Ministry of the
Solicitor General


Fire Safety and Public Education Overview

The Fire Protection and Prevention Act 1997 requires that municipalities establish a program which must include public education with respect to fire safety. The Public Safety Education Section of the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) develops materials and resources to assist municipal fire departments in their local public fire safety education efforts to raise public awareness of fire prevention and fire safety and protection from the dangers of carbon monoxide in their communities.

Everyone has the responsibility to keep their families and homes safe from fire and carbon monoxide. The best ways to do this are to:

  • prevent fires from starting;
  • maintain working smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas to have as much time to safely escape as possible, if a fire does occur. Not only do smoke alarms save lives, they are required by law;
  • plan and practice a home fire escape plan so everyone in the home knows exactly what to do should the smoke alarms sound in an emergency;
  • have fuel-burning appliance serviced annually by certified service technicians and install and maintain working carbon monoxide alarms adjacent to each sleeping area, and
  • consider installing residential sprinklers when building a new home or doing extensive renovations.

Information and resources about how to keep your loved ones and valued possessions safe from fire and carbon monoxide are available at the links on this page. Email us if you are looking for more information.