Despite an exciting playoff run by the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton bars have resisted the urge to pack to the max.
Deputy fire chief Russell Croome said that since the start of the postseason, there have been very few instances of bars being beyond capacity.
“Two were overcrowded, many were at capacity, and others had some minor issues.”
As a result, Edmonton Fire has scaled back their presence in the bars.
“The first few nights we had two teams out and then we’ve actually scaled back to one team,” Croome stated.
Throughout the playoffs, Croome said Edmonton Fire has conducted 168 inspections at 119 different locations around the city.
According to Croome, the danger with being over capacity is the risk of injury at the exits; when more people try to get through the door, the rate of injury rises.
Bars that have been found to be over capacity face a first-time penalty of thousands of dollars, with a second offense being a fine of up to $100,000.
Croome said while Edmonton Fire and the Edmonton Police Service are still monitoring, they are happy with how the situation has been managed.
“The bars and restaurants have actually been very cooperative. They’ve responded well to the messaging so were really pleased with how the industry has responded.” (BM)