Home fire safety

Fire prevention starts at home. A properly stocked household, complete with functioning smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide sensors, could be the difference between a controlled situation and a tragedy. Read on for tips and advice and how you can be prepared.

For information on fire safety for commercial properties, visit Commercial Fire Safety.

Have an Escape Plan

You and your family should practise an escape routine in the event of a fire. Always have two ways out and decide on a meeting place away from your home. Notify heavy sleepers and assist anyone who cannot exit on their own. Once everyone is safely outside, call 911 immediately.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms save lives but only if they are they are properly installed and maintained. The following tips will help to ensure that your smoke alarms are functioning at peak performance.

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False Alarm Reduction Program

The False Alarm Reduction Program is in place to help ensure that firefighters are always available when needed. False alarms can tie up fire crews and impact their availability for other emergencies. Some causes are faulty systems, construction dust or unauthorized tampering.

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Fire Extinguishers

A small portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property. At least one portable fire extinguisher should be kept in an accessible location on each level of your home. Your fire extinguishers should be inspected monthly and shaken once a year to stir up the powder inside. In-home fire extinguishers should be replaced after twelve years.

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odourless and deadly gas. Carbon monoxide detectors detect carbon monoxide gas in your home, which is the result of natural gas combustion from gas fireplaces, furnaces, hot water heaters and dryers. Older, malfunctioning and improperly installed gas burning appliances can fill your home with carbon monoxide, causing flu-like symptoms. Higher doses can lead to unconsciousness or even death.

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Fire Sprinklers

A fire sprinkler system in your home can save lives and property. Sprinkler systems are required in any new construction in West Vancouver. They also require periodic maintenance and an annual inspection by a qualified technician. If you live in an older home, a sprinkler system can be retrofitted to work on your property.

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Oily or gas-soaked rags

Oily rags have a long history of being a source of fire because many people are not aware that they have the ability to spontaneously combust and catch on fire. Examples of these products are oil-based paints and stains, varnishes, and poly-urethane paint thinners.

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Wildfire Preparedness

Wildfires can jump from the forest to your home, or from your home to the forest. Protect your home and community by reducing the risk of wildfire on your property. Find out how you can help.

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Report a fire

Call 911 immediately to report a fire. Indicate where the fire is located, provide a description of what is on fire, who is trapped or in danger, how the fire started and any additional details: odour, smoke, flames.