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The goal of the fire prevention office is to maintain a minimum level of fire & life safety for the general public in public buildings throughout the community, through education and enforcement of applicable codes and standards.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS


The Parksville Volunteer Fire Department offers a wide range of public education services including programs and literature.

Firefighters regularly delivery fire & life safety education programs throughout the community including, preschool and grade school fire safety, senior fire safety, workplace fire safety, fire extinguisher use, and other safety programs.

Fire safety presentations can be delivered at a venue in the community or the fire department can host groups at the main fire station.

SAFETY TIPS


SMOKE ALARMS

Smoke Alarms Save Lives! Working smoke alarms provide you and your family members with an early warning in the event of a fire.

There are different types of smoke alarms. There are smoke alarms that are wired into your home, and there are battery powered alarms. Wired smoke alarms are good, but they can also become unreliable in the event of a power failure. Be sure to install battery powered smoke alarms even if you have wired.

  • How how many alarms do I need and where should I install them?
    Smoke alarms should be installed in every hallway or floor, and in every bedroom of your home.

    When installing smoke alarms make sure to keep them away from things such as windows or ceiling fans. They will draw smoke away from your alarms sensor.

  • Do I have to maintain my smoke alarm?
    Test alarms monthly. Batteries should be changed every 6 months... A good rule of thumb is to change the batteries in your smoke alarm(s) when you change your clocks for daylight savings. Smoke alarms should also be replaced entirely every 5 years.

  • What do I do if my smoke alarm goes off?
    In the event your smoke alarm goes off because there is smoke in your home, make sure that all of your family members are safe and then follow your home escape plan. Call 911!

For more information on smoke alarms visit NFPA.org's Smoke Alarm Section.

CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS

Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also product dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

  • Place alarms closer to the ceiling, as carbon monoxide is lighter than air.

  • CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each seperate sleeping area.

  • Test CO alarms at least once a month, and replace them according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  • CO alarms should be either ULC or CSA approved.

  • Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include: severe headache, dizziness, mental confusion, nausea, or faintness. Many of these symptoms are similar to the flu, food poisoning or other illnesses.

For more information on carbon monoxide alarms visit NFPA.org's Carbon Monoxide Safety Section.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

Remember that extinguishers have limits, they are not for large fires because most last for less than 30 seconds. That being said, when used properly a portable extinguisher can save lives and property by knocking down a small fire or containing one until the fire department arrives.

Installation & Proper Maintenance
Portable extinguishers should be installed in plain view. Near an escape route, away from any heating appliances, and above the reach of children. It is very important to maintain your extinguisher because you want to know that it will work if the time comes that you may need to use it. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for maintenance.

Usage Tips
Remember to always use the manufacturer's instructions when using a fire extinguisher.

  • Always remember PASS. PASS stands for: Pull, Aim, Squeeze & Sweep

  • Keep a safe distance from you and the fire

  • Hold the extinguisher by it's handle in an upright position

    1. Pull the safety pin or lever to unlock the extinguisher

    2. Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire

    3. Squeeze the handle fully

    4. Sweep from side to side

  • Start at the front of the fire; work your way to the back

  • Always back away, never turn your back on the fire!

Types of Fire Extinguishers

There are four basic types of fire extinguishers:

  • Class A - Ordinary Combustibles (Wood, cloth or paper)

  • Class B - Flammable Liquids (Gasoline or oil)

  • Class C - Energized Electrical Equipment (Wiring, fuse boxes, breakers, or appliances)

  • Class D - Flammable Metals (Magnesium or potassium)

Each class also has it's own picture displayed right on the extinguisher, that way you know which types of fires that extinguisher is best used for.

Fore more information on Fire Extinguishers please visit NFPA.org's Fire Extinguishers Section.

COOKING SAFETY

  • Put a lid on a grease fire to smother it then turn off the heat. Baking soda will also work.

  • Wear tightfitting sleeves when cooking. Loose sleeves easily catch fire.

  • Never throw water on a grease fire. Water will only spread the fire around.

  • Never move a burning pan. You can easily ignite your clothes or spill the fire onto somone or something else.

  • Stand by your pan! Never leave cooking unattended.

SAFE SMOKING

  • Try to quit again.

  • For health and fire safety reasons, permit smoking outside only.

  • Never smoke in bed.

  • Use large ashtrays with center rests so cigarettes fall into the ashtray not on the floor.

  • Smokers should keep lighters on their person, not on the table or in a purse where children can find them.

  • Never smoke in homes where oxygen is in use.

MATCHES & LIGHTERS

  • Purchase child resistant lighters, and do not remove the mechanism.

  • Keep all matches and lighters out of reach and sight of children. A high, locked cabinet is recommended

  • Teach children that matches and lighters are not toys, they are tools for grown-ups.

  • Teach young children to tell a grown-up when they see matches or lighters lying around.

