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Q: Can I arrange a tour of a fire station?

A: Yes. The department provides tours and fire safety presentations to large groups (guides, scouts, etc.) and small groups (family, youth groups). These events take 20-60 minutes. They can be arranged by calling the Fire Prevention Office. 

To book a tour at a fire station please call (705) 745-3283. Note: Station tours are not available on Saturdays
Q: Can I have an open fire in my backyard?

A: No, open air burning with wood is not permitted in the City.  Only outdoor fireplace appliances that burn propane or natural gas are permitted. Chimineas and other wood-burning devices are not approved.
Q: Do I put salt or baking soda on a kitchen fire?

A: Neither. Put a lid on it. Restrict oxygen flow to the seat of the fire, and it will go out. Keep tea towels, paper towels, and electric kettles away from the stove. Survey your kitchen to avoid such accidents. Better yet - install a home fire extinguisher.

Q: How many smoke alarms do I need? Where do they go?

A: Smoke alarms are required by provincial law to be outside each and every sleeping area.

Smoke alarms should be installed  on every storey and between each sleeping area and the remainder of the building. Where a sleeping area is served by a hallway, install the alarm in the hall. Always install the smoke alarm on or near the ceiling in accordance with the manufacturer's installation instructions.

Effective March 1, 2006, it is the law for all Ontario homes to have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas.  Smoke Alarms are good for about 10 years, then they should be replaced. Always ensure your alarm is tested and approved by the Underwriter's Laboratories of Canada (ULC). Remember only "working" smoke alarms save lives.

Q: Is Peterborough Fire Services (PFS) hiring firefighters?

A: Every few years, firefighter positions become available due to retirements. When deemed appropriate, PFS conducts a competition for appropriate candidates.  Men and women are encouraged to apply when the next opportunity arises.

Q: What are the responsibilities of a Landlord?

A: Under the Ontario Building Code, it is the responsibility of the landlord to provide fire separations, fire closures, and supply / install working smoke alarms. The landlord must also provide instructions on how to maintain the smoke alarm to the tenant.

For further questions come in person to the Fire Station at 210 Sherbrooke Street, Peterborough Monday to Friday between 8:30 am-4:30pm or call us at 705-745-3283. You can email us at

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