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What you need to know about fire

Fire can be one of the most devastating events that can happen to an individual or family. When fires occur on a large scale, many individuals and families can be affected – they may lose their homes, their possessions or their livelihoods. Minimize the impact of a fire on you and your loved ones by learning how to prevent fires and what to do in case of a fire.

What should I do in a fire?

  • Leave your home immediately. If possible, close doors behind you to confine the fire.
  • Alert the members of your household or sound the alarm in your apartment building to notify others.
  • Call 9-1-1 from a safe place.
  • If you are in an apartment building, do not use the elevators. Learn more about special fire safety concerns for high-rise buildings.
  • If your clothing catches fire, “stop, drop and roll” – do not run.
  • As part of your family emergency plan (link to Make a plan), meet with family members at a pre-planned location.
  • Inform the emergency crews of and missing persons or pets.
  • Do not go back into the building until the fire department has given the all clear.

How can I prevent fires in my home?

  • There are simple steps you can take to prevent fires in your home. The Calgary Fire Department has a comprehensive Home Safety Program that emphasizes fire safety as well as reducing hazards in the home. Download the Home Fire Safety Checklist to ensure that you have all your bases covered when it comes to fire prevention. Be sure to test all smoke alarms in your home once a month. Replace batteries at least once a year, and replace smoke alarms after 10 years.