Fire Prevention

Home safety

Most fires are preventable, but if a fire does start, make sure you and your home are ready. 

  • Check and maintain your smoke alarms monthly. 
    • Push the test button to make sure they are functioning. 
    • Smoke alarms have a life of about 10 years. After that, they should be replaced. 
    • Change your batteries one to two times per year to ensure smoke alarms will sound in a fire. If your alarms have 10-year batteries, they will not need to be changed.
  • Ensure your home is not surrounded by plants and trees that may encourage fire growth if a fire starts.
  • Have a home escape plan with your entire family. 
    • Know at least two ways out of every room, incase one exit is blocked. 
    • Get out and stay out! Remind family members to never re-enter the home in case of a fire.
    • Have a meeting place that everyone knows and can go to once out of the house. 
    • You can draw and practice your escape plan with this fun activity sheet.
  • Be mindful of your barbeque grills as they can cause serious house fires. 
    • If living in an apartment building, check with your apartment supervisor to know what may be allowed on patios. 
    • Understand more about balcony fires.