Public Safety

Lowes and First Alert Fire Prevention Community Events
The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) is pleased to announce our partnership with Lowes and First Alert Canada to promote fire prevention best practices in communities throughout Ontario.
Through the leadership of local fire departments, a series of public education events will be held this fall in Lowes stores across the province. Our goal is to show people how simple, yet important, fire prevention can be. Plus, October is Fire Prevention Month.
Join us for giveaways, fire truck demonstrations, and information sessions on smoke alarms and fire escape planning. Come and meet the firefighters who serve in your community!
Find an event in your community:
Hosted By Date Time Address
London Fire Department October 14, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm 1335 Fanshawe Park Rd W, London, ON N6G 0E3
London Fire Department October 14, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm 3375 Wonderland Rd S, London, ON N6L 0E3
Pickering Fire Services October 14, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm 1899 Brock Rd, Pickering, ON L1V 4H7
Greater Sudbury Fire Services October 17 & 18, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm 1199 Marcus Dr, Sudbury, ON P3B 4K6
Brampton Fire & Emergency Services October 20, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm 10111 Heart Lake Rd, Brampton, ON L6Z 4W4
Sarnia Fire & Rescue Services October 20, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm 1390 Quinn Dr, Sarnia, ON N7S 6M8
Vaughan Fire & Rescue October 21, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm 200 McNaughton Rd, Maple, ON L6A 4E2
Ottawa Fire Services - Nepean October 21, 2017 10:00am to 1:00pm 340 West Hunt Club Road, Nepean, ON K2E 6T6
Toronto Fire Services October 21, 2017 1:30pm - 6:30pm 6005 Steeles Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1V 5P7
Toronto Fire Services October 21, 2017 1:30pm - 6:30pm 800 Warden Ave, Scarborough, ON M1L 4T7
Toronto Fire Services October 21, 2017 11:00am - 3:00pm 1300 Castlefield Ave, York, ON M6B 4B3
Toronto Fire Services October 21, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm 6600 Yonge St, North York, ON M2M 3X4
Toronto Fire Services October 21, 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm 3003 Danforth Ave, East York, ON M4C 1M9
Toronto Fire Services TBA   1604 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1V1
Toronto Fire Services TBA   48 Lowe's Place, Etobicoke, ON M9P 0A2
Brampton Fire & Emergency Services October 28, 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm 370 Kennedy Rd S, Brampton, ON L6W 4V2
Vaughan Fire & Rescue October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm 100 Edgeley Blvd, Concord, ON L4K 5W7
Hamilton Fire Department October 28, 2017 11:00am to 1:00pm 1945 Barton Street East, Hamilton, ON L8H 2Y7
Hamilton Fire Department October 28, 2017 11:00am to 1:00pm 100 Portia Drive, Hamilton, ON L9G 0G1
Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services November 4, 2017 9:00am to 6:00pm 5348 Mavis Rd, Mississauga, ON L5V 2Y1
Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services November 5, 2017 9:00am to 6:00pm 5348 Mavis Rd, Mississauga, ON L5V 2Y1
Ottawa Fire Services November 11, 2017 12:00pm to 3:00pm 3828 Innes Rd, Orléans, ON K1W 1K9

For more information on how to host an event at a Lowes location in your community, to learn more about the Lowes education events, or support in setting up other local sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michelle O’Hara by email at or call 905-426-9865 x222.


Autumn Fire Safety Tips!

The Fire Service in Ontario wants to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe fall.  Below are some general fire safety tips that will help your family enjoy all that fall can offer.

As summer turns to fall, it’s a good idea to refresh your memory on fall fire safety tips. Some safety tips are the same regardless of the time of year, but many safety concerns are seasonal, particularly those that involve keeping your home warm.

Outside the Home

  • Never park your car or truck over a pile of leaves.  The heat from the vehicle's catalytic converter or exhaust system can ignite the leaves below.  The resulting fire could destroy your vehicle.
  • Flammable liquids should not be stored in inside the home or in an attached garage or shed. This includes any unused fuel still in the fuel tank. Store this equipment away from your home or drain excess fuel out of the tank before storing. This simple safety precaution will help prevent accidental fires from escaping fuel vapors.
  • Remove fuel from lawn mowers before storing them for winter.
  • Contact your utility company if trees or branches are not clear of power lines
  • Prune back trees, and rake up leaves and debris. If you live in an open area with a lot of natural vegetation, consider creating a defensible fire zone around your home. Prune the bottom branches from trees and remove shrubs and trees within 20 feet of your home
  • Don’t store cardboard boxes, paper or other flammable materials in the backyard. These materials provide ready fuel for a fire and all it takes is one spark.

