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One of the best ways you can help out yourself, your family and the fire department is to be pro-active when it comes to fire prevention. There are a number of things that you can do to keep your family safe.

  • Keep emergency numbers beside each phone and ensure everyone knows how to use them.
  • Have working fire extinguishers in your home and make sure everyone knows the steps on how to operate them.
  • Be very careful when cooking with oil and grease. Fires caused by these are one of the fastest spreading and destructive of all types of residential fires. 
  • Have a fire escape plan AND practice it.
  • Have smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them regularly.
  • Educate yourself and your family about hazards (carbon monoxide, chemicals, machinery on the farm) and what to do in an emergency (taking a first aid course is a good tool, babysitter’s courses for teens etc.).
  • Use caution when using a fireplace or candles. Ensure children are never unsupervised when these items are being used. 
  • Participate in local fire prevention week activities. Local fire departments often initiate education programs in schools or community events (such as fundraisers) to raise awareness.

For more tips and facts on fire prevention see the Fire Prevention Canada website here.

Other Resources:

Office of the Fire Commissioner 

Fire Safety - fire safety for families and educators

Home Hazards - interactive resources for kids

Kids Activity Book 2014

Kids Activity Book 2015

Kids Activity Book 2016

Kids Activity Book 2018