2021 Fire Safety Initiatives

Fire Sprinklers

Home Fire Sprinkler Week

May 16-22, 2021

Home fire sprinklers, along with smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and home escape plans provide a complete system of home fire safety. Did you know…

  • Home Sprinklers save lives and property; they may also reduce homeowner’s insurance premiums
  • Fire Departments typically use about 10 times as much water as a fire sprinkler would use to contain a fire
  • Burnt toast will not activate a fire sprinkler. Only the high temperature of a fire will activate the fire sprinklers
  • They are easy to maintain. Just inspect your home to make sure the sprinklers are not blocked by something that would prevent water from coming out such as paint, and be sure the main valve is never turned off

Home Fire Sprinkler Week is a project of the National fire Protection Association Fire Sprinkler Initiatives and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Canada. For more information, visit:


Burn Awareness Week

February 7-13, 2021

Did you know that the most common cause of burn injuries to children is not fire, but rather scalds from liquids such as hot drinks and tap water? Most of these burn injuries are preventable. Each year an estimated 9,000 children in Canada visit hospital emergency room for burns and close to 1,000 are hospitalized as a result of these injuries. 

Each year the Township of Langley Fire Department is pleased to support Burn Awareness Week Program through the British Columbia Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund.

This program is educational, fun and interactive and is designed for children aged 6 - 12. More information and activities can be found at burnfund.org.

Scald & Burn Safety:

  • When using taps, turn the COLD water on first, and then add HOT water. Reverse when turning water off; turn off the HOT water first then the COLD water.
  • Always test young children’s bath and sink water before using. When bathing children, never leave them unattended as they may turn on the hot water or slip in your absence.
  • Be very careful when drinking HOT liquids, especially around children. At 60 C (140 F) it takes less than five seconds to get a third degree burn. Children and older adults, by virtue of their thinner skin, sustain serve burns at lower temperatures and in less time than an adult.
  • Discuss the dangers around a stove. Teach children to never touch anything on the stove, or to open the oven.
  • Discuss GOOD fires and Bad fires and how matches and lighters are to be used in a responsible manner.
  • Kitchen and appliance safety is important in every household. Burns received in the kitchen are usually a result of scalds from hot foods or liquids, or contact burn from hot appliances.
  • More than half of people injured in fire involving cooking equipment were hurt while attempting to fight the fire themselves.
  • Within seconds of a burn injury, the burned area should be place in, or flushed with, cool water. Keep the burned area in the cool water for 10 - 15 minutes. NEVER use ice, ointments or butter.