Fire safety and prevention

Families standing near a firetruck

In North America, someone dies in a fire every 80 minutes, and someone is treated for a burn every 15 seconds.

The most effective way to protect yourself, and the ones you love, is to learn proper fire prevention and survival skills. Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services offers many opportunities for people of all ages to learn fire protection, fire safety, fire prevention, and proper fire extinguisher usage.

Find out more about fire and life safety

Vancouver Fire Rescue Services teach fire and life safety courses where you can learn valuable life and safety skills, and gain hands on fire extinguishing experience. Register yourself, or arrange for us to teach your group to prevent fires in your home, business, school, and other private and public places.

Sign up for fire safety training

Three steps to a fire-safe home

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services wants to keep you safe. Follow our fire safety tips to help you to plan for the event of a fire, and practise your home fire escape route.

After a fire or emergency incident

It is often difficult to recover from a traumatic event such as a fire or natural disaster. Learn how to get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.

Find out more about fire safety, prevention, and protection

Fire safety for children

Keep your children safe by fire proofing your kids. Get tips for preventing children from setting fires from Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services.

Fire safety for seniors

Seniors are the most vulnerable to fire injury and death. Our fire safety tips will help seniors prevent fires and stay safe in case of fire.

Outdoor fire safety

A permit is required for open burning in Vancouver. Learn more about cooking and fire safety in the outdoors whether in your backyard or at a park.

Vancouver fire halls

Find a fire hall in your neighbourhood. Schools and community groups can arrange a fire hall tour to learn and remember fire safety tips.

Plan for an emergency

Personal and family emergency preparedness

Get all of the help and advice you need to survive a major earthquake or other disaster in Vancouver.

Free emergency preparedness workshops

Prepare for, respond to, and recover from earthquakes, tsunamis, heat waves, and other disasters in our free workshops.

Fire safety

Keeping yourself, your family, and your home safe from a fire. Get prevention tips, apply for fire permits and inspections, fill out a fire safety plan, and find out what to do after a fire.


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Fire Bylaw

Summary of the City of Vancouver Fire Bylaw 12472. This bylaw contains the regulations actively enforced by Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services.