Fire Safety

Firecrackers & Fireworks

Did You Know?

  • The risk of fireworks injury is highest for children ages 5–14.
  • More than 80 per cent of emergency room fireworks injuries involve fireworks consumers are permitted to use.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by professionals.
  • After a fireworks display, do not pick up leftover fireworks as they may still be active.
  • The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200° which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns.  

Firecrackers

It is illegal to sell, buy and/or set off firecrackers in the City of Coquitlam. Firecrackers are small cylindrical fireworks that are designed as noisemakers such as bottle rockets and screechers.

Fireworks

It is illegal to buy or sell fireworks in Coquitlam. Setting off fireworks is also prohibited unless the user has a Firework Permit from the Coquitlam Fire/Rescue Department. The application must be submitted at least 72 hours prior to your planned fireworks event. Permit fees range from $50 - $100 depending on the nature and degree of hazard of the fireworks. It is illegal to buy or sell fireworks in Coquitlam and there is a fine of $250 to $1,000 for any infractions. 

To obtain a fireworks permit in Coquitlam you will need to verify that you have:

  • a person responsible for the fireworks, who is at least 19 years old; 
  • plans to keep spectators at a safe distance from the location where the fireworks are being set off; 
  • protection of public and private property; and 
  • proper fire extinguishing equipment available. ​

Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Choose costumes that are bright or reflective and that don’t drag on the ground.
  • Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to increase visibility.
  • Ensure kids scan see clearly thorugh masks or choose makeup instead.
  • Use battery-operated candles for jack-o-lanterns and other decorations.
  • Keep matches, lighters, candles, and fireworks out of children’s reach.

Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Expect the unexpected - slow down and look for pedestrians. The chance of getting into a serious or fatal collision increases when there are lots of kids and teens out on the streets.
  • There will be more foot traffic on Halloween night and most of it will be excited young children so give yourself extra time to navigate residential streets and be especially mindful while driving.

Safety Tips for Pets

  • Keep pets inside so they have fewer opportunities for confrontation with trick-or treaters. Fireworks and costumed strangers can be terrifying for pets potentially causing them to run away from home, jump out of open windows or dart into traffic. 
  • Make sure your dog or cat wears identification and a permanent ID registered with the BC Pet Registry (such as a tattoo or microchip) in case they run away.
  • If your pet finds the doorbell disturbing, consider disconnecting it for the night. 
  • Keep human treats out of your pet’s reach - candy is unhealthy for pets, particularly chocolate which can be toxic.
  • Don’t take your pet with you trick-or-treating as the strange sights, sounds and activity can cause a normally friendly dog to bite if it feels scared or threatened.
  • Be mindful that dressing your pet in a costume may make them uncomfortable or inhibit their ability to communicate. This may cause dogs to display fearful or aggressive beahviour or be subjected to aggressive behaviour from other dogs.

Fire Safety Tips

Coquitlam Fire/Rescue typically ​responds to a high number of fires ​in the fall and winter, as a result of both unattended cooking and burning candles. The Coquitlam Fire Department recommends the following simple tips to keep you, your family and your home safe. We recommend these safety tips to keep you and your family and home safe.

Candles

  • Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Keep candles at least 30 cm (1’) away from anything that can burn; such as clothing, bedding, books, curtains or Christmas trees.
  • Use sturdy non-tip, non- combustible candle holders that are large enough to collect dripping wax.
  • If a power outage occurs, use a flashlight instead of candles.
  • Choose battery operated “flameless” candles as a great alternative to open flame candles. They are readily available and add a nice ambiance to your home without the risk.

Cooking

  • Never leave cooking unattended, especially when cooking with oil or grease.
  • If a pot catches fire, carefully slide a tight fitting lid over the pot to smother the flames. 
  • If a fire ignites on the stove, in the oven or in the microwave oven; turn off the heat source.
  • Never use water on a grease fire.

Heating

  • Space heaters should always be plugged directly into an outlet – never use an extension cord.
  • Turn off space heaters when the room is not occupied or when going to bed.
  • Always keep all combustibles at least 1 m (3’) clear of space heaters. 
  • Ensure all your home-heating appliances (furnace, gas fireplace, wood-burning appliances & chimneys) are in good, clean working condition and serviced on a regular basis. 

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