Nearly half of all wildfires in B.C. are caused by human carelessness. You can prevent them by following a few guidelines:
- Mind your sources of ignition — cigarettes, lighters, matches, power equipment, BBQs, campfires, etc.
- If you are concerned about building or landscape sources of ignition, e.g., clogged leaves, deadwood on nearby trees, or forest litter too close to your space at UBC, put in a service request with Building Operations or contact the Service Centre (604-822-2173) to report fire hazards or safety risks.
- If you are concerned that someone’s behaviour is causing a fire risk call campus security (604-822-2222) or 911.
- Check for bans and restrictions.
- Camp and BBQ responsibly.
- Call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell phone if you spot smoke, flames, or an unattended campfire.
In the event of a wildfire, the best way to protect yourself is to reduce exposure.
- Stay indoors and keep the air clean (windows/doors closed, no vacuuming).
- When in a vehicle, keep windows closed with air conditioning set to recirculate.
- Reduce time spent outdoors and avoid vigorous outdoor activities.
- Visit places with controlled air supply such as the swimming pool or the libraries, etc.
- People with asthma or other chronic illnesses should ensure they have an adequate supply of inhalers/medication and should activate their asthma or personal protection plans.
- For non-emergency medical advice or assistance, visit HealthLinkBC or call 811.
- For current air quality readings across Metro Vancouver please visit Metro Vancouver’s real-time air quality map.
Explore Wildfire Smoke Health & Safety for related information.
Explore other wildfire safety resources.
Each building has a Building Emergency Response Plan (BERP), which dictates fire and life safety for that building.
In the event of a fire:
- Pull the fire alarm.
- Call 911 and Campus Security (604-822-2222).
- Evacuate the building via the nearest safe exit, closing doors as you leave.
- Do not use elevators — use stairs and walk. Do not run.
- Proceed to the designated assembly areas.
- Do not re-enter the building unless the “All Clear” has been given by the Fire Department and/or university official.