Fire Safety Tips

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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 9-1-1 immediately.

Fire-risk Rating

It's always important to keep an eye on and be aware of the local fire-risk rating as there are a number of changes and impacts to residents when it increases such as barbeque bans in our parks or the relaxation of watering restrictions in areas adjacent to heavily wooded/forested areas such as Mundy Park the northern forested boundary of ​the city.

Low Fire Risk



 The current fire risk is “​LOW”


 

Stay Safe Doing Summer Renos 

Homes that encroach on forests and wildlands are at risk of wildfire spread between vegetation and structures.

Residents doing home renos during summer can minimize those risks by following some simple guidelines:

  • using construction materials such as concrete tile, slate, metal and terra-cotta that can reduce a fire’s spread
  • ensuring adequate fire protection is provided including hot-works safety practices during welding, roofing and plumbing installations
  • constructing outdoor structures like gazebos at least nine metres from the house or other structures
  • keeping flammable debris at least 10 metres away from the home
  • refraining from landscaping with highly-flammable trees such as evergreens and bark-mulch, opting instead for deciduous shrubs or trees, succulent plants, and slow-growing plants with thick, woody stems all situated well away from the home. 

Check out these tip sheets for more helpful tips and info. 

 

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 the 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.

You can read and learn more about living on a wildland/urban interface area and measures you can take to protect your safety and that of the adjacent forest on ​our wildland/urban interface webpage

Fire Safety is Everyone’s ​Responsibility!

Knowing the top causes of fires is a good way to start learning how to prevent fires. ​Did you know that cooking is the number one cause of fires in the home? Heating, electrical, smoking and candles are also among the top five causes.

You can also help prevent fire damage and injury by ensuring your family is prepared for a fire emergency by developing a home fire escape plan, and installing and regularly inspecting both smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors.

To reduce the types of fires mentioned above and to learn more about how to prepare for a fire emergency, check out all the resources listed below.

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  • Candles

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO)

  • Cooking Safety

  • Electrical

  • Escape Planning

  • Fire Safety for Kids

  • Grilling

  • Heating

  • Smoke Alarms

  • Smoking

Additional Resources

For more tip sheets on other topics and information on how to keep your home and family safe, visit nfpa.org.

For safety tip sheets in different languages, click on the link above, then chose the “Tip sheets in multiple languages” or “Easy-to-read-tip sheets”.

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