Safety Begins at Home

Are you and your loved ones safe from fire? The Milton Fire Department offers free home safety inspections as part of their Home Safe Home Program to make sure your home is free from fire and associated hazards and prepare you if a fire occurs in your home.

Most fatal fires occur in the home, where everyone feels safe and secure. A home fire can start in many different ways and you must try to eliminate all possible fire hazards. Make your place "fire safe." Ask us for help or do it on your own.

Arrange for a free home safety inspection
Contact us as noted on the left side of this page to book your free inspection.
Conduct your own safety inspection with this do-it-yourself checklist
 
Home Escape Planning
Ensure your family has a home escape plan.
  • Practice a home fire drill at least once a year.
  • Have a meeting place outside at the front of your home where you can count to be sure everyone has escaped.
  • Make sure everyone knows two ways out of all areas in your home or apartment, where possible.
Smoke Alarms
  • Have at least one smoke alarm on every level and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test all smoke alarms monthly and vacuum them every 6 months; replace batteries annually and replace alarms over 10 years old with new ones.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors
  • Have at least one carbon monoxide alarm located in your sleeping area.
  • Test your CO detector monthly.
Heating Safety
  • Have your furnace, pipes and chimney cleaned and checked by a qualified specialist before each heating season.
  • Keep portable space heaters at least one 1 metre (3 feet) away from drapes, couches, etc.
  • Equip fireplaces with close-fitting metal fire screens or heat-tempered glass doors.
  • Keep ashes for disposal in metal containers.
  • Ensure wood burning stoves are installed to conform with applicable codes.
  • Ensure there is at least 12 inches of open space around your furnace, hot water heater and sump pump.
Sump Pumps
  • Keep the area around your sump pump free of combustibles.
  • Have a submersible pump rather than a pedestal pump.
  • Check your pump regularly.
  • More details: Visit our sump pumps webpage
 Fuel Safety
  • Keep flammable liquids, solvents and adhesives stored in approved containers.
  • Ensure fuels are stored and used in well-ventilated areas, away from children, sparks or heat.
  • Store all gasoline and gasoline-powered appliances outside the house.
  • If you use propane appliances, such as barbecues, ensure you store spare cylinders at least 1 metre (3 feet) away from building openings.
  • Use your barbecue away from combustibles, such as siding, fencing, furniture, etc.
Cooking Safety
  • Keep your stove/oven clean and free of grease.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing with long sleeves when cooking.
  • Keep paper towels, tea towels, curtains and other combustibles away from the stove and other heat sources.
  • When cooking, keep a tight fitting lid handy, which can be used to smother a small fire in the pot before it spreads.
  • Remain in the kitchen area while you are cooking.
Housekeeping
  • Keep your basement, storeroom, garage and yard clear of rubbish and other combustible waste.
  • Keep all storage away from sources of heat, such as the furnace, hot water heaters, radiators and portable heaters.
Electrical Safety
  • Check electrical cords and plugs for damage and wear.
  • Use extension cords only as a temporary measure.
  • Only use 15 amp fuses on lighting and small household appliance circuits.
  • Use a power bar with surge protection where multiple plugs are used.
Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Ensure you have an adequate multi-purpose fire extinguisher available.
  • Know how to use an extinguisher.
  • Ensure your extinguisher is mounted/located away from the kitchen and near an exit.
Matches and Lighters
  • Store matches and lighters out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.
  • If you smoke, have just one lighter or a book of matches and keep it with you at all times.
If a fire does strike your home, remember these important points
     
  • Alert everyone in the home and follow your escape plan.
  • Never go back inside for any reason.
  • Dial 911 as soon as possible from a safe location.
  • Meet our firefighters and tell them of any people or pets trapped inside.