One minute. That's how long you have to escape when your smoke alarm warns you that your house is on fire. That's assuming your smoke alarms are working. Have you checked them this month?

Unless you take steps to protect yourself, you are placing yourself at risk. Having the fire department respond to your home is the last line of defence when it comes to fire safety. West Lincoln Fire and Emergency Services urges everyone to take the necessary steps to protect themselves from the dangers of fire in your home.  With proper preparedness, you can help keep your family safe from fire.

Be prepared

Consider this fact – modern construction techniques, along with the materials used in modern furnishings, means that fires are burning hotter and faster than ever. Be prepared for an emergency:

  • Check your alarms.
  • Make an escape plan.
  • Book a home fire safety inspection.

Smoke alarms and escape plans

The two most important things you can do are to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and have an escape plan. 

Smoke alarms give you the early warning you need to escape safely while escape plans help to avoid delays and confusion. As part of your escape plan, every person in the house should know two ways out in case fire is blocking the main escape route. Have a designated meeting place so that you can make sure everyone made it out safely. 

Learn more about smoke alarms and home escape plans.

Book a home fire safety inspection

Any West Lincoln resident can book a free home fire safety inspection. Learn more about home fire safety inspections.

Educational tools


Knowfire is a fire safety awareness program based out of the Niagara Region.

Are you and your loved ones safe from fire? Knowfire has quick and simple tips that will help save lives whether you are a student, property owner or parent. 

Go to Knowfire now!

Kids Corner

Fire safety education is important for all ages especially young children. The National Fire Protection Association recognizes this and has dedicated a part of their website just to kids - known as the Kids Corner. Your kids can play educational games and watch fun videos about fire safety or learn about Sparky the Fire Dog!

Go to the Kids Corner now!