Fire safety educator with Montréal resident during a public awareness activity
Fire safety educator with Montréal resident during a public awareness activity in August 2012.
Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal
Newly arrived Montrealers should adopt these safety habits to reduce the risk of fire.

Smoke alarms

  • All dwellings must have a working smoke alarm. This device alerts occupants in the event of a fire. 
  • Renters are responsible for ensuring their smoke alarm is working properly.
  • The smoke alarm should be tested regularly by pressing the test button. 

To learn more about smoke alarms and your obligations, click here.

Outdoor fires

  • With the exception of outdoor cooking devices such as grills and barbecues, outdoor fires and the use of outdoor fireplaces are prohibited on the island of Montréal.
  • However, for temporary activities, a permit can be requested from the Montréal fire department. 


  • Always fry food in a certified deep fryer.
  • Watch food closely while cooking and never leave the kitchen when one of the stove's eyes is on. 


  • Never store objects that could obstruct balconies, emergency exits, stairwells or hallways. 


  • It is prohibited to store or use propane bottles indoors. 
  • Most portable propane devices are not designed for indoor use. 


  • Place candles in non-combustible holdes, away from curtains and combustible materials. 
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.


  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Don't leave a burning cigarette unattended or empty ashtrays into a trashcan. 
  • It is recommended that you pour water into an ashtray's contents before emptying it. 

Building fire alarms

If you hear a fire alarm in your building:

  • Leave the building immediately via the closest exit.
  • Do not take your personal belongings.
  • Have a plan for all family members to meet someplace outside your home, like a neighbour's home. 
  • Call 911.
  • Do not go back inside.

Lighters and matches

  • Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children. 

Emergency phone number

  • If there is an emergency, call 911.