Seasonal Safety Tips

Summer Fire Safety

During the summer season's drier and warmer temperatures, residents need to take steps that can both reduce and limit the risk of fire. This includes adhering to City bylaws that ban open air burning, littering cigarette butts and smoking in parks. Protect yourself, your family and our community this summer by following these simple tips.

  • Do not smoke in parks. Not only is smoking – including e-cigarettes – banned in City parks, but the fine – normally $150 – increases to $500 during summer due to heightened fire risk.
  • Do not litter cigarette butts. Doing so can result in a $150 fine.
  • Do not have any open fires or conduct outdoor burning.
  • Relocate combustible debris or firewood at least 10 metres away from your home.
  • Be aware when mowing your lawn that if the blade comes into contact with a rock, it can cause a spark that may ignite a fire.
  • Ensure your vehicle's exhaust does not emit onto a dry lawn.
  • Reduce the amount of fuel present around your homes; prune your shrubs, remove dead and dry vegetation and tree limbs 2-3 metres from the ground.
  • Break up continuous vegetation and space so there is no continuous canopy or line of vegetation leading to your home.
  • Keep the roof and gutters clear of dead needles; prune branches that hang over the roof.

Residents should take precautions against accidental fires and be alert to signs of fire. Report any signs of smoke or fire by calling 911 immediately.

Grilling Safety

There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.

Fireworks

As part of the Fire Prevention and Life Safety Bylaw No. 3712, 2005, it is illegal to buy or sell fireworks in Coquitlam. Setting off fireworks is also prohibited unless the user has a permit from the Coquitlam Fire/Rescue Department. And di you know that more than 80% of emergency room fireworks injuries involve fireworks consumers are permitted to use? Please check out all the detailed information we have about firework use in Coquitlam and fireworks safety including firecrackers, so you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

Do Not Litter Cigarette Butts

Each summer,  Coquitlam Fire / Rescue responds to grass and brush fires throughout our City and most of these are caused by littering cigarette butts. These fires are too common and are preventable. Do not litter cigarette butts - doing so can result is a $150 fine.

Please follow these three tips to help prevent ground fires and keep your homes and our community safe:

  • Cigarette butts should never be disposed of on the ground and never thrown out of car windows.
  • Never use garden soil or planter pots to extinguish a cigarette! 
  • Use a proper ashtray with sand or water to fully extinguish your cigarette.


Fire Risk Rating

The hot and dry weather the Lower Mainland has been experiencing lately has caused the fire risk rating to increase.

Should the fire risk rating increase into the “Extreme” range for three or more consecutive days, certain residential and business properties located immediately adjacent to Mundy Park and along the northern forested boundary of the City may be eligible for a relaxation of summertime watering restrictions.

Moderate Fire Risk



 The current fire risk is “MODERATE”

Eligible Residential & Business Properties List for relaxation of the City's watering regulations.

Should the City experience an extended period of “Extreme” fire risk, the Fire/Rescue Department will be encouraging occupants of these properties to ensure grass, trees and other vegetation are sufficiently hydrated.

Wildland/Urban Interface Areas

Coquitlam has many areas where the wilderness and urban development meet. This means that structures and vegetation are sufficiently close together that a wildfire may spread between trees or vegetation and structures easily.

Coquitlam Fire/Rescue, along with other agencies, have the means to suppress or control structure and wildfires. With cooperation from homeowners in the urban interface areas who reduce fuel and exposure to wildland fires, we can both reduce and limit the risk of fire. Please read these recommendations about wildland/urban interface areas so you can reduce the risks of damage and increase the chance that your home will survive a wildfire.

Revised Watering Regulations for Properties & Businesses Identified as Extreme Risk

Please be aware that these relaxations only apply to specific properties and only after 3 or more consecutive days where the fire risk danger is in the extreme range. Otherwise normal watering regulations still apply. 

Residential Properties - Lawn watering is allowed:

EVEN numbered addresses 
• Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

ODD numbered addresses 
• Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Non-residential Properties - Lawn watering is allowed:

EVEN numbered addresses 
• Monday and Wednesday, 1 a.m. - 6 a.m.
• Friday 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

ODD numbered addresses 
• Tuesday and Thursday, 1 a.m. - 6 a.m.
• Friday 4:00 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

If you need more information, please contact one of the following:

Fire Prevention Division
1300 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C. V3B 7S4
604-927-6433
firerescue@coquitlam.ca