Extension cords are causing injuries in Fort Saskatchewan.

In the past six months the city has received two reports of pedestrians suffering broken bones after tripping on electrical cords draped over sidewalks. Although the city’s traffic bylaw prohibits the practice, people continue to use extension cords to connect parked vehicles, including RVs, to household power sources.

“Something people often don't consider when their trailer is parked on the street is they'll run an extension cord out to the vehicle. So that extension cord of course crosses the sidewalk which violates a bylaw and could result in a $100 fine,” said municipal enforcement supervisor Matt Lowther.

Lowther pointed to a few other parking-related rules residents need to follow now that camping season is underway.

According to city bylaw, RVs must be parked adjacent to the owner’s home and can’t be left in the same spot for more than 24 hours at a time. RVs must be moved off-street for 24 hours before they can be parked again.

“We want to make sure the streets have enough driving room for vehicles to pass them safely and for emergency vehicles to go by,” Lowther said.

It is also against the bylaw for people to occupy or stay overnight in RVs left in the street. Any trailers parked in streets must be attached to a vehicle.

Lowther said that with RVs sometimes taking up more than their share of street parking, there is also the “good neighbour” aspect to consider.

“We want to make sure that people aren't monopolizing on-street parking for people just wanting to park vehicles in front of their homes or near their homes,” he said.

Lowther encourages residents to plan ahead when expecting visitors travelling in RVs by making room in their driveways or scouting out acceptable parking locations.

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