Fire Prevention Tips During Power Outages

It's important that you and your family stay safe during a power outage which can happen at any time and can cause many fire hazards. Richmond Hill Fire and Emergency Services and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management offer the following tips to keep your family safe during a power outage:

Candles and matches

  • Use flashlights or battery-powered candles whenever possible instead of burning candles
  • Place candles in sturdy candleholders, protected by a glass chimney
  • Keep candles away from flammable materials, and out of reach of children and pets
  • Never leave candles unattended, blow them out when you leave the room or go to bed
  • Avoid candles in bedrooms
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children and never let children light candles unless they are supervised



  • Make sure your stove and oven are turned off as soon as the power goes out and that nothing is left on the stove or in the oven
  • Place portable electrical generators outside and make sure generator fumes don't get into your home
  • Keep generators and hot exhaust gases away from anything flammable
  • Store generator fuel outside, in an approved container
  • Shut down and let generators cool before refuelling
  • Always follow manufacturer's instructions for using your generator


Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms

  • Make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are battery-protected during a power outage; electrically connected alarms will not work when the power is out
  • Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms regularly


Escape plans

  • Make sure everyone in your home knows your escape plan
  • Plan who is going to look after children, older adults and pets
  • Choose a meeting place outside of your home
  • Don't let anyone go back into your home after exiting, even to call 9-1-1
  • Call 9-1-1 after exiting your home from a neighbour's home or use a cell or pay phone.

Contact the Fire Prevention Division at 905-883-5444 for more information.