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.

More Local News

Contamination in organics bins an early collection issue

Fort Saskatchewan residents are doing a decent job with the city's new waste collection program.

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Fort Saskatchewan area.

Semi-truck catches fire outside of Gibbons

A truck driver was a part of a close call.

Potential downpour on the way for area

Up to 50mm of rain could hit Fort Saskatchewan and area this weekend.

Council finalizes decision on cannabis retail in the city

After seeking public input and hearing from concerned citizens, Fort Saskatchewan city council has officially decided where residents will be able to shop for cannabis in the fall.

Fish and Wildlife: bear safety important in Strathcona County

Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers have responded to a handful of calls about black bear sightings in Strathcona County this month.

Local teacher to retire after 43-year career

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) teacher Celia Hayes is retiring.

Bon Accord gets new air monitoring station

Air quality will now be monitored in Bon Accord.

St. John Paul II School celebrates final graduating class

A group of Fort Saskatchewan teenagers made local history last Friday (Jun.15), walking across the Shell Theatre stage as the final graduating class of St. John Paul II Catholic School.

Local chef Beccy Stables wins MasterChef Canada, $100,000

A Sherwood Park teenager is now a MasterChef Canada champion.

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login