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Fire Prevention Week

During the 2012 Fire Prevention Week, members of Britannia Beach Fire and Rescue put together fire safety and education kits for all of the children in Britannia Beach. 

Fire Prevention Week 2013 will be October 6 to 12 and your volunteers will be out again helping to make our communities safer. But you don't have to wait for Fire Prevention Week to educate yourself and your family. Three things we encourage you to do:

  1. Check out the links on this website for information. We're going to keep adding more. 
  2. If you know of fire prevention resources that would be helpful to our communities, let one of the BBVFD members know. We'll make it available on our website.
  3. Become a member of Britannia Beach Fire and Rescue. We're always looking for new volunteers.

Here are just a few factoids that might give you the gentle nudge you need to get involved, either with your own home fire prevention planning or as a volunteer:

  1. Cooking has been the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries since 1990. Unattended cooking was by far the leading cause of these fires; Two-thirds of home cooking fires began with ignition of cooking materials, including food, cooking oil, fat, or grease. (Don't leave your holiday turkey cooking in the oven while you make a quick trip to Squamish to buy more cranberries!)
  2. Heating equipment was the leading cause of reported home fires in the 1980s and has generally ranked second since them.  It is the second leading cause of home fire deaths. Fires involving heating equipment peak in December, January and February, as do deaths from these fires. The leading factor contributing to heating equipment fires was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys. (In 2012, Britannia Fire and Rescue responded to four chimney fires).
  3. Half of home electrical fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment. Other leading types of equipment were washer and dryer, fan, portable or stationary space heater, air conditioning equipment, water heater and range.
  4. Pay attention to this factoid if you have teenage daughters! In 2010, candles caused 3% of home fires, 4% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries and 5% of direct property damage from home fires. One-third of these fires start in the bedroom and more than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are sitting too close to the candle flame.
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