Emergency Preparedness

Front view of the trucks parked at Leamington Fire Services

 Emergency Preparedness

Flooding is a natural hazard in Ontario that can happen at any time of year.

Hazard Information

Floods are typically caused by melting snow, ice jams, heavy spring rains and summer thunderstorms. Flash flooding is caused by violent rain storms or breaking dams, often occurring with little or no warning. They can damage property and injure or kill people.

For more information on flooding and your safety, visit 

Leamington Alerts

To sign up for emergency alerts for the Leamington area:


Make A Plan


Build A 72hr Kit


Visit the Get Prepared and the Emergency Management Ontario websites for more information.


Flood Precautions

If you feel unsafe, do not wait to evacuate.  If you are instructed by emergency officials to evacuate, do so immediately.  

In any flooding or potential flooding event, the following actions should be taken:

Protecting your home

  • Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
  • Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into your home.
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.
  • Keep an adequate supply of food, candles and drinking water in case you are trapped inside your home.

When a flood is imminent:

  • Listen to designated radio/TV emergency alert systems for emergency instructions.
  • Secure/bring in outdoor furniture or other items that might float away and become a potential hazard.
  • Move valuable items and papers/documents to upper floors.

During a flood:

  • Seek higher ground. Do not wait for instructions.
  • Be aware of flash flood areas such as canals, streams, drainage channels.
  • Be ready to evacuate.
  • If instructed, turn off utilities at main switches and unplug appliances - do not touch electrical equipment if wet.
  • If you must leave your home, do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. Use a stick to test depth.
  • Do not try to drive over a flooded road. If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and seek an alternate route.

After a flood

  • Stay away from flood water - do not attempt to swim, walk or drive through the area
  • Be aware of areas where water has receded. Roadways may have weakened and could collapse.
  • Avoid downed power lines and muddy waters where power lines may have fallen.
  • Do not drink tap water until advised by the Health Unit that the water is safe to drink.
  • Once flood waters have receded you must not live in your home until the water supply has been declared safe for use, all flood-contaminated rooms have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, adequate toilet facilities are available, all electrical appliances and heating/cooling systems have been inspected, food, utensils and dishes have been examined, cleaned or disposed of, and floor drains and sumps have been cleaned and disinfected.

The Municipality annually meets the requirements of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. A copy of the official Municipal Emergency Response Plan, may be obtained by request only.

For more information regarding emergency preparedness, please visit the County of Essex Emergency Management website.





 Home Fire Sprinklers

Have you considered home fire sprinklers? Including fire sprinklers in your home is a great idea that can save your family's lives.  Please watch this video below for more information.

Home Fire Sprinklers Video

Carbon Monoxide Legislation

On October 15, 2014, the Ontario Fire Code makes it mandatory for all residences to have carbon monoxide detectors in every sleeping area, if it has fuel fired appliances (natural gas, propane), a fireplace or an attached garage.  

This requirement comes into effect April 15, 2015.  Homeowners and landlords are required to install and maintain the alarm. 

For more information please refer to the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Legislation.

Fines and/or charges may be laid to either the landlord or tenant if these responsibilities are violated. Please visit the OFM website for further information.

 Inspection Services

Leamington Fire Services provides the following inspection services:

  1. Complaints or Request for Information

  2. Retrofit Inspections (part 9 of the Ontario Fire Code)

  3. Special Event Inspections

  4. Liquor Licence Approvals/Occupancy Load

  5. Business Registration Inspections

  6. Fire Safety Plan Reviews

  7. Multi Unit Rental Inspections (Smoke Alarm Maintenance Form for Landlords)

  8. Open Air Burning Permits

Fees may apply to some of the services provided. Please see our 2018 fee schedule.

 Public Education

Leamington Fire Services provides the following public education/safety services:

  1. Station Tours

  2. Fire Safety Presentations

  3. TAPP-C Program - for children with fire fascination, ages 3-18.

  4. Static Displays

  5. Fire Extinguisher Training

  6. Fire Prevention Week Activities


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Phone: 519-326-5761
Fax: 519-326-2481
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