The damage caused by fire is greatly reduced by ensuring that you have the right fire protection systems and safety features. To protect our community, the LaSalle Fire Service provides information, services and programs dedicated to fire prevention. 

Carbon Monoxide

As of April 2015 legislation requires carbon monoxide alarms near all sleeping areas in existing homes. Carbon monoxide (CO) has been called the "silent killer". Many people never know that they have been poisoned because CO is a colourless, tasteless and odourless gas. Carbon monoxide can cause serious illness or death.

The people most at risk are the very young or the elderly. CO poisoning symptoms, commonly confused with the flu, include:

  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Vomiting
Protect Yourself and Your Family
  • To protect yourself and your family you can ensure that:

    • All fuel burning appliances are inspected,CO Alarm photo
      cleaned and installed by CO Alarm photoqualified repair personnel
    • The furnace area has an adequate supply of fresh air
    • You never leave your car running in the garage
    • You have a few windows open at night just a crack to circulate the fresh air
    • A carbon monoxide detector is installed in your home
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Detectors not only provide a life saving warning, they are the law in Ontario.

    Detectors should be:

    • Placed outside bedrooms and on every level.
    • Installed and maintained by building owners.
    • Tested regularly
    • Connected to continuous power supply, such as back-up battery, in case of power outage.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management through the Fire Safety Council has created a diagram of potential sources of carbon monoxide sources in your household.

Fireworks Permit

Fireworks Sales Permit

Application For Fireworks Sales Permit To Sell Consumer Fireworks From Temporary Sales Unit. Sales of fireworks in LaSalle from a temporary sales location (ie. roadside stand) requires a permit issued by the LaSalle Fire Service. Permit applications must be submitted 30 days in advance of the intended sales period.

By-law 8013 provides more information on the sale of fireworks from a temporary location in the Town of LaSalle.

Fireworks Discharge (Use) Permit 

The use of family fireworks purchased in Canada is permitted on Victoria Day, Canada Day, Fourth of July, Civic Holiday, Labour Day and the recognized holiday weekend for each holiday; as well as, New Year's Eve.

Use of family fireworks is permitted from dusk till 11 p.m., on your property or with permission from the owner of the property being used.

Anyone using fireworks must be over 18 years of age, handle and discharge them in a safe manner, according to manufacturers instructions, and have a fire extinguisher or other effective means of extinguishment readily available.

Firecrackers and Sky lanterns (Chinese Lanterns) are NOT permitted to be used in LaSalle.

By-law 8013 provides more information on the use of fireworks in the Town of LaSalle.

For more information contact our Fire Prevention Division

Fire Prevention Week

In previous years, during Fire Prevention Week, the LaSalle Fire Service would host displays, fire station tours, and school visits in the community. Due to COVID-19, Fire Prevention Week 2020 will be brought to you virtually right here on our website and through our social media pages.

Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter for daily fire safety videos created by our very own LaSalle firefighters. We would love it if you would follow along and show us your support by commenting on our posts and sharing our messaging with your family and friends!

Welcome to Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is observed every year during the week of October 9th.  Each year, communities throughout North America observe Fire Prevention Week to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of October 9, 1871. This tragedy has taught important lessons that have shaped the way fire departments think about fire safety.  At the LaSalle Fire Service, we teach fire safety year round, and especially during Fire Prevention Week, to help prevent the devastation fire can cause. 

Smoke Alarm Video

Make sure everyone understands the warning of your smoke alarms and knows how to respond. When the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside! Call 9-1-1 from a safe location.

  • Install according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Test smoke alarms every month using the test button.
  • Replace old smoke alarms, they have an expiry date.
  • Replace batteries every 6 months, we recommend at Daylight Savings Time.

Kitchen Safety Video

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

  • Do you stay in the kitchen when you are cooking?
  • Do you keep things that can burn away from the stove?
  • Do you keep young children away from the stove?
  • Do you wear tight-fitting or rolled up sleeves when you use the stove?
  • Do you know what to do if you have a cooking fire?

Watch the video below to learn about fire safety in the kitchen to protect you and your family. 

