Apartments and High-rise Buildings

Evacuating from an apartment or high-rise building during a fire may not always be possible.

apartment building

If this is the case, use these tips to keep safe:

  • Place a wet towel under the door frames.
  • Place duct tape or foil wrap over doors and vent openings.
  • Whistle and use a flashlight to signal for help.
  • Hang a brightly coloured cloth out of a window or a balcony to identify location.
  • Write messages with an ink marker on cloth or on windows.
  • Wet a cotton bed sheet – make a tent with it and stay near a window when the smoke is heavy.
  • Use a plastic pail with a lid to fill with water during a fire.


Additional items to the home emergency kit are a plastic pail and a fire-safety plan for your building.

Contact Information

Emergency Planning

Joint Operations Centre
2800 Rutherford Rd.
Vaughan, ON L4K 2N9

Mailing Address

Vaughan City Hall
2141 Major Mackenzie Dr.
Vaughan, ON L6A 1T1