the year before. The majority of the children were younger than five years old, so their skin was thinner and more susceptible to burns.
“During COVID everyone wasand enjoying the great outdoors. Parents should keep that in mind.” She said that some of these are quite serious.
Pacholzuk stated that caregivers should be concerned not only about the flames but also the metal around thepits, and any embers that might still be hot the next morning.
She added that “something that may seem hot to an adult might be devastating for a child.”
Pacholzuk suggests creating a 1-meter zone of no-kids around propanepits, or barbecues.
“Young children want to touch everything. They don’t have as much reaction time as we adults, so they may touch something very hot and then quickly pull away. She said that children may not have the same reaction time as adults and may touch hot surfaces for a longer period of time.”
Pacholzuk, as well as theService, recommend that anyone who is heading out should check for local restrictions.
are defined as anything less than half a meter high and half a meter wide. are allowed in the majority of the Coastal Centre regions, but category 2 and 3 fires, which are larger, are still prohibited.
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