Home Fire Safety Tips - Town of Ajax

Home Fire Safety Tips

In Your Home:

  • Make sure you have proper smoke alarms that work
  • Sleep with bedroom doors closed and make sure everyone can hear the alarms, or consider installing one in the bedroom.  If a fire starts, a closed door can give valuable minutes of protection.
  • Feel the door before opening it.  If it is hot, don't open it!  Use your second escape route.
  • If your door feels cool, open it just a crack to check for smoke.  If there is none, leave by your planned escape route.
  • Remember to crawl low and keep your head down.  Cleaner air is nearer to the ground.
  • When following your escape route, be sure to close doors behind you.
  • If your clothes catch fire, STOP where you are.  DROP to the ground and ROLL over and over top put out the flames.  DO NOT RUN.  Running will only increase the flames.
  • Teach small children never to hide under beds or in closets.  Bring your children to one of our fire stations to see the equipment and protective gear firefighters use, so that they won't be frightened of firefighters during a rescue.
  • Call 9-1-1 when there is an emergency.  If you're not sure, it's better to call than wait.
  • Never re-enter a burning house. 
  • Meet the fire trucks and tell firefighters whether or not everyone is out of the house and accounted for.

Click here for information on safe heating within your home.

If you live in an apartment:

  • Use the stairs.  Never use an elevator when there is a fire.  It could take you to the floor where the fire is burning. 
  • If fire blocks your exit, close your apartment door and cover all cracks around doors and vents where smoke could enter, using wet towels if possible. 
  • Call 9-1-1, even if the firefighters are already at the building, and tell them where you are.  Wave a sheet or towel from an open window and shout for help
    so firefighters can find you.

Click here for information about what to do if there is a fire in your apartment building. 

Click here for Plan Ahead:  Fire Safety in Apartment Buildings

Click here for important information if you live in an apartment within a house.  

Fire Safety In Your Kitchen

Click here for important safety information about kitchen fire safety.

Children's Sleepover Safety Checklist

Are you planning on hosting a sleepover or slumber party in your home?  Will your children be participating in a sleepover or slumber party at someone else's home? 

Click here to download a copy of our Children's Sleepover Safety Checklist. This checklist will help parents and caregivers consider hazards and make decisions about slumber parties and sleepovers.

Planning Your Fire Escape

f you woke up tonight to find your home on fire, how would you escape? If you cannot answer that question, now is the time to prepare a family escape plan!  Here are steps to help develop your plan: 

Home Escape Plan

  • Get your family together and draw a floor plan of your home.
  • Mark all windows and doors.
  • Plan two ways out of each bedroom. 
  • The first way out should be the door, and the second way out could be a window.
  • Make sure windows can be opened easily. 
  • In a two-storey building, plan your escape through a window onto a roof or porch. 
  • If you must use an escape ladder, be sure everyone knows how to use it.  Children should practice with an adult.
  • Choose a meeting place for family members outside and mark it on the floor plan. 
  • A good meeting place would be a tree, telephone pole or neighbour's home.
  • Make sure everyone understands the planned escape routes. 
  • Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.  Remember to practice using the second way out as well as the first.

For more information on keeping your family safe at home, contact the Fire Prevention Division by E-mail or phone at 905-683-3050, option 2.