Weed legalization worries Halifax Fire due to hazards
The city’s deputy fire chief is learning far more about rolling joints, grow-ops and the different ways to consume cannabis than he ever expected.
That’s because the upcoming legalization of recreational weed does pose some potential fire risks that many consumers probably aren’t thinking about. These include careless disposal of smoking materials, badly manufactured vaporizers overheating and catching fire as well as people trying to grow their own without using the proper lamps or equipment.
“We’re getting ready for it. We’re still gathering data and information from departments, especially in the U.S., who are working in this already to see what they’re experiencing and what their outcomes are,” said Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency deputy chief Roy Hollett.
“I think we’ll be working with other agencies putting a blitz out on safety, even how if you’re going to have a home grow operation, how to do it safely. We’re looking at way more than just the careless smoking piece. It’s the growing, it’s the heating lamps, electrical power, fertilizers.”
Hollett has been speaking with officials in places like Colorado, where recreational cannabis has been legal since 2012. But he’s also been learning firsthand from growers and regular users.
“I don’t think it’ll be blown off the scale, but I think we’ll see a slight increase (in residential fires). We’ll probably see new users who’ve never tried it and ... like alcohol, it affects everyone differently,” he said.