Read more about preparing for an emergency and How to Be Fire Smart.
Fire Pit Safety Tips
- Always check if a Fire Ban is in effect before starting a fire.
- Portable fire pits may be used on a deck, but they must sit on non-combustible material such as brick or stone and not directly on your wooden deck.
- Fire pits should be at least three metres away from any building or combustible material such as your fence.
- Fire pits should NOT be under any trees, branches, plants, or other materials that can catch fire.
- All fires in your fire pit must be kept to a reasonable size; .75 metres high and wide.
- A mesh screen or ‘spark guard’ should be used to reduce the spread of embers and sparks from wood-burning fire pits.
- All fires must be fully supervised at all times by at least one person 14 years of age or older.
- Always have a nearby way to put out the fire. Easy options are your watering hose or a bucket of water
Household Safety Tips
Smoke detectors are good early warning devices, providing time to get out in the event of a fire. You should have both a heat and smoke detectors in your home.
When using these devices, take the following precautions:
- Test the devices frequently and make sure battery-operated detectors have new batteries installed at least once a year.
- Never place a detector in front of a wall or ceiling air duct outlet.
- Make sure they are installed properly and that you have 1 on every level of you home, including the basement and attic.
- More detectors should be installed if you have a large home.
Seasonal Safety Tips