For comprehensive information on life in residences, including fire safety policies, visit the McGill Student Housing / Current Residents web page.

Residences Evacuation Training Video


Frequently Asked Questions


Can I cook anywhere I want?

No. You must cook in kitchens only. Kitchens are designed for cooking – no other room can be used for this purpose.  


What do I do if a pan is on fire? Should I use water to extinguish the fire?

First, turn off the heat source. Then, use a lid to cover the pan. Never use water to extinguish a pan on fire because the water will spread the fire.


Why do you say that I should avoid candles?

Because candles are a source of fire, we prefer avoiding candles due to the risks involved.


What's the difference between a smoke detector and a fire alarm?

Smoke detectors are devices that are part of the fire alarm system. The smoke detector detects smoke triggering the fire alarm system, with the bells alerting the occupants to evacuate.  


Do I need to contact the Fire Prevention Office if I want to throw a party in my room?

Yes, you do. The Fire Prevention Office need to know your intended setup, making sure it follows regulations.


How do I notify the Fire Prevention Office about special events?

Email the fireprevention [at]">Fire Prevention Office.


What types of fire protection equipment do we use in Residences?

Fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, and sprinkler systems.


How do you know that the University's fire equipment works well?

We conduct fire equipment inspections as required by law.


How do you use a fire extinguisher?

PASS. Pull the pin. Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. Squeeze the lever. Sweep from side to side. Visit our How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher page, or send an email to our fireprevention [at]">Fire Prevention Office to request training.


How do I choose an extinguisher?

Determine the class of fire involved. For example, if your computer catches fire, a Type C fire extinguisher is required. C stands for current. For more details on extinguishers and types of fires, visit the Extinguishers and Fire Classification page.


Where do I find my building's evacuation plan?

Evacuation plans are located in hallways, sometimes next to elevators.


What do I do if someone I'm trying to help evacuate doesn't want to leave?

Take note of the person’s location and inform the fire department when they arrive.


Additional Resources

  • Familiarize yourself with the Emergency Procedures poster in your building.
  • Read the pamphlet on Fire Safety at Home from the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal.
  • Check out the Safety and Security section (p. 20-23) of the Student Housing & Hospitality Guide to Community Living 2017-2018 handbook.


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