Fire Prevention

Every second counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!

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Courtenay Fire Prevention Branch services include:

  • Annual Fire inspections on approximately 1500 businesses in the City and our fire protection areas.
  • Fire hall tours to various schools, day-cares, and boys and girls clubs
  • Fire safety lectures to various schools and businesses within the community.
  • Fire Safety House Program, which provides all the grade three students in our area with the necessary skills to safely escape a house fire.
  • Demonstrations on the safe handling and use of fire extinguishers.

Our Fire Prevention Branch, in conjunction with Canadian Tire, has provided all of the elementary schools in our area with the Learn Not to Burn program. This program is designed to teach children ranging from kindergarten to grade 3 how to safely react to and get out of a fire. This program is easily incorporated into the weekly lesson plans, and we hope that all of the teachers in the school district are providing their students this life saving information.

Here are some basic fire safety tips that you can use to keep you and your family safe:

Install smoke detectors

Check smoke detectors once a month and change the batteries at least once a year. Smoke detectors sense abnormal amounts of smoke or invisible combustion gases in the air. They can detect both smoldering and burning fires. At least one smoke detector should be installed on every level of a structure. Purchase smoke detectors labeled by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM).

Post emergency numbers near telephones

Be aware that if a fire threatens your home, you should not place the call to emergency services from inside the home. It is better to get out and place the call to fire authorities from a safe location outside the home.

After a fire emergency

Give first aid where appropriate. Seriously injured victims should be transported to professional medical help immediately. Stay out of the damaged building. Return only when fire authorities say it is safe.

Make sure you have a safe fire escape method for all situations

You may have installed a very expensive home security system. But if you cannot escape the burning structure you have a false level of confidence.

Space Heaters Need Space

Keep portable and space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that may burn. Never leave heaters on when you leave home or go to sleep. Children and pets should always be kept away from them.

Smokers Need To Be Extra Careful

Never smoke in bed or when you are sleepy. Carelessly discarded cigarettes are a leading cause of fire deaths.

Be Careful Cooking

Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles and wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook. Keep the handles of your pots turned inward so they do not over-hang the stove. If grease catches fire, carefully slide a lid over the pan and smother the flames, then turn off the burner.

For more information on cooking precautions, visit Fire Prevention Canada

Matches and Lighters are Dangerous

In the hands of a child, matches and lighters can be deadly! Store them where kids can't reach them, preferably in a locked area. Teach children that matches and lighters are "tools" and should only be used by adults.

Use Electricity Safely

If an appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately and have it repaired. Replace frayed or cracked electrical cords and don't overload extension cords. They should not be run under rugs. Never tamper with the fuse box or use the improper size fuse.

Cool a Burn

If someone gets burned, immediately place the wound under cool water for 10 to 15 minutes. If the burn blisters or chars, see a doctor immediately!

Be Careful of Halogen Lights

If you have halogen lights, make sure they are away from flammable drapes and low ceiling areas. Never leave them on when you leave your home or office.

Reflective Address Signs

Is your home easy to find? What about at night?

During a fire or other emergency, seconds count. Houses with missing or hard to read numbers can make it harder for emergency vehicles to find you.

The Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club is producing reflective address signs to make your home more visible, both day and night.  Find out more: 911 Reflective Address Signs

All proceeds from the project go back into the Comox Valley community.

Slow Down Move Over

When you see an emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the road with its lights flashing, please slow down and move over! It's the law in BC under the Motor Vehicle Act. Find out more: Slow Down Move Over

Sparky the Fire Dog

Learn about fire safety from Sparky, and have fun along the way! Great games, stories and activities for the whole family. Visit Sparky's Website