Winter Storm Fire Safety Tips

COVID-19: Hamilton Fire Department

Updated December 7, 2020

These programs/services remain operational:

  • Fire inspections for mandatory legislated inspections, life safety inspections and complaints regarding fire safety
  • Alarmed and Ready program on an as needed basis
  • Open Air Burn Permits available for purchase online, by phone (credit card payment only), in person at City Hall and via the drop box at selected Municipal Service Centers (Dundas, Glanbrook and Stoney Creek)

These programs/services are currently suspended:

  • Volunteer Inspection Program
  • Home Fire Safety Inspection Program
  • Commercial Inspections
  • Station, business and facilities tours
  • Community and public education events

In the event of a major snow fall, the Hamilton Fire Department would like to remind all citizens of some important fire safety tips:

  • Clear snow around fire hydrants to ensure clear access and to make them easy to locate by responding firefighters.
  • Make sure all exterior passageways, exterior stairways and fire escapes are clear of snow and ice, as required by the Ontario Fire Code.
  • Clear snow from around the vent pipes for your furnace and hot water heater.
  • Never warm up a car or snow blower by letting it run in an attached garage as carbon monoxide levels will build up and seep into the home.
  • If you use a portable generator during a power outage, only use it outdoors and in a location where fumes will not enter the building.
  • During a power outage use a flashlight or chemical light stick. If you must use a candle place it in a secure holder and never leave a burning candle unattended.