Fire Prevention & Safety

The Fort St John Fire Prevention Department is committed to educating the community on fire prevention and safety. 

After the Fire

It can be difficult to recover from an emergency event, such as a fire. View the City of Fort St. John Fire Department's After the Fire Brochure [PDF - 719 KB] or the Government of British Columbia's What to do after a fire Booklet for assistance with the next steps.

Fire Prevention Week 2021 - Serve Up Safety in the Kitchen

Cooking is one of the leading causes of home fires and home fire injuries in British Columbia. This year's Fire Prevention Week, from October 3 to 9, aims to educate people about the simple but important things they can do to keep themselves and those around them safe from fire in their kitchens and homes.

For more information and for promotional and educational materials, visit the Fire Prevention Week pages put together by the Government of British Columbia and National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®).

Safety at Home

Did you know, less than 20% of households have created and practiced an escape route in the event of a fire? Children and the elderly can easily become confused or disoriented in the dark or in smoky conditions. The Fort St John Fire Department offers training and education in home escape planning.

Safety at home tips:

  • Check your smoke alarm batteries regularly
  • Maintain and know where your fire extinguishers are
  • Never leave candles unattended
  • Never leave portable heaters unattended
  • Practice safety in the kitchen while cooking such as not leaving dishtowels on your stovetop

Fire Extinguishers

The Fort St John Fire Department provides hands-on training to non-profit organizations on the use and application of fire extinguishers

  • Fire extinguishers can put out small fires or help control fires while crews are on the way to the scene
  • All extinguishers should be inspected annually to ensure they are in proper working order
  • Always make sure you and your family or coworkers know where the fire extinguishers are kept in the event of an emergency

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Smoke and Carbon monoxide alarms can save lives. With proper maintenance and placement, these alarms can prevent death or injury by alerting residents of fires or spikes in carbon monoxide.

The Fort St John Fire Department recommends that every home follow these tips:

  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in every bedroom and outside of sleeping areas on every floor
  • Seek out alarms that are interconnected – when one sounds, they all sound to alert the whole home
  • Test your alarms at least once a month
  • Smoke alarms should be mounted on the ceiling or high on a wall
  • Smoke alarms should be kept at least 3 meters away from the stove to reduce false alarms
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced every ten years

Outdoor burning in the City of Fort St John

Did you know?

  • Fireworks aren’t permitted within city limits without the proper permits
  • Outdoor fires are limited to backyard recreational fires and cooking purposes; that means fires must follow these criteria:
    • Fire is to be contained in a device or fixture designed for containing the fire.
    • The Fire Pit does not exceed 1 meter in diameter
    • Only clean dry wood, briquettes, charcoal or propane
    • Fire Pits are not located within 4.5 meters of any building or property line.
    • You can read more about the Fire Prevention Bylaw