Outside Fire Safety

Reduce Potential Fire Hazards in Your Yard

  • Keep your yard free of debris throughout the year by raking leaves, poplar fuzz or picking up garbage
  • Move your woodpile away from your house, shed, fence, trees, fire pit or any combustible materials
  • Use your fire pit for recreational purposes only, including campfires and cooking. The City of St. Albert does not permit the burning of yard refuse or garbage in fire pits. Burn clean, dry wood only.
  • Rake up poplar fuzz, especially from May through July, as the fuzz can ignite if it catches a spark
  • Inspect BBQ gas grills, including gas hoses, gas grill lines, and propane tanks before use.
  • To eliminate the chance of a fire spreading beyond the barbeque, position your barbeque away from your home.
  • Do not extinguish cigarette butts in planters. Most planters contain peat moss, which can smoulder, then ignite and cause small fires.

It’s also important to properly dispose of cigarette butts. Cigarettes flicked out of a car window or dropped in yards or trails can ignite a fire.

Residents can dispose of yard waste at the St. Albert Compost Depot on Villeneuve Road. A full list of acceptable items, including branches, leaves, and grass clippings, can be found on the Compost Depot page. Some of these items can also be included in your green organics cart. For a list of acceptable items, visit Curbside Organics.


To learn more, visit the following links, all of which provide you with valuable information and helpful tips on keeping your family safe.

  • Three-Minute Drill Campaign
    This site provides you and your family with strategies that you can easily incorporate to increase feelings of safety in your home.
  • Alberta Emergency Management Agency
    Visit this site for educational resources for children, safety tips and a helpful online kit.

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Last edited: February 16, 2023