The Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula Fire Department is committed to fire education and prevention and making our Municipality a safer place to live and work. Services provided include fire code inspections, safety presentations, code enforcement and fire investigations.
To minimize the risk of fire and burn injury, the fire service recommends the following cottage fire safety tips:
Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. It’s the law for all Ontario homes, cottages, cabins and seasonal homes to have working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms at least monthly or each time you return to the cottage. Pack a new smoke alarm and extra smoke alarm batteries in case they need replacement.
- Install and ensure carbon monoxide alarms in your cottage if it has a fuel-burning appliance.
- Develop and practice a home fire escape plan to ensure everyone knows what to do if the smoke alarm sounds.
- Know the telephone number for the local fire department and your cottage’s emergency sign number, in case of emergency.
- Clean barbecues before using them. Keep an eye on lit barbecues and ensure all combustibles, as well as children and pets are kept well away from them. Fires can happen when barbecues are left unattended.
- Keep barbecue lighters and matches out of sight and reach of children.
- Remember to bring a flashlight with extra batteries.
- Check heating appliances and chimneys before using them.
- Check with your local fire department, municipality, or Ministry of Natural Resources to determine whether open air burning is permitted before having a campfire or burning brush. If open burning is allowed, fires should be built on bare soil or on exposed rock. Remove leaves and twigs from around the fire to keep it from spreading. Always keep a bucket of water, sand, or even a shovel close by and supervise the fire at all times.
- If you must smoke, do so outside. Keep a large can with water nearby so cigarette butts can be safely discarded. If you drink, do so responsibly. Tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption are contributing factors in many fires and can lead to serious injuries.
- Burn candles in sturdy candleholders that will not tip and are covered with a glass shade. When you go out, blow out!
Keep fire safety in mind during flooding situations
Flooding is a significant natural hazard in Ontario that can happen at any time. Heavy rains, rapid snowmelt, spring break-up and ice jams, wind-related storm surges across large lakes or the failure of dams can all cause floods.
Power outages can often occur in association with flooding conditions. The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management offers the following fire safety tips if power outages occur during a flood:
- To reduce fire risk, use flashlights, glow sticks, or battery-operated lanterns instead of candles.
- If using candles, place them in a secure holder and cover with a glass chimney, away from children and pets.
- Make sure electric stove elements and small appliances are OFF or unplugged to prevent fires from occurring when the electricity is restored.
- Propane and charcoal barbecues are for outdoor use only. Do not bring them inside.
- Make sure your home has battery-operated smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Electrically-connected smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms will not work when the power is out unless they have battery back-ups.
- Use only portable space heaters that have been designed for indoor use. Provide adequate ventilation and refuel the heater outside, when required.
- Portable generators should only be used outdoors and carefully located to ensure that exhaust fumes do not enter the home.
Electrical equipment impacted by flood water can be extremely dangerous.
For important information about electrical safety during floods, visit the Electrical Safety Authority’s website at: http://www.esasafe.com/
Current Flooding Conditions For up-to-date information about flooding conditions, visit http://ontario.ca/
- Ensure woodstoves, fireplaces and fireplace inserts are installed by a qualified technician according to manufacturer’s instructions
- Have your heating system, vents and chimneys inspected and cleaned annually by a qualified service technician
- Ensure all outside heating vents are not blocked
- Allow ashes from your woodstove or fireplace to cool before emptying them into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Keep the container outside.
- Always use a fire screen around the fireplace!
Many people rent homes or cottages as Short-term Accommodations within the MNBP. These rentals are not regulated like hotels and motels. Practice home safety in rentals just like you do at home.
- Everyone knows the address of the rental
- There are working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms outside each sleeping area and on every storey of the rental
- Everyone knows two ways out of every room and out of the rental if there is an emergency
- All doors and windows that lead outside can be easily opened
- You choose an outside meeting place a safe distance from the rental where everyone can meet and be accounted for in the event of a fire