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Fire safety and prevention

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. We offer many opportunities for people of all ages to learn fire protection, fire safety, fire prevention, and proper fire extinguisher usage.

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Fire and life safety training

We 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.

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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week 2022 runs from October 9-15. This year's theme is "Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape". Find out more.

Outdoor fire safety

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

Fire safety at home

Follow our fire safety tips to help you plan for a fire and practice your home fire escape route.

Seasonal fire prevention

Follow a few simple tips to ensure you have a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

Children fire safety

Find activities and tools for teaching children about fire safety. Book a firehall tour or the Fire and Life Safety House.

Seniors fire safety

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.

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.

Emergency preparedness education

Attend a free workshop or watch a 20 minute video on how to get prepared for emergencies.

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 By-law

Summary of the City of Vancouver Fire By-law 12472. This by-law contains the regulations actively enforced by Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services.