Heating your Home
Most Important!

  • Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they work, and change the batteries.  It is the law for all Ontario homes to have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. This covers single family, semi-detached and town homes, whether owner-occupied or rented.
  • Have a useable fire extinguisher available.

Central Heating

  • Get your central heating system cleaned, inspected and serviced by a certified HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning) contractor every year before using it.
  • If you have a gas heater, make sure that you have a sufficient quantity of fully functioning carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home.
  • Keep all flammable materials away from your furnace.  This includes, clothing, paint products, toxic materials, cardboard and more.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves

  • Have heating appliances serviced and chimney flues examined for defects.
  • Have fireplaces and fireplace dampers checked.
  • Fireplaces should be equipped with an appropriate screen or glass enclosure to prevent sparks from flying out.
  • Wood burning stoves should be examined and the flue and chimney checked for creosote buildup.  Creosote is a deposit from smoke that can build up in a chimney and can start a fire.
  • Use only seasoned woods, and avoid soft woods like Pine, etc.
  • Never use a flammable liquid to start a fireplace.
  • Never overload the hearth with wood or artificial logs, the resulting fire may be too large for the unit.
  • Put all ashes outdoors and away from the house in a metal container.

Space Heaters

  • Make sure that any space heaters are surrounded by at least three feet of empty space.
  • Never place clothing or any other objects on a space heater to dry.
  • Do not place space heaters near furniture or drapery.
  • Turn space heaters off when you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Avoid storing any combustible items near heaters.

In The Home

  • Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.   Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets or use extension cords in the place of additional outlets.
  • Check electrical appliances regularly for wearing cords and plugs.  Do not leave electrical appliances plugged in if they do not need to be.
  • Lack of maintenance is the number one cause of dryer fires. That is why it is critical to clean the lint filter before and after each use, and wipe away any lint that has accumulated around the drum.  Perform periodic checks to ensure that the air exhaust vent pipe is unobstructed (lint accumulation) and the outdoor vent flap opens readily.  Do not run the dryer without a lint filter. You are encouraged to not leave the dryer running if you go out, in case it malfunctions.


  • Extinguish candles when leaving the room or going to sleep. Keep lit candles away from items that can catch fire
  • Place candles in sturdy, burn-resistant containers that won’t tip over and are big enough to collect dripping wax.
  • Don’t place lit candles near windows, where blinds or curtains may close or blow over them.
  • Don’t use candles in high traffic areas where children or pets could knock them over.
  • Never let candles burn out completely. Extinguish them when they get to within two inches of the holder or decorative material.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a room with lit candles.
  • Do not allow older children to light candles in their bedrooms. A forgotten candle or an accident is all it takes to start a fire.
  • During power outages, exercise caution when using candles as a light source. Many destructive fires start when potential fire hazards go unnoticed in the dark.
  • Never use a candle for light when fuelling equipment such as a camp fuel heater or lantern.
  • Keep candle wicks short at all times. Trim the wick to one-quarter inch (6.4 mm).
  • Be wary of buying novelty candles. Avoid candles surrounded by flammable paint, paper, dried flowers, or breakable/meltable containers.
  • Extinguish taper and pillar candles when they burn to within two inches of the holder, and container candles before the last half-inch of wax begins to melt.
  • When buying or using novelty candles, try to determine if they pose a potential fire hazard (if they contain a combustible component for instance). If they do, or if you suspect that they might, inform your local fire department.
  • Use extreme caution when carrying a lit candle, holding it well away from your clothes and any combustibles that may be along your path.

Public & Life Safety

This information is provided by the members of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, the Ontario Fire Service, Ontario Fire and Life Safety Educators and the Office of the Fire Marshal.  Questions regarding fire education and prevention should be directed to your local fire department.

Prevention is the best way to fight a fire!