Seasonal Safety Tips

smokedetectInspect Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Changing our clocks back one hour at the end of Daylight Savings on Sunday, Nov. 4 is the perfect time to inspect and do maintenance on your smoke detectors as well as carbon monoxide ​alarms. Take this opportunity to change their batteries and inspect to ensure they are in proper working order.

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.

Do Not Litter Cigarette Butts

Each summer,  Coquitlam Fire / Rescue responds to grass and brush fires throughout our City and most of these are caused by littering cigarette butts. These fires are too common and are preventable. Do not litter cigarette butts - doing so can result is a $150 fine.

Please follow these three tips to help prevent ground fires and keep your homes and our community safe:

  • Cigarette butts should never be disposed of on the ground and never thrown out of car windows.
  • Never use garden soil or planter pots to extinguish a cigarette! 
  • Use a proper ashtray with sand or water to fully extinguish your cigarette.

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