Fire Safety Tips

Fire Safety Tips


Keep your kitchen safe

  • Keep your stove clean and don't leave the room while cooking.
  • Turn pot handles inward so you do not bump them and children cannot reach them.
  • Open a window to clear cooking smells. Do not open your apartment door. It will let smoke into the hall and set off the building's fire alarm system.
  • Do not open a window or prop open a door if there is a fire. If you cannot put out the fire quickly, leave your home immediately, pull the nearest fire alarm, and call 911.
  • If your smoke alarm goes off while you are cooking, push the "hush" button. This will quiet the alarm while the smoke clears.
  • Never disconnect a smoke alarm.

Be careful with flammable materials.

  • Keep lighters and matches in a safe place.
  • Do not leave candles burning when you leave the room.
  • Do not throw flammable materials like paint, ammonia, or oil down the garbage chute.
  • Ask your Superintendent how you can throw away flammable materials safely.
  • Be careful when smoking.
  • Always use ashtrays.
  • Do not leave cigarettes burning when you leave the room.
  • Do not smoke in bed.
  • Do not throw cigarette butts off a balcony.

Be careful when smoking.

  • Always use ashtrays.
  • Do not leave cigarettes burning when you leave the room.
  • Do not smoke in bed.
  • Do not throw cigarette butts off a balcony.​

Do not overload electric outlets.

  • Plugging too many electronics or appliances into one outlet using extension cords or power bars is a fire hazard. Unplug things you are not using to make room for what you need.
  • Use CSA-approved electrical devices.
  • Excessive clutter creates fire hazards. Keep your home clean and free of clutter. If you or someone you know needs help managing clutter, call the Client Care Centre at416-981-5500. We will get you the help you need.
  • Items left in hallways are a hazard. If you have a piece of furniture or other items to throw away, never leave them in the hallway. Call 416-981-5500 to find out how and where you can throw away large items.

Pack a grab-and-go bag.

  • A grab-and-go bag should have the important information you might need in an emergency.
  • Use any bag. Keep this bag near your front door. Grab it in an emergency, when you need to leave your home quickly.

What you need to build a grab-and-go bag

  • A list of important contact numbers, including:
    • ​Your guardian or emergency contact(s)
    • Family and friends
    • Special care provider or support worker
    • Doctor's office
    • Pharmacist/pharmacy
    • Insurance company information
  • Other important items:
    • ​An extra set of keys
    • A copy of bank books and some cash
    • Extra glasses, contact lenses, and/or hearing aid batteries
    • A change of underwear
    • Toiletries
    • A bottle of water
    • A blanket
    • Pet food and medicine (if needed regularly) and a photocopy of your pet's shots/vaccinations
  • Your grab-and-go bag should also include:
    • A copy of your photo identification
    • One week's worth of prescription drugs, medical supplies and special equipment.
    • An information sheet about your special needs or disability.
    • Foods that meet your dietary needs.
    • Information about your allergies.
    • Copies of your hospital cards.
  • If you have special needs, need a support person, or use life-sustaining equipment:
    • Tell Toronto Community Housing and arrange in advance for someone to check on you if there is an emergency.
    • Wear a MedicAlert bracelet or carry an identification card.
    • Carry a personal alarm that makes a loud noise so you can signal for help if you need it.
    • Label your equipment and attach instructions on how to use and move it.
  • Be prepared:​
    • Who else should be on your emergency contact list?
    • What else might you need in an emergency?

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