In case of emergency call 911

Residential fires account for the majority of fire-related injuries in British Columbia. Did you know the fire doubles in size every 30 seconds, and fill an average-sized room with deadly fumes within 20-45 seconds and consume an average-sized room within three minutes?

Statistics show families that practice fire drills at home have a much higher chance of surviving a dwelling fire. With your family, make a plan for escaping a fire. The Prepare Yourself Safety Worksheet provides simple, life-saving steps.

How to Prepare

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home; maintain smoke alarms by testing and changing the batteries twice a year.
  • Draw a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of every room - especially sleeping areas.
  • Discuss escape routes with every member of your household.
  • Make sure everyone can unlock windows and doors quickly (even in the dark).
  • Test your fire alarm and make sure everyone recognizes the sound of the alarm and knows how to react.
  • Agree on an assembly point outside of your home where every member of your household will gather after escaping a fire.
  • Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.

Special Considerations:

Make special arrangements for children, older adults and people with disabilities. If possible people with mobility challenges should sleep on the ground floor.

Purchase a smoke alarm for the hearing-impaired; these flash light in addition to the audible alarm.

Additional Resources

Visit the National Fire Protection Association: Public Education for more information about Fire Causes and risks.

Contact your local Fire Department for more information about Fire Safety and Prevention.