Home Fires: Information & Facts

A fire engine parked in front of a row of housesHome fires are one of the most common emergencies experienced by Canadians. In a matter of minutes, a fire in the home can be life-threatening. It’s critical to act quickly, which is why it’s so important to be prepared and informed. 

Preparing for Home Fires: Before, During & After

Home Fire Basics

During winter months, heating equipment like portable space heaters are the leading cause of home fires.

Most home fires happen when an open flame or heat source are left unsupervised. The most common causes overall include leaving your hot stove or burning candles unattended, or failing to butt out a cigarette. In as little as 30 seconds, a small flame can grow into a dangerous fire. Within minutes, an entire home can be filled with black smoke and large flames. 

In a room filled with flames, the temperature at eye-level can be dangerously hot, which is why it’s so important to stay at floor level. 

Home fires can happen anywhere and anytime, but are most common between December and March. 

Home fires can also happen very quickly and with very little warning. There’s a lot you can do to keep yourself and your family safe in the event of a fire

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