Wood is a natural, sustainable, and economical material used for construction. It is also combustible, which causes structures constructed from wood to be perceived as less safe than structures made from non-combustible materials, such as steel and concrete. However, fire safety in residential buildings is multi-layered, and advancements in wood products and treatment, such as […]
The purpose of this research is to evaluate the effectiveness of an administrative compliance program which targets residential properties to reduce fire risk at the final stage of neighbourhood decline, abandonment. The program is administered by the City of Surrey’s Community Property and Safety Team (CPST).
This study reviews the increasing demand for fire first responder response for non-emergency patient lift assists as well as requests to traumatic fall/back injuries within the City of Surrey, British Columbia. The purpose of this analysis is to understand the incident volumes, trends, frequency, and resources required to meet the current demands.
The aim of this research is to provide a comprehensive picture of different initiatives within the City of Surrey, British Columbia’s HomeSafe fire prevention program implemented over more than 12 years, and then conduct a longitudinal analysis of its effectiveness by measuring each initiative against several fire-related outcome measures.
The purpose of the study is to determine the trends for time-loss injury and fatality claims among firefighters due to industrial diseases by generating and comparing time-series data of Association of Worker’s Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) in 10-year periods. For that purpose, three Cohorts have been created and compared: Cohort 1 (2006 -2015), Cohort […]
This research explores the risk of casualties (fatalities and injuries) among the senior population (aged 65 and over) in the event of a fire compared to the general population. The researchers analysed data available through the National Fire Information Database (NFID). The research also explores variations in risks of fatalities and injuries as a function […]
The purpose of this study was to examine the significance of fires that occur on the exterior of multi- residential buildings. This research was motivated by the findings from previous work, that suggested there are existing vulnerabilities associated with fires that commence in external, recreational areas such as balconies and patios (6).
This report examines structure fires in British Columbia (BC) that occurred over a thirteen year period to explore variations in outcomes as a function of building height and life safety systems. The study outlines the data definitions that were used to identify the relevant subset of fires that occurred in the province during this time […]
Research over time indicates that smoking materials continue to be a leading cause of residential fires in Canada. With newer data available through the NFID and provincial annual fire reports, this study intends to provide a more recent picture of fire risks related to smoking – including the potential impact of increased e-cigarette use in […]
This paper summarizes the findings from an analysis of the fire protection performance of sprinkler systems and smoke alarms in residential and multi-level residential buildings in the Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick between 2005 and 2015 inclusive. The primary focus is on the relationship between the presence of protective […]