The SIM encourages you to read and follow the prevention tips in this section to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. These tips could save your life!

Fires in the kitchen

Cooking fires are at the very top of accidental fires on the island of Montréal.

Smokers’ items

The number of smokers continues to decrease, smokers' items remain the cause of numerous building fires on the island of Montréal. No less than 29% of recorded fires involved smokers’ items.

Risks related to technological devices

Few people suspect that smartphones, tablets, laptop computers, or electrical scooters and bikes can actually start a fire.

Four lit candles

Candles and oil lamps

Candles and oil lamps are more and more common: All the more reason to handle these items carefully.

Fondue pot

Fondue burners

Here are some tips for using a fondue burner with liquid or gel fuel.

A central heating appliance


To use your heater safely, whether it's central heating or a supplementary heat source, we recommend you take certain precautions.

Un barbecue.

Cooking out

Here are some safety tips for using a barbecue safely.

Electrical outlet


Temporary or permanent electric fixtures are major fire hazards. A few precautions must be taken.

Material stored in a garage


Here are some tips for safe storage in your home.

Portable fire extinguisher.

Portable fire extinguishers

All residents should have a portable extinguisher and know how to use it so they can be able to control the start of a fire.

A campfire

Outdoor fires

Outdoor fires produce smoke that contains a number of toxic substances. They are prohibited on the island of Montréal except under special circumstances.

Gas fireplace

Gas fireplaces

Gas fireplaces have certain risks. Here are some tips for using them safely.

Montréal on a day of intense cold

Intense cold

During periods of intense cold, follow these instructions for safe use of your heating appliances.

Fire safety educator with Montréal resident during a public awareness activity

Information for new arrivals

Newly arrived Montrealers should adopt these safety habits to reduce the risk of fire.


Information for seniors

The Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal is intent on helping seniors become more aware of the importance of adopting certain behaviours in order to reduce the risk of fire and injury.

No butts in the flower pots

No butts in the flower pots

Every year, cigarette butts in flower pots and flower beds cause numerous fires in Montréal and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.



Authorization must be obtained from the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal for any use of fireworks.

Each member of the family helps to develop an evacuation plan.

Evacuation plan

Create an evacuation plan with all members of your family and practice fire drills twice a year.

Flammable aerosol product

Flammable and explosive products

When you store or use dangerous materials at home, be sure to adopt safe practices.

Dryers : safety tips

Household Dryers

Your fire department invites you to comply with the following basic safety rules when operating hosehold dryers.

Fire Hydrant.

Fire Hydrants

Under the By-law concerning the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal, fire hydrants must be unobstructed for clear access by firefighters and their equipment at all times.

Electronic Cigarettes.

Electronic Cigarette

The electronic cigarette, a device equipped with a battery and a microprocessor, has gained popularity among Quebecers in recent years.