The best way to keep your home safe from fire is to prevent one from starting. Take steps to keep your family safe, and make sure you are prepared in case of an emergency.

 Stop Fires Before They Start

 There are many things you can do to prevent a fire from starting. For example:

  • Always stay in the kitchen when cooking, and never leave stoves unattended.
  • Keep things that burn easily away from heat sources like stoves, fireplaces, or furnaces.
  • Keep candles in holders and away from anything that can burn, and never leave candles unattended.
  • Smoke outside, use a non-combustible ashtray, and wet your cigarette butts before you put them in the garbage.
 Smoke and CO Alarms

Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and in each bedroom.

Carbon monoxide is a clear, odourless, poisonous gas that can be generated by any fuel-powered equipment like furnaces, wood stoves, vehicles, barbeques, generators, etc. Have Carbon Monoxide detectors in your home, particularly near your bedrooms.

Fines may be issued for missing or disabled smoke alarms. Alarms expire every 10 years, so make sure they are replaced before they expire.

 Home Fire Escape Planning

 Make a fire escape plan and practice it with everyone in your household. To make your plan:

  • Draw a map of your home showing all windows and doors.
  • Visit each room and find 2 ways out. Make sure all windows and doors function properly.
  • Pick a meeting place outside in front of your home.

Once you are out of the house, stay out and contact the fire department. Never go back into a burning building.

Fire Safety Presentations

The fire department mascot Sparky, a dalmation in a firefighter uniform.

Our Fire Prevention Officer can give a presentation on fire safety to your class or community group, or attend your community event. If you're lucky, Sparky may also make an appearance.

To schedule a presentation, contact Fire Services staff at 519-538-1060 ext. 1602 or

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