Fire Safety

Learn how you can keep you and your family safe with our home safety guides and tips. Make sure that you install and maintain smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

Fire safety presentations

You can request a fire safety presentation for your school, community group, or workplace. Contact us for a Presentation Request form.

Municipal numbering

Your home's municipal numbering must be clearly visible so that emergency services can reach you in the event of a fire.

Kids Zone

Learn about fire safety from Sparky the Fire Dog, play games and apps, watch videos, activities and learn about different kinds of fire trucks.

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Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors save lives. You may have less than 60 seconds to escape from a fire. A smoke alarm gives you the early warning that you'll need to leave your home safely. Create and practice your home fire escape plan so that everyone knows what to do during an emergency.

You must have a working smoke alarm:

  • Outside all sleeping areas
  • On every storey of your home

You should also install smoke alarms inside every bedroom.

Test your alarms

Make sure to test a smoke alarm monthly. You should change its batteries at least once a year or when you hear the low-battery warning sounds. Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years or when recommended in the manufacturer's instructions.

Fire extinguishers

You can use a fire extinguisher to put out a small fire. Never put yourself or anyone in danger by trying to put out a fire that's too large or if smoke becomes a hazard.

Choosing the proper fire extinguisher

Make sure that you choose the correct type of fire extinguisher and know where to find it in your home or business. Get training (if you need to) on how to use it properly.

You can check a fire extinguisher's class rating on its faceplate. Some can have more than one rating and are able to put out different types of fires.

Class A

Class A extinguishes solids such as wood, paper, and plastics.

Class B

Class B extinguishes flammable liquids like fuels, oils, greases, and propane.

Class C

Class C doesn't conduct electrical currents. You can use Class C extinguishers on:

  • energized electrical equipment
  • appliances
  • switches
  • wiring
  • fuse boxes
  • electrical motors
  • power tools
  • panel boxes

Class D

Class D extinguishes metals that burn at high temperatures and give off enough oxygen to support combustion, such as:

  • magnesium
  • sodium
  • titanium
  • potassium