Fireproof your home

Suburbs

Cooking is the number one cause of residential fires in Ontario. You can make your kitchen - and your entire home - more safe by completing the following checklists:

Kitchen
  • Appliances are in good repair
  • Appliances that have been approved as safe through electrical testing like microwaves and pressure cookers
  • Gas appliances have been inspected annually
  • Appliances are not plugged in when not in use
  • Appliances are kept a good distance away from sink and stove
  • Appliances do not have any frayed cords or exposed wires
  • Excess electrical cord is rolled up to prevent an accident
  • Do not use the area above your stove for storage
  • Spray cans and flammable liquids are kept away from the stove
  • Wastebaskets and other items that can burn are kept away from the stove.
Bedroom
  • Bedspreads and laundry are kept away from radiators and Electric heaters
  • Windows are easy to open
  • Extension cords only hold one plug
  • Cords are used properly; not under rugs, over doorways or hung over nails
  • There is a clear path to the exit that would be your escape from a potential fire
  • No one smokes in the bedroom
Living room
  • Smokers are responsible for their smoking materials - using proper ashtrays and not cups, cans or lids
  • Ashtrays are located on tables and not on the arms of a chairs or sofas
  • Fireplace is screened and free of ashes
  • Potential exits that could be used to escape a fire are kept clear of furniture and other belongings
  • Lamps are free of burnable decorations
  • Lamps are placed a good distance from drapes
  • Drapes are kept away from radiators
Cellar, attic, storage and work areas    
  • Newspaper and garbage is discarded
  • Items that can burn are stored away from the heat source and never under stairs
  • All gasoline is stored outside the house
  • Paints, solvents, turpentine, lighter fluid, rags or brushes soaked with any of the above are stored in locked metal storage containers marked "flammable"
  • Fuses or circuit breakers are the right size
  • The furnace or heating system been cleaned this year

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