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Fire Prevention


Fire and Ambulance
P. (867) 873-2222


The YKFD hosted our annual Open House on June 1st,  2019 from 1 - 4 pm.

The various activities included:

  • Sprinkler Demo (lighting 2 rooms on fire)              •   Fire extinguisher training
  • Stove/oven/microwave safety demo                       •   Tours of the station/trucks
  • Information & sales tables                                            •   Door prizes
  • Balloon designs (Terry Brookes)                               
  • Mini-challenge for kids of all ages (weather permitting)
  • Refreshments (hotdogs, juice, coffee, etc.)
  • Dunk Tank (chance to dunk the fire chief, DFC, etc.)

We'd like to send a huge thank you out to everyone who suppported this event:

  • Corothers Home Building, Kimberlite Career & Technical Centre, J & A Fire Protections, Northwest Builders, City Landfill, and City Roads & Sidewalks for donations of time and/or material to provide you with the sprinkler demonstration.
  • McDonalds (refreshments)
  • Fire Prevention Services (fire extinguisher training)
  • Great Slave Helicopters (dunk tank)
  • City parks for cleaning up the lawn for the mini-challenge.

It takes a community coming together to make this happen.  Thank you!  And thanks to all of you who participated - without you it would not have been the fantastic event that it was!



Fire - it's Everyone's Fight

This initiative has been created to unite the Yellowknife Fire Division with our local businesses, professionals, and families in an effort to:

Reduce home fire injuries, deaths and property loss by changing how people think about fire and fire prevention.

Remind homeowners of THEIR roles and responsibilities in fire awareness and prevention.

Reiterate to business owners of THEIR monthly and annual responsibilities under the National Fire Code.

Reinforce the life safety importance of our community uniting together in the fight against fires.

Recognize the power of partnership as a critical means of marketing and delivering accurate and consistent safety messages into the community.






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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