  • Never give a lighter to a child as a toy.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS


Each year, thousands of people face emergency situations that could change their lives forever. Don't be caught off-guard. Know the hazards in your area and take the time to assemble your family emergency kit. See Emergency Kit Building Blocks below for information on how to build a kit for you and your loved ones.

During an emergency, you and your family could be on your own for an extended period of time. Emergency services may not be readily available, as increasing demands are placed on responders. It may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in most critical need. As well, access to phones, gas, water, sewer and electrical services may be cut off. Learning how to be personally prepared is vital.

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS

Prepare Your Home

72 hours - is your family prepared? During an emergency, you and your family could be on your own for an extended period of time. Emergency services may not be readily available, as increasing demands are placed on responders. It may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in most critical need.

A number of resources to help you identify hazards in British Columbia. You will learn about preparing your family for a variety of disasters such as an earthquakes, floods, severe storms, hazardous material spills and interface fires.

Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Comprehensive checklists for activities for people with disabilities to improve emergency preparedness in a disaster or emergency.

Pet Safety and Preparedness

Do you have a plan for your family pet in case of a flood, earthquake or fire?

Traveller Information

BC Ministry of Transportation provides important driving tips for all types of driving conditions and considering the distinct hazards through the winter and summer seasons.

Emergency Planning for Business and Industry

Resources to help business develop a plan to prepare their staff and facility in the event of an emergency or disaster.

EMERGENCY KIT BUILDING BLOCKS


Basic items that you will need to survive 72 hours include:

  1. Water - at least two litres of water per person per day (including small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order)

  2. Food - that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)

  3. Manual can opener

  4. Flashlight and batteries

  5. Candles and matches/lighter (remember to place candles in sturdy containers and to put them out before going to sleep)

  6. Battery-powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries)

  7. First Aid Kit

  8. Special items - prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities

  9. Extra keys for your car and house

  10. Some cash - in smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for pay phones

  11. Your emergency plan (including contact information)

Recommended additional kit supplies (It is always a good idea to have extra supplies on hand):

  • A change of clothing and footwear for each household member

  • Sleeping bag or warm (foil) blanket for each household member

  • A whistle (in case you need to attract attention)

  • Garbage bags for personal sanitation

  • Toilet paper and other personal care supplies

  • Safety gloves

  • Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, fasteners, work gloves)

  • Small fuel-driven stove and fuel (follow manufacturer's directions and store properly)

  • Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning

For additional information use the following websites: Build an Emergency Kit, Provincial Emergency Program, and Public Safety Canada - 'Get Prepared' Program.

SMOKE & CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM RECYCLING


Did you know that you can recycle old/expired Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms?

In October 2011 Product Care launched AlarmRecycle to ensure that used or expired smoke, carbon monoxide or combination carbon and smoke alarms are properly recycled in British Columbia. The program was developed in response to the requirements of the BC Recycling Regulation

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


  • What is AlarmRecycle?
    AlarmRecycle is a recycling program for used or expired smoke alarms, carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, and combination smoke and CO alarms. B.C. residents can drop off their used smoke and CO alarms for recycling at the 130 AlarmRecycle drop-off locations across B.C. The program is managed by Product Care Association, which manages a number of product stewardship programs across the province.

  • Is there a charge to drop off these products?
    There is no charge to drop off the smoke and CO alarms at collection sites for recycling.

  • Where can people recycle their smoke and CO alarms?
    There are 130 collection sites established in B.C. that will accept smoke and CO alarms free of charge. As the program progresses, more collection sites will be added across the province. B.C. residents can find their nearest drop off location at AlarmRecycle.ca, or by phoning 1.800.667.4321 toll free.

  • What is Product Care?
    Product Care is a not-for-profit industry association that manages product stewardship programs on behalf of its members across Canada. The programs divert household hazardous and special waste from landfills and ensure they are properly disposed or recycled.

  • Why does this program exist?
    Prioer to the program's launch in 2011 there were no recycling options for these products in B.C. and our environment suffered. The program provides British Columbians with an environmentally responsible recycling option for their old and expired smoke and CO alarms. The manufacturers and retailers of these products developed this program to ensure that smoke and CO alarms would stay out of the landfill, and to ensure compliance with the B.C. Recycling Regulation.

For more information please visit AlarmRecycle.ca.

TESTIMONIALS


"I just wanted to say thank you so much for the fire safety training yesterday. Right from the start your friendly nature caused everyone to relax, helping them realize there wasn’t anything to be afraid of. It was very informative and I believe made us all ponder what changes we need to make not only in our place of work, but more importantly our homes. I think we all left feeling better about ourselves and confident that, should we encounter a situation involving fire, that we far more knowledgeable and aptly prepared!

As the day progressed I received phone calls and e-mails from staff indicating how much they appreciated being included in the safety training and found it to be extremely beneficial."

- Career Centre