Safety Tips for Home Fire Prevention

Cooking Safety Tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food.
  • Turn off the stove if you must leave the room for even a short period of time.
  • When you are simmering, boiling, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
  • Use the stove's back burners whenever possible, especially if you have young children.
  • Keep children and pets at least 1 metre (3 feet) away from the stove.
  • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting or short sleeves.
  • Allow food cooked in a microwave oven to cool for a minute or more before you remove it from the oven; remember to use oven mitts.
  • Open microwaved food slowly. Hot steam escaping from the container can cause painful burns.

Smoking Safety Tips

  • Designate a smoking area outside the home.
  • Provide smokers with non-tip, deep, sturdy ashtrays.
  • Keep smoking materials away from anything that can burn, like mattresses, bedding and upholstered furniture.
  • Choose fire-safe cigarettes.
  • Soak butts and ashes before dumping in a waste container.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children - lock in a high cupboard.

Heating Safety Tips

  • Keep space heaters at least 1 metre (3 feet) from people and from anything that can burn, such as curtains and bedding.
  • Turn space heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Have your furnace professionally inspected and serviced every year.
  • Have your chimneys cleaned and inspected before each heating season.

Electrical Safety Tips

  • Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices or extension cords.
  • Avoid overloading receptacles.
  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
  • Install ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) electrical outlets in kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor areas, basements, and garages.


  • Keep candles away from anything that can burn.
  • Use a stable non-combustible candle holder.
  • Extinguish all lit candles before you leave your room or go to sleep.