Fire Safety Initiatives

Home Fire Sprinklers Week

Home Fire Sprinkler Week is May 17 – 23, which is a project of the NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiatives and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Canada. Home fire sprinklers, along with smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and home escape plans are 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.

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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week, which runs, October 6 – 12. This year’s FPW campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

How do you define a hero? Is it a person who is courageous and performs good deeds? Someone who comes to the aid of others, even at personal risk?

A hero can be all of those things. A hero can also be someone who takes small, but important actions to keep themselves and those around them safe from fire. When it comes to fire safety, maybe you’re already a hero in your household or community.

Did you know?
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out. Plan ahead for your escape. Make your home escape plan and practice today.

Annual Fire Hall Open Houses

Annual Fire Hall Open Houses

Open Houses are held each year in June. Families and visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras and enjoy a hands-on look at what it is like inside the community’s fire halls.

These evenings will give children a chance to meet their local firefighters, see demonstrations, and to sit in a fire truck. During the free open houses, visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras, take a tour, and enjoy a hands-on look at what it’s like inside the community’s fire halls.

Meet local firefighters, see the fire trucks, watch demonstrations, and you may even see Sparky the Fire Dog!

Burn Awareness Week

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. However, anyone can access the program, which includes burn awareness information, activity sheets, quizzes, colouring pages, and animated videos.

A poster contest is held each year in which 50 prizes will be given out including the Grand Prize Winner who will receive $1,000 for their elementary school, a pizza party for their class and a Dalmatian toy for themselves.

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.