Newly arrived Montrealers should adopt these safety habits to reduce the risk of fire.
- All dwellings must have a working smoke alarm. This device alerts occupants in the event of a fire.
- Renters are responsible for ensuring their smoke alarm is working properly.
- Batteries should be replaced twice a year.
- Some smoke alarms have batteries that last for 10 years. The smoke alarm should be tested regularly by pressing the test button.
- With the exception of outdoor cooking devices such as grills and barbecues, outdoor fires and the use of outdoor fireplaces are prohibited on the island of Montréal.
- However, for temporary activities, a permit can be requested from the Montréal fire department.
- Always fry food in a certified deep fryer.
- Watch food closely while cooking and never leave the kitchen when one of the stove's eyes is on.
- Never store objects that could obstruct balconies, emergency exits, stairwells or hallways.
- It is prohibited to store or use propane bottles indoors.
- Most portable propane devices are not designed for indoor use.
- Place candles in non-combustible holdes, away from curtains and combustible materials.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Don't leave a burning cigarette unattended or empty ashtrays into a trashcan.
- It is recommended that you pour water into an ashtray's contents before emptying it.
Building fire alarms
If you hear a fire alarm in your building:
- Leave the building immediately via the closest exit.
- Do not take your personal belongings.
- Have a plan for all family members to meet someplace outside your home, like a neighbour's home.
- Call 911.
- Do not go back inside.
Lighters and matches
- Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.
Emergency phone number
- If there is an emergency, call 911.