Fire Safety

The Fire Chief of the Township of Norwich is a Certified Fire and Life Safety Educator who is available to speak to your group or class. There are also many resources available on the National Fire Protection Association website.

Fire Safety for Children

The Township of Norwich Fire Department offers many programs for area school children. Fire Safety programs are offered to local schools for any grade students during fire prevention week or by request at any other time of the year. The Grand River Conservation Authority has also published the Kid’s Guide to Playing it Safe, Playing it Cool!, a water safety brochure for waterways and dams. The Township of Norwich has many beautiful waterways including the Otterville Dam, and it’s important that our children know the right way to play.

Fire Safety for College Students

Students who are living away from home, should contact the fire department of the community they are residing in to learn if their student residence has been recently inspected.  Make sure there is a working smoke alarm on every floor of the building you are living in and prepare and practice an escape plan.  The following videos on the website may be helpful to consider while planning for your safe school year.

Fire Safety for Older Adults

Older adults are especially vulnerable when it comes to fire risk.  As we age, our reaction time slows, medical or mobility issues impair our ability move quickly and medication may increase drowsiness or forgetfulness.  Many Seniors who survive a fall never fully recover, they face chronic pain and reduced mobility which then puts them at risk for being injured or succumbing to a fire.  All of these issues contribute to the fact that Seniors in Ontario are at a high risk of dying in a fire.

Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms are required on every story of the home - it's the law! Test them every month.  If you are not able to stand on a ladder or chair, gently push the button with a cane or broom handle.  If your smoke alarms are battery operated, change the batteries when you change your clocks.  If you have difficulty climbing a ladder or a chair, please have a friend or family member install the smoke alarm for you as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions.  If you have no one to assist you, please contact us.


Cooking is the #1 cause of residential fires in the Province of Ontario and is responsible for 12% of the fire deaths for Seniors.  Of all fatalities of Seniors 65 and older, 26% of them had a disability of some type.  Follow these fire safety tips so you don't become a statistic.

  1. When cooking, wear tight sleeves or short sleeves. 
  2. Keep a pot lid handy when cooking.  If a pot or pan catches fire, carefully slide the lid over the top of the pot and turn off the heat.  Don't ever try to carry a burning pot or pan outside or to the sink.  Never put water on a grease fire! Pouring baking soda or salt on a grease fire may cause burning oil to splatter onto you.
  3. If you have something on the stove, stay in the kitchen until it is finished.  If you have to leave the room, turn the stove off or bring an item such as a potholder or oven mitt with you to remind you.
  4. If your clothing catches fire, STOP DROP and ROLL! If you have a medical condition or disability that prevents you from dropping to the ground, keep a towel or oven mitt handy to smother the fire. 

Fire Escape Planning

Fire escape planning is essential for Seniors and for anyone with a disability which may impair their ability to hear an alarm or escape from your home during a fire.  Plan ahead and practice your escape so you can address any possible issues before emergencies arise.  Can't crawl on your hands and knees?  Not sure if your window opens?  All these should be considered before a fire happens.