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Fire Prevention


Fire and Ambulance
P. (867) 873-2222


Check out this article from the NFPA on staying fire-safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and always. With many Yellowknifers working from home and off-school, households are using heating systems for extended hours, cooking more frequently and sharing outlets to charge phones, laptops and other devices. 


You may make the difference in saving a life, preventing burn injuries, or limiting property damage by reporting a fire.  Here are some guidelines in reporting a fire situation. 

 Fire Alarm System – Building Monitored

In a building where the fire alarm system is being monitored, the monitoring company will contact the Fire Division to advise of a fire alarm activation.  This will promote rapid response to the building in question.  If you have information on the fire (or false alarm) please call the emergency # (9-1-1 or 873-2222) and advise the dispatcher, who will in turn update the responding crew.  The more they know prior to arrival, the quicker the crews will be to deal with the incident.

 Fire Alarm System – Building Not Monitored (Local Alarm Only sign will be above or below the pull stations)

If the fire alarm has been activated in a building where the system is not monitored, please leave the building and call the emergency # (9-1-1 or 873-2222) giving the dispatcher the name and address of the building and advise of alarm activation.  Pass on any information you may have - the cause of the activation, location of the fire in the building (if you know).

 It is important to note that individual suites in apartment buildings and condos are not connected to the fire alarm system.  If you smell or see smoke coming from someone’s suite or hear their smoke alarm sound, knock on their door to ensure they are OK.  If there is no incident (smoke alarm set off by cooking), no need to contact the emergency #.  If they don’t respond, activate the pull station, go to your meeting place outside, and call the emergency # (9-1-1 or 873-2222) and advise the building name, address, and suite # that the smoke is coming from.

No Fire Alarm System

If you are in a building with no fire alarm system (small office buildings, homes, etc.) and you see smoke or fire, get everyone out of the building and call the emergency # (9-1-1 or 873-2222) giving the dispatcher the name and address of the building.  Pass on any information you may have regarding the location of the fire within the building and the cause.   (If it is a  very small fire, and you are trained in using a fire extinguisher, make sure everyone is out of the house before attempting to extinguish the fire – ensure you call the emergency # before attempting to extinguish.)

 Alarms Ringing

If you are walking by a building and you hear alarms ringing coming from the building, call the emergency # (9-1-1 or 873-2222), giving the name and address of the building.  The dispatcher may request that you wait for the responding crew to arrive.

 Fire on the Exterior of a Building

If you believe there to be a fire on the exterior of a building, check to see if the fire appears to be growing, and the colour of the smoke turns from light to dark grey and appears to be growing in volume.  If this is the case, call the emergency # (9-1-1 or 873-2222) giving the dispatcher the name and address of the building.

Note:  In -30°c to -40°c temperatures, building and vehicle exhaust turns into ice fog.  When this fog floats in front of various light features, it can give the appearance of fire and smoke. 

 Wildland Fires

The Fire Division will respond to wildland fires within the City’s boundries, and will respond to structure fires outside of these boundries.  When calling the emergency # (9-1-1 or 873-2222) to report a wildland fire, please provide the exact location of the fire and as many details as possible (size of the fire, any exposures – i.e. property at risk); stay on site to show the fire crew the location. 

 You, as a resident of Yellowknife, are the eyes and ears of the Fire Division.   Everyone benefits with early detection, early arrival of the Fire Division, and early intervention. 




photo for fire prevention week

Importance of fire prevention

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

2019 Campaign

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.

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.

Be a hero

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. If not, maybe you’re feeling inspired to become one. It's easy to take that first step - make your home escape plan! 

 About Fire Prevention Week

Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

Fire Safety Fair Winners - 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the Fire Safety Fair:


JK – G3:

1st Place:  Raelene Jenkins, G2 - NJM

2nd Place:  Aria Bell, G2 - NJM

3rd Place:  Sebastian Bernabe, Kindergarten - ESJS

Grade 4 – 6:

1st Place:  Lexi Blandford, G4 - ESJS

2nd Place:  Vanessa Song, G6 - WMS

3rd Place:  Raiden Leonardis,  G4 - ESJS


JK – G3:

1st Place:  Anna Hernandez’ G1-3 Class, K’alemi Dene School

2nd Place:  Karen Faulkner’s JK (Montessori) Class, NJM School

Grade 4 – 6:

1st Place:  Maureen Hans’ G4 Class – NJM School


1st Place:  Bernabe Family:  Dario, Oyuka, Sebastian, Elizabeth & Samuel

Draw Prize Winners:

JK – G3:  Junior Fire Chief of the Day – George Madsen – G1 - RLN School

G4 – 8 :  Kirtsean Ramas – G 4 - ESJS      

Parent/Teacher:  Dario Bernabe


Thank you to all parents, teachers, and students who participated!

