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Municipality of the District of Chester
Fire & Emergency Response

When your power is out, you may be introducing potential hazards to your home.

Propane is a safe, clean burning and efficient fuel, but it must be handled properly and safely. Please read and follow these safety guidelines and share them with your family to help keep everyone safe and to reduce the risk of serious and potentially fatal injury, fire or explosion. 

It is tragic that, on average, eight Canadians die from fire every week. Cooking related fires are the  No. 1 cause of home fires in Canada. We must be aware of the simple preventative measures we can take to prevent disaster from occurring to us.

Time is of essence when it comes to fires at home. In just two short minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, an entire home can be engulfed in flames! It's important for residents and families to become familiar with how fire works, the main causes of home fires, and the various methods for fire safety. Staying safe from fires at home begins with you. Awareness alone is not enough; proper preventative action is crucial. 

Take some time to review the Residential Fire and Safety Guide for valuable fire prevention and safety tips. (courtesy of the Safety, Health & Consumer Council and SafeHome.Org). 


Home fires can be prevented. Take some time to inspect your house for potential fire hazards using this simple checklist.

A serious fire can occur in any part of your home. Use this checklist to make a safety check of your home.  Get the whole family involved with your inspection and be sure to correct any things that may be dangerous. Remember to have a home escape plan and practice it regularly.



Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of fatal poisonings in North America. Exposure to high concentrations can cause death in just a few minutes. There are some simple steps you can take to keep your family safe.

According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), homes fires account for about 80% of all fire deaths in a typical year and more than 95% of all deaths in structure fires in a typical year. When home fire sprinklers are used with working smoke detectors, your chances of surviving a fire are greatly increased. Sprinklers are becoming more affordable and they can potentially increase your property value and lower your insurance rates. 

During a typical year, home electrical problems account for many home fires. Electrical fires in our homes seriously injure or claim the lives of many Canadians each year.

Every year many of our senior citizens die in fires. Many of these fire deaths could have been prevented.

 Under the best of circumstances you have approximately 1-2 minutes to safely exit your home when you hear the smoke detector alarm. Smoke detectors are inexpensive early warning devices that definitely saves lives.  

Each year serious fires occur during the holiday season. There are simple life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday. By following some of the outlined precautionary tips, individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire casualty.  

Plan to get out alive!!! You need a plan of escape from your home in the event of a fire. If possible, every room should have two escape routes. Remember the Exit Drill In The Home (E.D.I.T.H.)

Children under five are naturally curious about fire. Many play with matches and lighters. Tragically, children cause many house fires every year. Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching your children that fire is a tool, not a toy.