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

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

False Alarm Reduction Program

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

Fire Extinguishers

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

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

Fire Sprinklers

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

Wildfire Preparedness

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


Fire & Rescue Services


Fire Education

Contact West Vancouver Fire & Rescue for information on the department’s fire and safety education programs for children and adults to help you and family practice safe fire behaviours.


Report a fire

Call 911 immediately to report a fire. Indicate where the fire is located, provide a description of what is on fire, who is trapped or in danger, how the fire started and any additional details: odour, smoke, flames.