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Fire Safety Tips

 If this is an emergency dial 9-1-1. Do not wait.

We offer the following safety tips to help you and your family take fire prevention into your own hands: use the links below to learn how to protect yourself and those you care about from the risk of fire.

With the popularity of candles brings an increase in fires started by candles. The Fire Department is urging everyone to practice safe candle use. Candle fires most commonly occur when candles are left unattended or something that easily catches fire is left too close to the flame.

  • Extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to sleep
  • Keep candles out of reach of children or pets in the house
  • Place candles in sturdy containers at least 0.3 metres (one foot) away from anything that could burn such as clothing, furniture or Christmas trees
  • Do not place lit candles in windows
  • NEVER allow children or teens to have candles in their bedrooms
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children - up high and preferably locked up
  • Teach children that matches and lighters are only for adults
  • If an appliance smokes or smells like it is burning, unplug it immediately and have it repaired
  • Check all of your electrical cords and replace any that are cracked or frayed
  • Do not overload electrical outlets or run extension cords under rugs or carpets
  • Do not tamper with the fuse boxes or use the wrong size fuse
  • Unplug items such as toaster and coffee makers when not in use

Make a home fire escape plan and practice your plan so that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire emergency.

  • Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside sleeping areas. It is the law
  • In case a fire starts, everyone should know two ways out of every room, if possible. When the smoke alarm sounds, everyone must know what to do and where to go 
  • Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with the entire family
  • Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults or anyone else that may need assistance
  • Check that all exits are unobstructed and easy to use
  • Know where to go - choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree, a lamp post, or a neighbour's house where everyone can be accounted for
  • In case of fire, do not try to save possessions - go directly to your meeting place
  • If caught in smoke, get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit
  • Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or a neighbour's home
  • Get out and stay out
  • Never re-enter a burning building for any reason

The number one cause of residential fires in North America is from cooking. Most kitchen fires are preventable if the following safety tips are followed when cooking.

  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • If a pot catches fire, slide a lid over the pot and turn off the stove
  • Never put water on a kitchen fire or try to move the pot to the sink - Always call the fire department
  • Keep children at least 1 metre away (3 feet) from around the stove
  • Keep pot handles turned inward
  • Wear tight fitting clothing or roll up your sleeves when using the stove to prevent accidental clothing fires 
  • Do not reach over hot burners
  • Clear all combustible items such as wooden or plastic cooking utensils, dishcloths, paper towels and pot holders from stove tops - these objects can easily catch fire if they come in contact with a burner
  • Deep frying is a major kitchen hazard - use only thermostatically controlled deep fryers to prevent overheating the oil and the chance of fire
  • Keep appliance surfaces free of spills and grease that may catch fire
  • Cooking requires you to be rested and alert 
  • Avoid cooking when under the influence of alcohol or medications
  • If you burn yourself, immediately run cool water over the wound for several minutes
  • If the burn is severe, seek medical attention
  • Do not overload electrical outlets with appliances 
  • Use heat-producing appliances away from cupboards, curtains, and other combustible items
  • It is the law in Ontario that all residences have working smoke alarms on every level and outside sleeping areas
  • Test smoke alarms monthly and change batteries when you change your clocks
  • Do not use open flames or a charcoal grill indoors
  • Do not use gasoline-fueled appliances indoors
  • If you plan to use a portable generator, do not connect household items to the generator unless you have it wired professionally
  • Do not hook a generator up to your home's electrical system
  • Be sure generators are kept outside where exhaust does not enter buildings
  • Test your smoke alarms before a power outage
  • Remember, if smoke alarms are hardwired they will not function during a power failure - install backup battery-powered smoke alarms for additional protection
  • Encourage smokers to smoke outside
  • Provide sturdy, deep ashtrays and make sure cigarette butts and ashes are out before throwing them away
  • Never smoke in bed or when you are feeling drowsy - it is just as dangerous to fall asleep smoking on the couch or in a chair as it is in a bed
  • Before going to sleep, check under and around sofa cushions and upholstered furniture for smoldering cigarettes
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children - up high and preferably locked up
  • Teach children that matches and lighters are only for adults


Contacts

Chief Fire Prevention Officer
519-599-3131 x105