Our top fire prevention tips for the home

October 9 to 14 is Fire Prevention Week in Canada this year, and the Calgary Fire Department is taking this time to remind residents of the importance of fire safety and prevention. Did you know a house fire can double in size every 30 to 60 seconds? It’s true, so make sure you keep these fire prevention tips in mind!


  • You have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home
  • You test your detectors monthly
  • Detectors over ten years old are replaced
  • Here’s how to tell if your detector is expired:
    1. Remove the smoke alarm from the wall or ceiling.
    2. Look at the back of the alarm for the date of manufacture.
    3. If it was made less than 10 years ago, put the alarm back on the ceiling or wall.
    4. If it was made 10 or more years ago or you cannot find the manufacture date, replace the alarm with a new one.
    5. Having trouble finding the date? Sparky can teach you how if you watch this video
  • Cooking is never left unattended
  • Check for worn or cracked electrical cords on appliances
  • Small appliances not being used are left unplugged

Living Room

  • Gas appliances/fireplaces are inspected annually
  • Electrical outlets are not overloaded
  • Wires or cords do not run under carpets or rugs


  • Lamps are clear of fabrics or anything that can overheat or catch fire
  • Bedroom doors are closed at night
  • Windows open easily


  • Furnace and hot water tank are clear of combustibles or obstructions
  • Electrical panel is free of obstructions


  • Gasoline isn’t stored in garage
  • Garage is kept clear of sawdust or wood shavings
  • Cars are not left idling in garage

For more fire prevention tips, the Calgary Fire Department is holding three free open houses this Saturday, October 14th from 1 to 4pm: