Fire Prevention Programs

The Victoria Fire Department offers fire prevention programs to help keep you, your family, your property and your neighbourhood safe from the negative impacts of fire. 

Change Home Smoke Alarm Batteries November 6

A reminder to residents to change household smoke alarm batteries this weekend when Daylight Saving Time ends. Clocks in North America “fall back” one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 6.

Consider your smoke alarms to be the most important clocks that need to be changed in your home. 

Residents should test smoke alarms once a month and change smoke alarm batteries routinely in the spring and fall when clocks are changed. Replacing a smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old is recommended.

Victoria residents can arrange for a free home smoke alarm home visit by a Fire Prevention Officer, who will determine the best locations for a smoke alarm, install new alarms, or test existing ones. If you reside in a single family home, duplex or townhouse and require a new smoke alarm, you may be eligible to receive one free of charge. The service is available to anyone who resides in the City of Victoria. Learn more.

Free Home Smoke Alarms

A working smoke alarm can save your life. Victoria residents who reside in a single family home, duplex or townhouse and require a new smoke alarm, may be eligible to receive one free of charge. Learn more

Juvenile Firesetters

When young children experiment with starting fires, intervention is key to preventing the potentially devasting consequences that can result. Our program helps children with a risk of firesetting by engaging with both the child and parent, and also providing education support and referrals to social agencies, if required. Learn more

Hoarding Peer Support Group

If dealing with a hoarding issue has become a concern in someone's home because the excessive clutter creates a safety hazard by hindering escape from the home in an emergency or making a fire more difficult to put out, our program can help by offering a non-judgmental, supportive peer group. Learn more

Residential Underground Oil Tanks

Underground oil tanks can have detrimental impacts to the environment and your property if not properly maintained. Learn what you need to know about maintaining your underground oil tank or removing or decommissioning it. Learn more

Mobile Commercial Cooking Operations

Mobile commercial cooking operations that produce smoke or grease-laden vapour must meeting safety standarards in the City of Victoria. Learn more