Prevent a house fire

Resources for educators, guardians and parents 

Be prepared

Your best defence against a fire in your home is to be prepared.

Reduce your risk by following the home fire safety checklist and these tips:

  • Keep up-to-date fire extinguishers near your kitchen stove, barbeque, fireplace or woodstove. Watch this video to learn how to use a home fire extinguisher.
  • Install and maintain your home heating appliances correctly. Use a licensed technician for installation and maintenance.
  • Keep heat sources away from flammable material. For example, don’t use a space heater within 1 metre/3 feet of furniture, bedding or curtains. Don’t stack papers near your stove.
  • Plug heaters directly into the wall outlet. Never use an extension cord. Plug only 1 heat-producing appliance (like a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.
  • Get your children involved in home safety too. Download kid-friendly checklists and fun activities for home and kitchen safety.
  • Ensure you install and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide alarms - it's the law!
  • Make sure everyone in your home knows to call 911 in an emergency (or 867-667-5555 on a satellite phone).
  • Make a plan to evacuate your home safely.