Safety and Responsibilities
Your Safety is Important
When living off-campus, your safety is an important factor to consider and plan for. It’s important to be aware of your safety in all situations, including your home. You need to plan for your own safety and the security of your personal belongings by taking simple precautions.
The following are some security and fire safety guidelines you should follow in order to ensure your wellbeing.
- It is important to have someone walk with you at night
- Keep doors and windows locked, whether it is your front door, room door or closet/safe
- Keep valuables out of sight – don’t place cell phones, laptop, passport, TVs, or other similar articles out in the open or near a window; glass can be smashed, and the articles stolen
- If you are going to be away from home, only let someone you trust know, if you will be asking them to look after your house. If no one is going to be home, try not to post that information on social media
- Check before opening your door
- Chain locks are not enough to lock your doors; use deadbolt locks to secure your main door
- Keep your keys with you; do not place keys in a public place where everyone can see them
- If you think you’re being followed, cross the street, change directions, or vary your pace. If the person is still following you, contact 911
Fire safety is one of the most important things be mindful of when living off-campus. Be sure to ask your landlord if there are working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors where you are staying. The following resources will help you in staying safe:
- Do not cover smoke detectors or remove their batteries
- Replace the battery if the smoke detector is continuously beeping
- Drinking and smoking while alone is the #1 cause of fatal fires
- Watch food carefully while cooking in the oven or on the stove; do not walk away from food when it is being cooked.
- Ensure there is a fire extinguisher in your off-campus home. Not all fires are the same and many cannot be put out with only water. Extinguish a grease fire with baking soda or class B fire extinguisher
- Never tamper with electrical wiring, and don’t overload outlets
- Learn how to escape from a fire – know two ways out of every room and where the fire extinguisher is located
In addition, the following are helpful fire safety resources:
- Brampton Fire safety checklist
- Oakville Fire Safety Checklist
- Fire safety information in English and Punjabi
Brampton: Registered dwelling
If you are living in Brampton, the City has developed a program for landlords to register their homes when they are considered a second unit dwelling. A second unit dwelling is a self-contained residential unit within a house. This process includes inspections from the City to ensure the housing meets fire and bylaw safety standards. View a list of registered dwelling houses in Brampton. Simply input your address to see if the unit is registered.
Checking your unit is important from a personal safety aspect as well, since landlords who are renting out illegal units may be more likely to take advantage of the renter and not follow proper protocol as well. This could then leave you in an unsafe position as you will not be protected by the Landlord and Tenant Board since the unit is not technically legal.