Fire Safety Education

Smoke Alarms

Facts about Smoke Alarms

  • Working smoke alarms saves lives.
  • The law requires that smoke alarms are installed. Landlords are also required to ensure their rental properties comply with the law.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed outside sleeping rooms and on every level of your home including the basement.
  • Replace batteries twice a year, when the clocks change in the spring and fall or replace immediately if an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in your home knows the sound of your smoke alarms.
  • Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.
  • Vacuum on a regular basis to remove dust.
  • Plan and practice a home fire escape plan twice a year to know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.

Recycle your old Smoke Alarms

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Related Smoke Alarm Media

For more information, please see the following links for public service announcements and a University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) study on smoke alarms.

Carbon Monoxide Safety

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.

Quick Tips

  • CO alarms should be installed as per manufacturer's instructions.
  • Test CO alarms once a month.
  • Replace batteries twice a year, when the clocks change in the spring and fall.
  • If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries.
  • Replace low batteries.

Fire Safety in a Wildland/Urban Interface Areas

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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.

Our ability to live more safely in this fire environment depends upon everyone taking steps to reduce the risk of a forest fire becoming an urban fire.

Some factors that may influence the fire environment are: weather, topography/slope, available fuel and human activities. By being aware of these factors and following this list of recommendations you can assist in reducing the risks of damage and increase the chance that your home will survive a wildfire.

Reduce Your Risk from Wildfire - Information for Residents

  • Manage the risk and reduce the amount of fuel present - prune your shrubs, remove all dead and dry vegetation and tree limbs 2 - 3 metres from the ground.
  • Break up continuous vegetation.  Vegetation should be spaced so that there is no continuous canopy or line of vegetation leading to your structure. Increase the spacing between shrubs and plants if your lot is on a slope.
  • Plant more fire resistant vegetation around your house or other structures.
  • Relocate firewood and other combustible debris at least 10 metres away from your home.
  • Know the exit routes from your neighbourhood and be prepared to use an alternate route if necessary.
  • If you are replacing your roof, siding or decking, Fire/Rescue is recommending you choose a limited combustible or fire resistant product. (Please check with the Building Department prior to replacing your roof for any other pertinent local regulations.)
  • Keep the roof and gutters clear of dead needles and other accumulations such as dead leaves; prune all branches that hang over the roof.
  • Adhere to local bylaws, which do not allow any open burning, and dispose of smoking materials carefully.

Building & Landscaping Recommendations for Wildland/Urban Interface Areas

Designing and maintaining a fire wise building or subdivision can mean the difference in a successful outcome when dealing with interface fires. The Wildland/Urban Interface Area - Builders, Developers & Professionals Guide has recommendations that are provided to assist in the choice of development design, choice of construction materials and landscaping in interface areas.

Fire Prevention Division
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