Stove Top Fire Safety

Never throw water on a grease fire!

If your pot/pan catches on fire, cover the pot by slowly sliding a lid on top of the pot/pan and shut off the burner. Ensure the fire is out before removing the lid. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. Call 9-1-1 if the room is filled with smoke.

Fire Extinguisher Video

When using a fire extinguisher, remember to PASS:

P - pull
A - aim
S - squeeze
S - sweep

For information on home fire extinguishers visit Kidde Canada.  

Home Escape Planning

A home escape plan is a plan to get out of your home quickly in the event of a fire. Use an Escape Plan Grid to draw a floor plan of your home, showing two ways out of every room, if possible.

Gear Demo Video

This is what we look like when we respond to a house fire. Help us teach children not to be afraid of our gear. We are coming to your rescue!

Backyard Fire Safety Video

We want you to enjoy having a small fire but, safety is our main concern. Watch our video and read our Recreational Fire Quick Reference Sheet before you burn to ensure you are safe and in compliance.

 

Sparky Fire Dog

Sparky Kids is an interactive website with educational activities, videos, games, and apps that teach fire safety to children. 

Sparky School House is an educator site for teaching fire safety to preschool through grade 5.

Fire Report & Search of Records Request

Requesting a Copy of a Fire Report
  • Reports are provided to solicitors and insurance companies upon request
  • All requests must be made in writing to the LaSalle Fire Service
  • Fee - $80 cheque made payable to LaSalle Fire Service, 1900 Normandy St, LaSalle, ON N9H 1P8
  • Please note: Detailed investigation reports require a Freedom of Information request and fees may vary. For information on The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and/or to download the Freedom of Information Request form visit the Town of LaSalle website/MFIPPA
Requesting a Search of Records Report
  • Reports are provided to solicitors and insurance companies upon request
  • All requests must be made in writing to the LaSalle Fire Service
  • Fee - $80 cheque made payable to LaSalle Fire Service, 1900 Normandy St, LaSalle, ON N9H 1P8

Inspections

Identifying hazards before they cause harm is the best way to reduce the number of fires and the damage they cause.

Our fire prevention division conducts inspections of all commercial properties in the Town of LaSalle to ensure compliance with the Ontario Fire Code.

 

Inspection Fees

 Requested Inspection requiring letter

 (ie. licencing, change of ownership)

$100

 Requested Inspection - multiple units/floors, commercial

 >10,000 square feet

 $75/hour

 Follow-up inspections

 fire code violations - per site follow-up

$100     

 If you have questions regarding inspections within the Town of LaSalle please contact the Fire Prevention Division.

Recreational Fires

Within the Town of LaSalle, a small outdoor fire such as a campfire is permitted when the rules of the by-law are followed. Our Recreational Fire Quick Reference Sheet provides an easy to read version of by-law 7170 

We want you to enjoy having a small fire but, safety is our main concern. For more information watch the following video created by our firefighters. 

Smoke Alarms

You may have just seconds to safely escape a fire in your home. That's why smoke alarms are so important. Only working smoke alarms provide those precious seconds you need to safely escape. Remember, it's the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. LaSalle Fire Service adopted a policy (January 2017) of actively enforcing requirements for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Failure to comply with the Ontario Fire Code will result in a ticket or a fine.

Who is Responsible for the smoke alarms in your home?

If you are a homeowner or are a landlord, it's your job to install and maintain smoke alarms. If you are a tenant of a rental property and do not have the required number of smoke alarms, contact your landlord immediately. It is against the law for tenants to remove the batteries or tamper with the alarm in any way.

Not following the Ontario Fire Code will result in a ticket of $360 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for corporations.

We are proud of our aggressive residential smoke alarm campaign that helps to ensure early warning in the event of a residential fire. In order to protect all residents the LaSalle Fire Service will continue to ensure each residence we attend is in compliance.

Maintaining Your Alarm
  • Follow the instructions when installing alarms.
  • Test smoke alarms every month.
  • Replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • Replace smoke alarms with new ones every ten years.
  • Never remove the batteries except to change them.
  • Try a different type if you experience nuisance alarms.