Summer Fire Safety
Summer in West Vancouver means making the most of our many trails, beaches, parks and patios. Please take proper safety precautions when barbecuing and read our picnic guidelines so you can enjoy summer safely.
In West Vancouver, you can use the following fire devices on your property.
- gas fireplaces (portable or plumbed)
- charcoal barbecues
- propane barbecues
No open fires are permitted (this includes beaches).
Smoking is prohibited in all West Vancouver parks and beaches. Even in urban areas and designated spaces, be sure to discard cigarettes safely.
Report unsafe fire activities
To report any unsafe fire activities that you witness, call:
Please take proper safety precautions when barbecuing and read our picnic guidelines.
You can use propane and charcoal barbecues on private properties, beaches and parks at any time of the year in West Vancouver unless specifically banned by signage during the summer season from May to October.
Note: No fires of any kind, including propane barbecues, are permitted in Lighthouse Park at any time.
When barbecuing, be sure to use the following safe grilling practices:
- propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors
- place the grill well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches
- keep children and pets away from the grill area
- keep your barbecue clean by removing grease build-up from the grills and in trays below the grill
- never leave your grill unattended
- be sure to turn off both your barbecue and propane flow after use
- never store a propane tank indoors
- always light a propane gas barbecue with the lid open
- check the gas tank hose for leaks by applying light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a leak and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call Fire & Rescue at 604-925-7370
- turn off both your barbecue and the flow of propane after use
- a charcoal chimney allows you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel
- if you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add starter fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire
- keep starter fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources
- when finished grilling, let coals cool before disposing of them in a metal container or in the supplied ash bins at beaches and parks
The following are never allowed in West Vancouver due to the risk of spreading a fire:
- beach/park fires
- outdoor pizza ovens
- outdoor wood-burning fireplaces
- fire bowls
- fire pits
Although fires on beaches and in parks are not legal, community events sponsored by the District of West Vancouver can apply for a Beach Fire/Open Air Permit.
Smoking is banned in ALL parks and wooded areas due to the fire risk. Be sure to discard cigarettes safely, even in urban areas. To report a careless smoker, please call 604-925-7370.
Your litter could start a fire! Paper cups, food wrappers and other combustibles can act like fuel. Glass and bottles can act as a magnifying glass for the sun to start fires. Please ensure you dispose of garbage in a proper receptacle and recycle glass and bottles in an appropriate way.
West Vancouver Fire & Rescue
Report a Fire
If you see a fire anywhere that appears to be out of control, please call 9-1-1 immediately to report it.
Lighthouse Park Fire ban
Fires, barbecues and smoking are all permanently banned at Lighthouse Park. Enjoy the park but do your part to keep it fire-free.
Fire Danger Rating
Always check to see if there are any restrictions or closures before you go.