Preparing in case of fire

Prepare in case of fire

The Calgary Fire Department wants you to be ready in case of a fire.

In a typical residential fire, you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape from the time the smoke alarm sounds.

Knowing how to use those minutes can make a lifesaving difference.

General tips

  • Ensure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside the bedrooms, and outside the sleeping area
  • Test Smoke Alarms monthly, change batteries once a year and replace smoke alarms every 10 years
  • Sleep with your doors closed at night. This will keep smoke out in the event of a fire and give you precious time to react.
  • Extinguish all open flames before sleeping and you should not have candles in your bedroom.
  • Ensure all cooking appliances are turned off and stored safely.
  • Ensure all stairwells and exits are clear and accessible.
  • Plan, draw and practice a Home Escape Plan.
  • 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.

  • High-rise building safety

    High-rise building have special safety concerns that you should be aware of.

  • Secondary suite safety

    Secondary suites in Calgary must comply with certain regulations in order to keep residents safe.

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