Residential fires can affect anyone, at any time – that’s why it’s so important to know how to prevent them, as well as what to do if a fire does break out.
To Prevent the most common causes of residential fires:
Cooking – Don’t use your stove or stove top if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol. When you are using these appliances, make sure you keep an eye on them and keep flammable objects away from the stove top.
Candles – Do not light candles in rooms where people can fall asleep and ensure all candles are extinguished before leaving your home or going to bed. Keep your candles on a sturdy base and away from flammable objects.
Heating & Electrical systems – Have a qualified technician install and maintain your heating and electrical systems and don’t put flammable objects close to them.
Smoking – If you smoke, smoke outdoors, only put out your cigarette in an ashtray and make sure they are out by putting them in water or sand before you throw them out.
If a fire does break out, it's crucial that you are alerted to it - which is why Montreal regulations state that every home must be equipped with a functional smoke alarm. We've created a list of 10 tips to optimize your fire security system, as well as what to do in the case of a fire.