Safety at Home

Kitchen Fire Safety

  • Keep cooking surfaces clean and clutter free
  • Operate microwave ovens safely
  • Take care of electrical cords
  • Install working smoke alarms
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking
  • Avoid loose sleeves that may dangle into flames or onto hot elements
  • Turn pot handles in
  • Slide a lid over the flames

Candle Use Safety

  • Consider using battery operated flameless candles which can look, smell and feel like real candles
  • Use sturdy safe candle holders
  • Protect candle flames with glass chimneys or containers
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish all candles when you leave the room or go to bed
  • Put candles out when you leave a room
  • Avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas
  • Keep children and pets away from burning candles
  • Be careful not to splatter wax when putting out a candle
  •  Never use a candle when oxygen is present
  • Always use a flashlight, not a candle, for emergency lighting
  • Keep matches and lighters up high out of reach of children, preferably in a locked cabinet.

Home Fire Escape Plan

“Working smoke alarms and well-planned home fire escape plan can save your life ! “

  • Install working smoke alarms
  • Draw a floor plan of your home
  • Choose a family meeting place
  • Plan and practice your home escape plan
  • Teach all family members to follow the home escape plan

Smoke Alarms

  • It is recommended that smoke alarms be installed on every floor of your home and outside each sleeping area. For maximum protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom, especially if you sleep with your bedroom door closed.
  • Install smoke alarms high on a wall or on the ceiling. Keep smoke alarms away from anything that can blow smoke away from the sensor, such as windows, air registers and ceiling fans.
  • Read manufacturer's instructions carefully and follow them exactly.
  • When purchasing a smoke alarm, make sure that it has been tested to CAN/ULC 5531-M Standard or by an approved testing agency.