Prepare yourself for an Emergency

Check your fire extinguishers & detectors

All fire extinguishers and detectors should be inspected according to manufacturer's instructions at least annually, though we recommend checking them every six months when you adjust your clocks for daylight saving time.

General inspection of fire extinguishers:

  • Check the pressure gauge for adequate operating pressure
  • Look for physical damage to the device
  • Check the expiry date
  • Turn powder extinguishers upside down and tap several times with a rubber mallet to loosen the extinguishing media

General inspection for smoke/heat detectors

  • All sleeping rooms should have a smoke alarm
  • Check function using a candle or match
  • Check Expiry
  • Replace Battery


Create an Escape Plan

Every home should have a fire escape plan in place.  Homes with children should consider making an activity of drawing the plan out to help kids understand and have them involved.  Here are some basic guidelines to consider when creating your plan:

  • All rooms should have 2 escapes (door and window)
  • Pick an outside meeting place a safe distance away and in front of the house
  • Determine how best to help any residents with mobility limitations(infants, the elderly)
  • Stress the importance of never re-entering a burning building for any reason once you have escaped

The National Fire Protection Association has additional resources and details for preparing yourself, we recommend that you visit their website to get all the information


Build a Disaster Emergency Kit

It is important for every home to have a disaster emergency plan and kit; a kit with some essential items such as food and water, cash, and survival gear, along with a plan on what do and where to go in the event of an emergency.  If an incident occurs you may need to leave your home in very short order, alternately you may need to remain in your home for some time without the resources we are all accustomed to such as heat and electricity

The Government of Canada has some great online resources to assist you in disaster planning,  check them out and prepare yourself and your family for the worst case scenario.