October is Fire Prevention Month

Fire Safety Tips

Fires can start in an instant, spread quickly, and cause severe damage to your home and belongings. It only takes a few minutes of your time to develop strong fire prevention practices and an emergency response plan for your home.

Here are a few things you can do right now to help protect your home from fire.

  • Always stay in the kitchen when you are cooking.
  • Keep a lid nearby when cooking on the stovetop. You can use the lid to contain and smother small grease fires before they spread.
  • Make sure anything that can catch fire—such as dish rags, curtains, and paper towels—are far away from the stovetop.
  • Never overload an outlet or extension cord, especially when using high-energy appliances like toasters.
  • When using space heaters, these must be plugged directly into a wall outlet and not a power bar.
  • Clean your dryer lint screen after each load of laundry.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach from children.
  • Extinguish candles when you leave the room, and do not leave candles burning overnight.
  • Never light candles if oxygen tanks are used in your home.


Fire rated doors

Fire rated doors are an essential part of a building’s fire prevention strategy, but they can only do their job if they are closed. Fire doors are clearly marked with a sign stating ‘Fire door, keep closed’. If you see a fire door that is held open; whether that’s with a door wedge, fire extinguisher, chair, pot plant or anything else, please do your part in preventing the spread of a fire by closing the door.


Fire Escape Plans

On average, you’ll only have two minutes to escape from a housefire after the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use those minutes can make a lifesaving difference. Download a guide on creating an escape plan here.



Recent News
Tenant Handbook

In Summer 2020 we compiled a new Printable PDF version of important information for tenants. You will find details on how to connect with CHC, guidance on the programs we provide, and advice on maintenance and management of your home. Keep a copy of the PDF on your device or print your own hardcopy. Download CHC Tenant Handbook 2020

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Have Your Voice Heard

In early 2024 we will be reaching out to residents to gather your experiences, opinions, and ideas to inform our Anti-Racism Strategy.

You can participate by:

  • Completing the survey that will be distributed in early 2024
  • Volunteer to join a focus group (this will be available through the survey)


Watch for more information coming soon!


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