With all the fires that have been occurring lately, we thought it was important to share some easy steps you can take to prevent a fire from happening in your home.

Below is a list of helpful safety tips that will remind you of some of the preventative measure you can take to be fire-safe.

  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms 
    • Install working smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside sleeping areas. Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas. It is the law.
    •  Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.
    •  Change batteries annually or before if the low-battery warning sounds.
    •  Always follow the manufacture’s instructions for installing, testing, maintaining and replacing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
    • For additional protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom and a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey.
  • Home Fire Escape Plan
    •  Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it with the whole family.
    •  Make sure each member of the family knows two ways out of each room, if possible.
    •  Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults or anyone who will require assistance.
    •  Choose a safe meeting place outside. Perform a headcount as people arrive so everyone can be accounted for.
    •  Call the fire department from outside the home using a cell phone or a neighbours phone.
    •  Once out, stay out. Do not re-enter the building.
    •  Keep all exits in the home clear and easy to use.
  •  Cooking Fire Safety
    •  Do not leave the kitchen while you are cooking.
    •  Keep oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from your stovetop.
    •  Keep the correct fitting pot lids next to the stove top. If a pot catches fire place the lid over the pot and turn off the stove. Do not move the pot.
    •  Do not wear loose fitting clothing while using the stove. Dangling clothing can easily catch fire. If your clothing does catch fire, stop, drop to the ground and roll over and over to put the fire out.
  •  Other Things to Consider to Prevent Fire in Your Home
    •  Keep lighters and matches out of the sight and reach of children.
    • Always blow out candles before leaving the room.
    •  If anyone in the home smokes, smoke outside.
    •  Ensure any flammable items are at least 1 metre away from space heaters.
    •  Do not overload electrical outlets. Extension cords should only be used for temporary connection.