Dangers of landscape mulch

Bark mulch, commonly used as ground cover, can become a fire hazard in hot and dry conditions.

In 2010, the 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, cigars and matches discarded into landscaped areas could start a fire.

Reduce the risk of fire – follow these guidelines:

Remember: hot and dry conditions in the summer months may create the ideal condition for a fire. Protect your property – keep your mulch moist.

The Saint John Fire Department wants citizens to be aware of the danger posed by mulch used in landscaping. Bark mulch, commonly used as ground cover, can become a fire hazard in hot and dry conditions.

The 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, cigars and matches discarded into landscaped areas could start a fire.

Reduce the risk of fire – follow these guidelines:

Remember: hot and dry conditions in the summer months may create the ideal condition for a fire. Protect your property – keep your mulch moist.