Since 1996, Calgary Firefighters have been visiting Calgary homes to share important home safety information, inspect smoke alarms and, when needed, replace smoke alarm batteries or replace and install smoke alarms with the Calgary Fire Department Home Safety Program.
The Calgary Fire Department is committed to ensuring safe communities. The Calgary Fire Department Home Safety Program works to achieve this by sharing fire prevention strategies and home safety information with Calgary residents. Each year Calgary Firefighters visit Calgary homes to communicate important, life-saving information.
The three elements of the Calgary Fire Department Home Safety Program are:
Home Escape Plan
You should develop a Home Escape Plan with your family so that everyone knows what to if there is ever a fire in your home. Please see all the elements you'll need to complete your home escape plan.
- You have identified two exits, or two ways out such as through a door and a window, of each room, especially bed rooms where family members sleep.
- All exits in your home are clear of toys, furniture and clutter.
- If there are infants or other family members with limited mobility, someone in your family knows to assist them if there is a fire.
- You and your whole family should practice your home escape plan twice a year. Practice at different times of the day or week each time, because everyone may react differently depending on time of day or night.
- Pick a meeting place outside, away from your home, where everyone will meet up after leaving the home.
- Know that in the case of a fire, someone in your family will need to call 9-1-1 once you are outside at your meeting place, safely away from your house.
- Check that your house number is clearly visible from the street and back alley and make sure that all family members as well as house guests know your home address. In the case that anyone needs to call 9-1-1 for an emergency, they will be able to provide the correct address of your home.
Smoke alarms, when properly installed, tested and maintained, provide the best early warning system in the event of a house fire. Detection and warning of smoke and fire saves lives and reduces damage to homes and personal belongings.
- Test all smoke alarms in your home once a month by pressing the alarm’s test button and replace the batteries of each smoke alarm at least once a year. Do not use rechargeable batteries.
- Replace smoke alarms after 10 years.
Home Safety Checklist
You can complete this Home Safety Checklist with your family or residents of your home as well as read some of the simple things you can do to prevent a fire or injury to someone in your home:
- Make sure adults are present in the kitchen when food is cooking.
- Make sure that your cooking areas, such as the top of your stove, is free of anything that could catch fire.
- Make sure pot handles are turned to the back of the stove.
- Set a "kid-free" zone of one metre (or three feet) around the stove when adults are cooking.
- Keep portable space heaters away from anything could easily catch on fire, never leave them unattended and turn them off when going to bed.
- Have your home heating systems, such as chimneys, fireplaces, wood stoves or furnaces inspected are reparied once a year or as directed.
- Always blown out candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
- Only use candle holders that won't tip over easily and are big enough to catch dripping wax.
- Keep matches and lighters out of children's sight and reach.
- Check electrical cords, make sure they are in good condition without cracks or frayed areas.
- Never run extension cords under carpet and don't use them as permanent wiring.
- Only store flammable liquids like gasoline, kerosene or propane, in safe containers outside the home in a properly ventilated shed.
- Make sure smokers in your home douse all cigarette butts and ashes with water before throwing them into a non-combustible container.