Summer Fire Safety

BARBEQUES IN PARKS BANNED ACROSS THE NORTH SHORE

With continuing hot weather and dry conditions, the three North Shore Fire Chiefs are banning the use of barbeques in parks and beaches effective today.

All barbeques are prohibited to reduce the risk of accidental fire. Learn more
 


 

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.

Safe Grilling Practices

Please take proper safety precautions when barbecuing and read our picnic guidelines

You can use propane and charcoal barbecues on private property, 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

Propane grills

  • 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

Charcoal grills

  • 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
Prohibited

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
  • chimineas

Although fires on beaches and in parks are not legal, community events sponsored by the District of West Vancouver can apply for a fire permit.

As of July 15, the use of barbecues in parks and beaches are banned across the North Shore due to the risk of accidental fire during current weather conditions. 

No Smoking

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.

No Littering

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.

Contact

West Vancouver Fire & Rescue

604-925-7370

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.

Current Fire Danger Rating

Always check to see if there are any restrictions or closures before you go.

Current Fire Danger Rating

Barbecue Ban

As of July 15, the use of barbecues in parks and beaches are banned across the North Shore due to the risk of accidental fire during current weather conditions. 

Barbecue Ban

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