Fire and Safety Guidelines

Multilingual fire safety information

Plan your escape

  1. Develop a home fire escape plan
  2. Practise your escape plan with everyone in your home
  3. Make sure everyone knows two ways out of each room, if possible.
  4. Help those who need it
  5. Get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit
  6. Choose a meeting place outside, a safe distance from your home
  7. Get out, stay out

Make sure that everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarm and what to do if a fire occurs. Regularly practice your home escape plan.

Learn more about the seven steps to plan your escape.

General fire safety tips

  • Hear the beep where you sleep! Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm!
  • Install at least one carbon monoxide detector
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors regularly
  • Clean barbecues before use
  • Have flash light and extra batteries on hand
  • Check heating appliances and chimney before use
  • Check with local fire department on open air burning by-laws
  • If you smoke, do so outside and keep a can of water nearby to discard cigarette butts

Check out these fire safety videos.

Close before you doze

Don't rely on your sense of smell to wake you in a fire.

The products that are in smoke will hurt you, and can kill you before you have a chance to smell the smoke. Closing your doors before you go to sleep at night can help keep you safe.

  • A closed door can isolate the fire's movement.
  • A closed door can reduce the room's temperature.
  • A closed door can keep carbon monoxide levels down.

A fire needs oxygen to burn.

  • A closed door will help keep more oxygen in the room and away from the fire.
  • When exiting due to fire, closing the door behind you can help slow the fire down.

Make closing doors at night part of your bedroom routine. Learn more on the Close Your Door website.