Seasonal Safety Tips

Summer Fire Safety

With drier weather and warmer temperatures summer is a time to be more conscious of fire risks.  Protect yourself, your family and our community this summer by following these simple tips.

Grilling Safety

There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.


As part of the Fire Prevention and Life Safety Bylaw No. 3712, 2005, it is illegal to buy or sell fireworks in Coquitlam. Setting off fireworks is also prohibited unless the user has a permit from the Coquitlam Fire/Rescue Department. And di you know that more than 80% of emergency room fireworks injuries involve fireworks consumers are permitted to use? Please check out all the detailed information we have about firework use in Coquitlam and fireworks safety including firecrackers, so you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

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

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. 

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 4:00 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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

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