Fire Safety Alerts
Ethanol Appliances
Home Fire Sprinklers


Produced by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, this timeline shows the growth of a home fire with and without fire sprinklers. During the first 90 seconds after the fire starts, the smoke alarm activates and heat from the fire activates the sprinkler. Without sprinklers, the odds of escaping decrease quickly as flashover can occur in three to five minutes. The timeline also includes the report of fire, dispatch, response to fire, setup, and fighting the fire.

Fire Education/Recalls

Recall Notification -"Hayward Pool Heater Vent Kit recalled due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hazard"

CPSC # 19-136
Health Canada Recall # RA-70149

CSA Group Product Alert & Recall # (PAR-11-19)
CSA Group Case#   (GPSC-2019-0129)

Hazard:  “The recalled vent kits installed on the gas pool heaters are not the proper size and can allow carbon monoxide to leak, posing a carbon monoxide poisoning hazard to consumers.”

Links to recalls:
Health Canada



 **ULC Public Notice**



Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) has issued a warning that there is a a false label of certification on the USB power adaptors.  They have not been tested for risk of fire, electrical shock, etc.

For your safety, the YKFD recommends that you use only ULC or CSA listed appliances and equipment.  If you have purchased this item, please stop using it.

Home Heating Safety

Be warm and safe this winter!

  • Keep anything that can burn at least one meter away from heating equipment (furnace, boiler, wood/pellet stove, portable space heater)
  • Have a one meter "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters
  • Never use your oven to heat your home
  • Have heating equipment installed by a qualified professional according to local codes and manufacturer's instructions
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional
  • Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed
  • Ensure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room
  • Ashes from woodstoves/fireplaces/pellet stoves should be cool before putting them in a metal container.  Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

Cooking Safety

Home Heating Safety:

Fire Escape Planning

Plan ahead!  If fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds.  Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.

Home Fire Escape Plan

Fire Escape Planning:

Smoke Alarms

"Smoke alarms save lives".  You may have heard this a million times but do you know that your smoke alarms work as they are meant to?  Have you taken the time to ensure you and your family are protected?  Please take the time to do so now; here is what you need to know:

  • Location: New homes will have the proper number of smoke alarms in the required locations.  If you live in an older home you may not have adequate smoke alarms:

                 - On every level of your home

                 - In the hall outside of the bedrooms

                 - The 2010 code requires smoke alarms in all the bedrooms

  • Hard wired or battery-operated? All smoke alarms should be hard-wired; however, battery-operated smoke alarms will give the early warning if they are maintained.  The hard-wired smoke alarms should have a battery backup in case of power outage.
  • Interconnection of Smoke Alarms - what does this mean?  When one smoke alarm is activated, it will activate all smoke alarms that are interconnected (battery-operated interconnected smoke alarms are available).  This is to ensure that if a smoke alarm detects smoke in a remote part of your home, you will hear the smoke alarm activation even when you are sleeping.  This will give you the needed time to escape.
  • Smoke Alarm Maintenance: Test your smoke alarms once a month (by pushing the test button), change the battery once a year (or when it chirps), and change out your smoke alarms after its 10 year listed life span.


Smoke Alarms:



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Hours of Operation

Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours effective following the Victoria Day Weekend
until prior to the Labour Day Weekend (May to September)
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address & Phone Numbers

Yellowknife City Hall
4807 - 52 Street, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

Switchboard - (867) 920-5600
Mayor/City Administrator - (867) 920-5634
Booking Clerk - (867) 669-3457
Municipal Enforcement (MED) - (867) 920-5630
After Hours (MED) - (867) 920-2737
After Hours (Public Works) - (867) 920-5699