Department of Community Services

Fire Marshal's Office

Fire Prevention

Stop fires from happening

Some fire hazards change with the season, others are threats year round. Use the following checklists to make your home and property as safe as possible.

Get your children involved in home safety, too! Kid-friendly checklists for home and kitchen safety—and fun activities—can be downloaded from Sparky.org.


Detect fires and carbon monoxide early

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will alert you to danger and could save your life—and they are required by law.

  • Put an alarm on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area and in each bedroom.
  • Test the battery monthly, change the batteries twice a year and replace the alarms every 10 years.

Learn more about preventing carbon monoxide exposure and how to install CO detectors at SeriouslySimple.ca.

Learn more about smoke alarms at National Fire Protection Association. 


Get out of your home safely

When you hear the alarm, it’s time to get out of your home.

  • Know two ways out of every room and have a prearranged meeting place outside.
  • Practice your home fire escape plan regularly.
  • Once out, stay out. Call 9-1-1 from the nearest phone. Never go back into your home until the fire department says it is safe.

Government of Canada takes you step-by-step to make your own printable emergency plan online and Emergency Measures Organization has instructions to prepare a 72-hour kit in case of evacuation. 


Make sure help can find you

Post your civic address at the driveway entrance and on your home. Try to use reflective material or illumination so that it can be seen in the dark.
If you don’t have a civic address, post your lot number, family name or other identifier that lets emergency responders know they have arrived.

Tips for property numbers