Fire Safety Initiatives

Fire Prevention Week

Annual Fire Hall Open Houses

Did you know half of all fire deaths result from fires reported between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am and three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms? 

Fire Prevention Week, which runs October 8 - 14. This year the theme “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Almost three quarters of people say they have an escape plan; however less than half ever practiced it.

Planning your escape:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. How to make a Home Fire Escape Plan  
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
  • Test your smoke alarms – when smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because the batteries are missing, disconnected, dead or the unit is over 10 years old.

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.

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

2018 dates are:

Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 - 8:00pm at:

  • Fire Hall 3 – Aldergrove, 26316 - 30A Avenue
  • Fire Hall 5 – Brookswood, 20355 - 32 Avenue
  • Fire Hall 6 – Murrayville, 22170 - 50 Avenue
  • Fire Hall 7 – Otter, 3876 - 248 Street

Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 - 8:00pm at:

  • Fire Hall 2 – Fort Langley, 23137 - 96 Avenue
  • Fire Hall 4 – Willoughby, 20253 - 72 Avenue
  • Fire Hall 8 – Walnut Grove, 9580 - 208 Street

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.

Burn Awareness Week in 2018: February 4 - 10

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.

For more information on this program or for contest details visit the 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.