Ministry of Justice

Public Safety Bulletins

May 17, 2013

BC CORONERS SERVICE WARNS OF HIGH WATER DANGERS

VICTORIA – On the eve of the Victoria Day long weekend, the BC Coroners Service is warning residents to take extreme care near streams and rivers which are currently running much faster and higher than normal. read more >>

March 8, 2013

BC CORONERS SERVICE URGES PROPER PREPARATION FOR BACKCOUNTRY OUTINGS

VICTORIA – Avalanche season is reaching its peak in British Columbia. The BC Coroners Service is encouraging all those going out into the backcountry – be it on skis, snowboards or snowmobiles – to take special care to ensure their own safety and that of others. read more >>

July 11, 2012

YOU ARE NOT EXPECTING YOUR CHILD TO DROWN TODAY

VANCOUVER – Two recent pool-related toddler fatalities are a sobering reminder that with the warm weather, the risks around pools in public places and backyards increases. read more>>

JANUARY 5, 2012

CORONER AND FIRE COMMISSIONER URGE MOBILE HOME FIRE SAFETY

The BC Coroners Service and Office of the Fire Commissioner are urging owners of mobile (manufactured) homes and operators of mobile home parks to take special care to prevent fires in the wake of a calamitous New Year’s weekend for fire deaths in British Columbia. read more>>

JULY 19, 2011

CLEAR THINKING CRITICAL TO WATER SAFETY FOR ALL AGES

Two recent drowning-related fatalities this past weekend are a sobering reminder that this is the peak season for water-related deaths in the province. read more>>

JULY 5, 2011

SPIKE IN SUDDEN INFANT DEATHS SPURS SAFETY REMINDERS

There have been more sudden infant deaths in British Columbia in the first half of 2011 than for all of 2010. Sudden infant deaths occur when a previously healthy baby dies in sleep-related circumstances, and no cause of death is found on autopsy. The BC Coroners Service is urging parents to educate themselves on safe sleep practices to ensure that all babies live to see their first birthday. read more>>

May 5, 2011

BC CORONERS SERVICE WARNS OF RISE IN HEROIN-RELATED DEATHS

A recent spike in the number of heroin-related fatalities in the Lower Mainland has prompted the BC Coroners Service to issue this public safety warning that higher potency heroin is circulating in the province. read more >>

July 9, 2010
SPLASH INTO SUMMER SAFELY: TIPS FOR WATER ACTIVITIES

With temperatures soaring across the province, the BC Coroners Service is cautioning British Columbians who are heading to lakes and rivers to be careful when participating in water-related recreation. read more >>

August 26, 2009

FAULTY COMPUTER EQUIPMENT CAN BE DEADLY

Following the completion of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding a fatal fire six months ago, the BC Coroners Service (BCCS) is cautioning British Columbians about leaving laptop computers running on soft surfaces such as couches. read more >>

December 16, 2008

CORONER ISSUES CARBON MONOXIDE WARNING

As temperatures drop across the province, the BC Coroners Service and the Office of the Fire Commissioner are reminding British Columbians of the dangers posed by some alternate heating and power sources. read more >>

May 27, 2008

STATS AND STUDIES SHOW TOO MANY KIDS VICTIMS OF FATAL PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS

From 2005 to 2007, 18 children under the age of 19 were killed in pedestrian incidents in B.C., reports the head of the Child Death Review unit of the BC Coroners Service in acknowledging the importance of national Safe Kids Week 2008 (May 26-June 1). read more >>

March 7, 2008

INFANT DEATHS LINKED TO UNSAFE SLEEP PRACTICES

In 88 per cent of sudden infant deaths recently reviewed, one or more unsafe sleep risk factors was identified, and the Child Death Review Unit of the BC Coroners Service is urging parents and caregivers to ensure infants are placed to sleep in a safe environment. read more >>

December 31, 2007

AVALANCHE DEATHS PROMPT SEASONAL WARNING

Two people died last week from an avalanche in B.C., and the Coroners Service is urging all back country skiers, snowmobilers and other outdoor enthusiasts traveling in mountain terrain to exercise caution. read more >>

August 27, 2007

STUDENT FIRE SAFETY CAN PREVENT NEEDLESS DEATHS

As post secondary students head back to universities and colleges across the province, the Office of the Fire Commissioner and the BC Coroners Service are urging students to protect themselves and their friends from fire. read more >>

August 21, 2007

INFANT DIES AFTER RECALLED PLAYPEN COLLAPSES

The BC Coroners Service is warning parents and caregivers to check playpens following the death of an 11 month-old Richmond boy on Aug. 7, 2007. read more >>

May 30, 2007

WILD MUSHROOMS CAN BE DEADLY

As B.C.'s wild mushroom season gets underway, the BC Coroners Service (BCCS) is warning the public that eating wild mushrooms can be deadly. read more >>

April 12, 2007

AVALANCHE DEATHS PROMPT WARNING

Five people have died from avalanches in B.C. so far this year and the Coroners Service is urging all outdoor enthusiasts to be aware of the risks and take precautions. read more >>

March 20, 2007

DRUGS BOUGHT ONLINE CAN BE DEADLY

Pills purchased on the Internet are being linked to the recent death of a 57-year-old woman in the Campbell River area, according to the BC Coroners Service . read more >>

January 25, 2007

FATAL FORESTRY ACCIDENTS PREVENTABLE

The BC Coroners Service is urging all operators of forestry and wood manufacturing machinery to carry out proper lockout/immobilization procedures, whenever performing any maintenance or repair. read more >>

August 2, 2006

B.C. LAKES AND RIVERS POSE ADDITIONAL RISKS FOR TOURISTS

The BC Coroners Service is encouraging anyone hosting tourists this summer to ensure their guests are well educated on the natural dangers associated with B.C. lakes and rivers. read more >>

December 23, 2005

PEDESTRIAN DEATHS

In the past two days, three pedestrians have been killed in the Vancouver Metro area. Already in 2005, 68 pedestrians have died on British Columbia roadways. 25 of these deaths occurred in the Vancouver Metro area. read more >>