At Avenue Living Communities, your safety is our top priority and we’re dedicated to ensuring a secure living environment for everyone. Fire safety is crucial in achieving this goal and reducing the risk of accidental fires.  

Let’s dive into some essential fire safety tips to protect you, your loved ones and your neighbours. 

Smoke Alarms 

Learn how to ensure your smoke alarm works. 

In-suite smoke alarms are your first line of defense. It’s important to test your smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries every year. You can do this by pressing the button on the alarm and holding it down. The alarm should sound. If your alarm has no button, it is outdated and must be replaced. 

Knowing that your alarms are in working order provides peace of mind and early warning in case of a fire. It’s a simple step that can make a huge difference and if you're unsure or face any issues, request Avenue Living Communities to test them for you. 

Fire Extinguishers   

Next up, let’s talk about fire extinguishers. Knowing where they are and how to use them is vital. Remember the acronym PASS: Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle and Sweep from side to side.  


Always empty your dryer lint traps to prevent fires. 

Dryer safety is another important factor in keeping yourself and the building safe. Clean the lint filter before and after each use to prevent dangerous buildup. A lint-free dryer works more efficiently and reduces the risk of fire. This simple task, done regularly, can save lives. 

Entryways and Exits  

Keeping exits, hallways and common areas clear of clutter, combustible materials, garbage and organic materials is another crucial safety component. A clear path can save precious seconds in an emergency. Regularly check that the exits and common areas are free from obstructions. It’s a habit that can make evacuation quicker and safer for everyone. 


Always supervise open flames. 

In Canada, an average of 800 fires are caused by candles each year. It’s important to never leave a flame unattended. Although they are a great way to add ambiance to your space, candles are an open flame and can put you and your family at risk. It's important to always blow your candles out when you’re not in the room.  

Exterior Safety  

For our townhome residents, exterior safety is paramount. Keep all exterior spaces free of flammable materials like firewood and debris. This practice keeps your home safe and prevents potential fires from spreading to neighbouring homes. Maintaining these areas helps create a fire-safe environment for the entire community. 

Resident Awareness  

On the topic of community, let’s also not forget the importance of resident vigilance. If you spot any suspicious activity, especially related to fire safety, report it immediately. Your attentiveness can help prevent potential issues. By staying alert and proactive, we can all contribute to a safer community!  

Smoking Safety 

Find out smoking safety when living in an apartment. 

Smoking is a leading cause of residential fires, which is one reason why our buildings are designated as smoke-free. However, if you smoke, please do so safely. Always smoke outside and use an ashtray, these actions significantly reduce the risk of indoor fires.  

It is also crucial to make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished before disposal; even a smoldering butt can ignite a fire if not properly handled. Use sand or water to ensure its fully out, and never discard smoking materials in planters or other places where a fire could smolder. Always use designated disposal options to prevent potential fires from starting unexpectedly. By following these guidelines, we can all contribute to a safer and cleaner community. 

Electrical Safety 

Distribute cords effectively to prevent overheating. 

To prevent overheating and potential fires, avoid overloading outlets by using power strips with surge protectors and never plugging too many high-wattage devices into a single outlet. Regularly inspect electrical cords and replace them immediately if they show signs of wear and tear, frayed cords can be a fire hazard.  

Always power down your devices to ensure there are no fires.

It is also important that cords are placed safely. Avoid hiding them under rugs or running them through rooms. Additionally, make it a habit to unplug appliances like toasters and irons when not in use; this practice not only reduces the risk of electrical fires but also saves energy.  

If you have any concerns or questions about fire safety, contact your property management team. We’re here to ensure that your living environment is as safe as possible. Remember, fires pose significant risks of injury, property loss and displacement. By following these tips and staying vigilant, you play a crucial role in maintaining a safe community. 

by Avenue Living Communities