Next week is national home fire safety week and the Canada Safety Council suggests talking to your family about fire safety.

The Safety Council suggests testing fire extinguishers, drawing a map of your home and making sure you know your escape routes.

Other tips include:


  • Keep a timer handy to remind you when the oven and burners should be switched off.
  • Never leave your cooking unattended.
  • Keep a pot cover nearby to "put a lid on it" in the event of a fire.

Living Room

  • Do not overload electrical outlets or use extension cords in the place of additional outlets.
  • Never leave cigarettes in an ashtray unattended.
  • Keep matches, lighters and lit candles out of the reach of children.


  • Install at least one smoke alarm outside each sleeping area. For improved safety, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom.

For more tips, check out the Canada Safety Council's website