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

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?

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