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Fire prevention
Visites de prévention incendie résidentielle Residential fire prevention visits
Starting Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022

In order to comply with the requirements of the fire safety law, the Fire and Public Safety Department (FPSD) will be visiting residential neighbourhoods starting Wednesday, June 22nd, for the purpose of conducting residential prevention visits.

These visits are intended to:
  • Reduce the number of lives and property losses due to fires
  • Promote safe actions and behaviours to eliminate the risk of fire in the home
  • Answer residents’ questions about fire safety
  • Make fire safety by-laws known
  • And ensure residents comply with those by-laws
When dropping-by without an appointment at a residence,
duly identified staff (service card, uniform and service vehicle):

  • Will ask questions about the presence of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, portable fire extinguishers, etc. This information will be collected for statistical purposes and for more targeted campaigns.
Non-Compliance Report

In case of non-compliances with municipal by-laws, a corrective actions report will be handed-out.

All information related to fire prevention is available for consultation online.

You have questions or concerns, contact the fire prevention department at 450-424-8000 ext. 207.

Set your clocks forward, check your smoke detectors

On the night of Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, 2022

  • Remember to move your clocks forward one hour
  • Make sure your smoke detectors function properly
  • Replace the batteries to save your life and the lives of your loved ones in case of fire

Natural Christmas Trees

Source of happiness, source of danger too

The Fire Department recommends that you be very careful with your natural Christmas trees.

  • Choose certified decorations in good working condition
  • Check the lighting system
  • Install the fir tree away from any heat source
  • Keep the foot of the tree moist by adding water every day
  • Avoid overloading the electrical system
  • Turn it off before you go to bed or leave your home
  • Did you make sure your smoke detectors functioned properly when you set back your clock on November 1st
  • Did you replace the batteries to save your life and the lives of your loved ones in case of fire?

View the video of a fir tree taking fire:

Happy holidays safely!

Hot ashes from your fireplace or wood stove

Precautions to take to prevent fires and intoxications

Improper storage of hot ashes can cause fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. To dispose of your ashes safely, you should:

  • Empty the ashes from the fireplace regularly, never with a vacuum cleaner, but with a metal shovel.
  • Place hot ashes in a metal container with a raised bottom and a metal lid.
  • Take the metal container outside, as hot ashes release carbon monoxide.
  • Install it on a non-combustible surface at least a metre away from any object.
  • Wait at least a full week before transferring the ashes from the metal container to another container (garbage can, compost bin) and stir the ashes to make sure they are completely cool.
  • If you can, keep the ashes outside all winter and dispose of them in your brown bin only in the spring (*cigarette/cigar ashes is not accepted*).

Visit to prevent fire hazards when using a fireplace or wood stove.

Safety tips for the holiday

Since your personal safety is your responsibility, here are some tips to follow during the holidays:

Christmas tree

  • Install your natural or artificial tree away from a heat source (electric baseboard, heater, fireplace, etc.).
  • Place the natural fir in a container filled with water and water the tree’s foot every day.
  • Choose an artificial tree over a natural tree to reduce the risk of fire.
  • After the holidays, take advantage of the natural tree collection to dispose of it ecologically.

Decorative lights

  • Select CSA or ULC approved lights. Check that they are in good condition and installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Turn them off at night or before you leave your home.


  • Always keep an eye on lit candles.
  • Place your candles on a stable surface away from flammable materials.
  • Keep them out of reach of children and animals.
  • Extinguish all candles before leaving a room or home.
  • Use LED candles for safe use.

Holiday cooking

  • Avoid distractions when cooking food (smoking, talking on the phone, social media, etc.).
  • Do not store objects in the oven or on the cooking surface.
  • Keep children away from the stove.
  • Be sure to turn off cooking appliances before leaving the room or home.

Smoke alarms and batteries

  • It is important to have a good smoke alarm per floor.
  • Be sure to pack extra batteries so that you never have to take the batteries from your alarms to put in battery-powered devices or toys.
  • Choose a smoke alarm with a 10-year lithium battery to ensure you are safe for the long term.

Portable electric heaters

  • Plug the device directly into the outlet.
  • Always use a CSA or ULC approved device.
  • Turn it off at night or before you leave your home.
  • Keep any flammable material within one metre of the device.

Extension cords

  • Use CSA or ULC approved extension cords.
  • Do not overload the electrical circuit. Use a power bar instead.
  • Replace any damaged or heat-emitting cords.

Exits and access routes

  • Remove snow from exits, balconies, decks and windows after each snowfall.
  • Ensure access routes to these exits are clear.

Hot ashes

  • Cool hot ashes outside in a metal container with a metal lid.
  • Keep the ash container at a minimum of one metre from any combustible material
  • Wait at least seven days before transferring them to the brown bin.

Fondue burners

  • Place the burner on a stable surface that supports heat.
  • Never fill it when it is hot. Use a second burner instead.
  • Use an electric fondue stove.

Set your clock back, check your smoke detectors

On the night of Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7, 2021

  • Remember to move the time back one hour
  • Make sure your smoke detectors function properly
  • Replace the batteries to save your life and the lives of your loved ones in case of fire

Fire Prevention Week

The week was held from Sunday, October 3 to Saturday, October 9, 2021

Fire Prevention Week will be held from October 3 to October 9, 2021 with the theme "You're the very first line of defence!"

Each year in Québec, fires cause an average of:

  • 13 houses damaged per day
  • 400 injuries
  • 24,000 evacuees
  • Nearly 49% of residential fires are related to human distraction or error.

Protect yourself and your family:

  • Have smoke alarms in good working order
  • Prepare your evacuation plan and practice it
  • Adopt safe behaviours
  • If you smoke:
    • Completely extinguish cigarettes in a deep ashtray with a broad edge or in a tin can filled with sand if you are outdoors;
    • Never smoke in bed or in a position in which you risk falling asleep;
    • Store lighters, matches and other smokers’ supplies out of the reach of children.

Visit the Public Security’s website and get additional safety tips on:

  • How to prevent cooking fires
  • Hazards near heat sources
  • Chimney sweeping and hot ashes
  • Carbon monoxide
  • And electricity

Please note there is not open house at the fire station’s no Great escape event.

Is your cigarette butt (really) out?

Fire can run underground

  • Fertilizers, wood chips, peat moss, vermiculite, black earth (mineral soil), mulch, commercial soil are flammable organic substances that act as a carburetor
  • Never extinguish a butt in a landscaping arrangement as the fire could feed under it even for several hours before bursting and spreading very quickly to nearby infrastructures
  • In addition, never throw a butt by the roadside or on the ground, dry grass could quickly ignite

Be responsible: dispose of your cigarettes, cigars and matches in the appropriate containers! Make sure they are completely out!

Last updated: 06/20/2022
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