Seasonal Safety Tips

Reading these simple tips and safety information can make a difference in reducing the risk of fires and injuries.

Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Alarms Save Lives

Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms save people's lives. Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast - working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide. Make sure to have both of these installed in your home.

You can read more information on Smoke Alarms on this safety tip sheet, and more details about Carbon Monoxide Alarms on this helpful tip sheet as well.

Escape Planning

Plan ahead! If a fire breaks out in your home, you have only about 3 minutes to get out to safely. Follow these simple safety tips and make and practice your family escape plan now.

Here's a helpful Fire Escape Plan handout to create your plan ​for your family.

Scald Prevention

Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries and can happen at any age. Hot liquids from bath water, hot coffee and even microwaved soup can cause devastating injuries. Children, older adults and people with disabilities are especially at risk. Please review this helpful safety tip sheet with more details on how you can prevent scalds and burns in the home.


Cooking brings family and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity, and can be relaxing. But did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries?

The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking and most cooking fires in the home involve the stove top. Follow these simple safety tips and cook with caution!

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 

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 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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.

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

• Coquitlam Fire/Rescue Department at 604-927-6400  (24/7)
• Coquitlam Water Conservation Coordinator at 604-927-3546 (Regular Office Hours)

Fire Prevention Division
1300 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C. V3B 7S4