Be Summer Safe


Water safety saves lives. Enjoying our rivers, streams, and lakes is a fun way to spend a warm day. 

Keep safety top of mind:  

  •         Life jackets are required
  •         Plan for your day on the water – check river conditions, flow rates, and weather conditions
  •         Bring the right supplies including a complete water safety kit
  •         Keep kids close around all bodies of water and ensure they are wearing a lifejacket
  •         Intoxication on the water is dangerous and against the law

Weather and fire hazard conditions in Cochrane can change rapidly. It is the responsibility of anyone who starts a fire to know the current fire hazard level, manage their fire properly and extinguish the fire completely.


Fire pits are a great way to relax and enjoy your yard, cook some marshmallows and visit with your neighbours.

Follow these safety tips:

  • Fire pits must be on a non-combustible surface with 3 metres of space in every direction from buildings, fences, decks, trees and the property line.
  • Enclosed sides must be made from bricks, concrete blocks, metal, or other non-combustible materials and meet guidelines established in the Fire Services Bylaw. 
  • Burn only clean dry seasoned wood.
  • Never leave a firepit unsupervised or unattended
  • Do not use your fire pit during a fire ban, fire restriction or when there is extreme wind in the community.

There is nothing better than the smell of food on the grill and spending time outside with friends and family.

Follow these simple tips:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
community resilience
Now that many of us are spending more time outdoors in our communities, it’s easier to get to know the people who live around us. Connections made before a disruption or an emergency can make it easier to ask for help, or offer help when it’s needed.
Start building resilience in your community with these quick tips:
  • Start with a friendly wave and say hello. Talking about the weather can help start a conversation.
  • Create a shared contact list so you can stay connected during good times, and bad times.
  • Set up a buddy system for things like getting the mail when you’re out of town, or for checking in on each other during a heat wave.