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Fire Safety

Test your smoke alarms today or you could lose everything that matters.

Fire safety begins with you. Learn and share safety tips for your home and work.

Home escape planning

Every family needs a home escape plan (PDF) that includes alternate escape routes, a plan to help each other and a meeting place. We ask all residents to create a home escape plan and practice what to do with your family.

Simple steps for home fire escape planning

  • Everyone should know two ways out of each room, if possible. 
  • All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use. 
  • If someone in your home has a disability, develop a home fire escape plan with your household that takes into account their unique needs. Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape.
  • Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for. 
  • Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or a neighbour's home.
  • Practice your home fire escape plan.
  • Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.
 Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm safety tips
  • Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. For added protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of your home.  
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button. Change the batteries every year.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out over time. Replace alarms according to manufacturer's recommendations.
Holiday safety

Fires don't take holidays, nor should you when it comes to fire safety. Learn fire safety tips for the cottage and during the holiday seasons.

RV and motorhome fire safety
Whether camping, partying or just relaxing in your RV, fire safety is essential. It is critical that every member of your party know what to do in an emergency or fire. If you are one of the millions of recreational vehicle (RV) enthusiasts please ensure your family's safety while travelling in your RV by following these RV fire safety guidelines
Seasonal safety tips
Technical Standards and Safety Authority product warnings
Clothes Dryer Safety Tips

A leading cause of dryer fires in homes is the lack of dryer maintenance. Check out these clothes dryer safety tips from the Government of Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

View our safety tip sheet (PDF)

Storm/Natural Disaster Safety Tips
Natural disasters can have a devastating effect on you and your home. Use these natural disaster safety tips  to help protect yourself, your family and your home from the potential threat of fire during or after a summer storm. You can greatly reduce the chances of a home fire by being able to identify potential hazards and following the outlined safety tips.
Train Corridor Safety
Firepot Safety


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