Home Fire Safety Tips

The Best Protection for Your Home is Prevention

Develop a Fire Escape Plan for Your Home

  • Draw a floor plan of all the floors of your house.
  • Mark 2 exits out of every room. 
  • Choose a meeting place that everyone will remember. 
  • Do a head count at your meeting place to ensure everyone is out.
  • Practice your home fire escape plan so that all members of the household are familiar with it (once every three months). 
  • Call 911 from a neighbours home.

Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

  • As of March 1, 2006, the new provincial regulation states that you must have one working smoke alarm on every level of your home - including the basement and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Test your smoke alarms once a month to ensure operation.
  • If you sleep with your bedroom door closed, a smoke alarm in the bedroom would be a positive addition to your home fire safety.
  • Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.
  • REMEMBER: Change your clocksóChange your batteries.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Replace your CO detector every 5 years.
  • Check all electrical cords for deterioration; plugs get frayed and loose. Don't overload extension cords, instead, use a power bar with surge protector.
  • Schedule regular inspections and cleaning of your furnaces, fireplaces, chimneys, clothes dryers, etc.
  • Unplug appliances when not in use (toaster, coffee makers, etc.).
  • Never leave candles burning unattended. When you go outóblow out!

Stand By Your Pan

  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Ensure all smoking materials are completely extinguished.
  • If there is a fire, get out and stay out. Never go back into a burning building.
  • Keep all lighters and matches out of the reach of children.

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