Home fire safety
Fire prevention starts at home. A properly stocked household, complete with functioning smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide sensors, could be the difference between a controlled situation and a tragedy. Read on for tips and advice and how you can be prepared.
For information on fire safety for commercial properties, visit Commercial Fire Safety.
Have an Escape Plan
You and your family should practise an escape routine in the event of a fire. Always have two ways out and decide on a meeting place away from your home. Notify heavy sleepers and assist anyone who cannot exit on their own. Once everyone is safely outside, call 911 immediately.
Smoke alarms save lives but only if they’re properly installed and maintained. Read on for tips to ensure that your smoke alarms are functioning at peak performance. More Information
Your first false alarm (during a consecutive 12-month period) is free but you will be charged a sliding fee for subsequent false fire alarm activations. This sliding fee is to minimize the number of false alarms we receive: the average number is about 500 annually). More Information
A small portable fire extinguisher on every level of your home can save lives and your property. Fire extinguishers should be inspected monthly and shaken well once each year to stir up the ingredients inside. More Information
Carbon monoxide detectors detect this odourless and colourless in your home, the result of natural gas combustion from gas fireplaces, furnaces, hot water heaters and dryers. Older and improperly installed gas-burning appliances can fill your home with carbon monoxide and can cause flu-like symptoms. Higher doses can cause loss of consciousness or death. More Information
A fire sprinkler system in your home can save lives and property. Sprinkler systems are required in any new construction in West Vancouver. They also require periodic maintenance and an annual inspection by a qualified technician. If you live in an older home, a sprinkler system can be retrofitted to work on your property. More Information
Wildfires can jump from the forest to your home, or from your home to the forest. Protect your home and community by reducing the risk of wildfire on your property. Find out how you can help. More Information
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