The Province is urging safety first as travel gets underway for the Victoria Day weekend.

“As British Columbians head out to enjoy the long weekend, we are urging people to take precautions to be fire and emergency safe,” said Premier John Horgan.

“[We’ve] taken significant steps to make sure that we’re ready for the 2019 fire season, including new investments in fire prevention and fire response, but we all have a part to play to protect our communities and province.”

The B.C. government says it expects to put a strong emphasis on fire prevention in the months ahead. A wildfire prevention information campaign will run from mid-May to early September on radio, television and online platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Spotify.

This year’s campaign focuses on wildfire prevention, how to report wildfires, the safe disposal of cigarettes, and using campfires and off-road vehicles responsibly.

The goal is to ensure that people have the information they need to stay safe and protect their families and homes.

Most wildfires in the spring are caused by human activity and therefore are entirely preventable. The B.C. Wildfire Service has already responded to 176 fires since April 1.

“Wildfires are often unpredictable, so for that reason, I encourage people living in rural areas to take the time to prepare their grab-and-go bags and emergency kits well in advance,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness.

“We’ve expanded our partners in preparedness program, so people can buy kits from more retailers, and have also launched a new PreparedBC Facebook page.”

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