The real world dangers of fire

The effects of a fire in real life are more drastic than what is shown on TV and in movies.

  • Fires in homes give off thick, black smoke that makes it almost impossible to see. Even though you are in your own home, you can become disoriented and go the wrong way – perhaps towards the fire!
  • In a fire, the smoke will kill you long before the flames get close. Smoke contains poisonous gases that deaden your senses and prevent you from waking up.
  • Most fires happen at night when people are asleep. Without smoke alarms, you have little chance of getting out alive.
  • Fires give off intense heat, up to 2,000 degrees Celsius at ceiling level. These temperatures can cause severe burns and make you lose consciousness.
  • A fire can spread extremely quickly, engulfing a home in a matter of minutes. Smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan will provide time for you to get out safely.

Protection through prevention

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services choose to lead the city in the area of public safety. Our goal is to encourage everyone to learn how to be safe around fire to reduce the risk of fire incidents so that your home, your business, your family, and your friends, are all protected.

Our courses are different from others because our trainers have years of direct experience as emergency first responders. This experience gives us a better perspective on issues related to fire protection, fire prevention, and life safety.

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Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services teach Fire and Life Safety courses that review these tips in greater depth, and provide you with hands on fire extinguishing experience.

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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.