Public Safety Bulletins

These bulletins have are prepared, when warranted, to warn the public about risks to public safety.

February 3, 2016 - BC Coroners Service and Avalanche Canada stress need for safety (PDF)

Victoria – In the wake of the deaths of five persons in an avalanche near McBride on Jan. 29, 2016, the BC Coroners Service and Avalanche Canada are joining to stress the need for preparedness for those heading into the backcountry this winter.

November 19, 2014 - Pedestrian safety highlighted (PDF)

Victoria – A new review from the BC Coroners Service shows risks to pedestrians and other vulnerable road users remain high on B.C.'s roads even as risks to occupants of motor vehicles continue to decline.

June 26, 2014 - BC Coroners Service releases report on child and youth drowning (PDF)

Burnaby – The BC Coroners Service is recommending new efforts be devoted to providing more effective water safety education, especially for teenage males aged 15 to 18.

June 4, 2014 - BC Coroners Service warns of deaths related to illicit fentanyl use (PDF)

Victoria – The BC Coroners Service is warning illicit drug users of the dangers of fentanyl being ingested unknowingly along with other substances.

January 24, 2014 - Avalanche death prompts safety reminder (PDF)

Victoria – On Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, one person was killed in an avalanche while snowmobiling near Valemount, B.C.

November 25, 2013 - Winter safety in the backcountry (PDF)

Burnaby – A group of agencies with a mandate for public safety are joining together to provide information to help British Columbians stay safe in the backcountry during the upcoming winter season.

September 26, 2013 - BC Coroners Service releases report on youth suicide (PDF)

Burnaby – The BC Coroners Service has released the report and recommendations of a Death Review Panel into child and youth suicide in British Columbia.

July 5, 2013 - BC Coroners Service urges water safety (PDF)

Victoria –With the promise of another sizzling summer weekend ahead, the BC Coroners Service is warning residents and visitors to take extra care when enjoying water-based activities, be it at lakes, rivers, pools or the seashore.

May 28, 2013 - Coroners Service review of Prescription Opiate-Related Overdose Death (PDF)

A 2011 review of fatality overdose data by the BC Coroners Service suggested that a significant number of these deaths were related to prescription opiates.

May 17, 2013 - BC Coroners Service Warns of High Water Dangers (PDF)

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.

March 8, 2013 - BC Coroners Service Urges Proper Preparation for Backcountry Outings (PDF)

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.

July 11, 2012 - You are not Expecting Your Child to Drown Today (PDF)

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.

August 26, 2009 - Faulty Computer Equipment Can Be Deadly (PDF)

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.

December 16, 2008 - Coroner Issues Carbon Monoxide Warning (PDF)

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.

May 27, 2008 - Stats and Studies Show Too Many Kids Victims of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents (PDF)

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).

March 7, 2008 - Infant Deaths Linked to Unsafe Sleep Practices (PDF)

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.

December 31, 2007 - Avalanche Deaths Prompt Seasonal  Warning (PDF)

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.

August 27, 2007 - Student Fire Safety Can Prevent Needless Deaths (PDF)

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.

August 21, 2007 - Infant Dies After Recalled Playpen Collapses (PDF)

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.

May 30, 2007 - Wild Mushrooms Can Be Deadly (PDF)

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.

April 12, 2007 - Avalanche Deaths Prompt Warning (PDF)

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.

March 20, 2007 - Drugs Bought Online Can Be Deadly (PDF)

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.

January 25, 2007 - Fatal Forestry Accidents Preventable (PDF)

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.

August 2, 2006 - B.C. Lakes and Rivers Pose Additional Risks for Tourists (PDF)

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.

December 23, 2005 - Pedestrian Deaths (PDF)

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.

The Coroners Service of British Columbia

The Coroners Service is responsible for the investigation of all unnatural, sudden and unexpected, unexplained or unattended deaths. It makes recommendations to improve public safety and prevent death in similar circumstances.

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