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Safety Tips

Read more about preparing for an emergency and How to Be Fire Smart.

Fire Pit Safety Tips

  • Always check if a Fire Ban is in effect before starting a fire.
  • Portable fire pits may be used on a deck, but they must sit on non-combustible material such as brick or stone and not directly on your wooden deck.
  • Fire pits should be at least three metres away from any building or combustible material such as your fence.
  • Fire pits should NOT be under any trees, branches, plants, or other materials that can catch fire.
  • All fires in your fire pit must be kept to a reasonable size; .75 metres high and wide.
  • A mesh screen or ‘spark guard’ should be used to reduce the spread of embers and sparks from wood-burning fire pits.
  • All fires must be fully supervised at all times by at least one person 14 years of age or older. 
  • Always have a nearby way to put out the fire. Easy options are your watering hose or a bucket of water

Household Safety Tips 

Smoke Alarms

Smoke detectors are good early warning devices, providing time to get out in the event of a fire. You should have both a heat and smoke detectors in your home.

When using these devices, take the following precautions:

  • Test the devices frequently and make sure battery-operated detectors have new batteries installed at least once a year.
  • Never place a detector in front of a wall or ceiling air duct outlet.
  • Make sure they are installed properly and that you have 1 on every level of you home, including the basement and attic. 
  • More detectors should be installed if you have a large home.


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Seasonal Safety Tips


Seasonal Safety