Fire safety at home

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.

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

Fire safety plan

Your fire safety plan should include these three home fire protection, prevention, and safety components.

Preventing electrical fires

Electrical fires are one of the top causes of house fires in Canada. Learn electrical safety tips that will help keep your home safe.

Battery fire prevention

Batteries supply power to many kinds of devices. Find out how to use them safely.

Fire extinguishers

A fire extinguisher can put out or control a small fire until help arrives. Learn about what to look for in an extinguisher and how to use it.

Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms (also called smoke detectors) save lives. Review our safety tips for installing and maintaining smoke alarms in your home.

Carbon monoxide alarms

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odourless gas that is produced by combustion. Find out how to install and maintain a carbon monoxide alarm.

Book a free home safety check

Find out how you can have your home checked for safety concerns by firefighters from Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services.

Contact Fire Prevention

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8:30am to 4:30pm

600 - 575 W 8th Ave
Vancouver BC, V5Z 0C4

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.