Safety Tips for Renters
Fire Prevention and Safety
Being fire aware is very important when you are looking for a rental property and making sure you are aware of them prior to viewing listings will help you to know what to ask and look for. Check out our our Safety Tips below and the 'Searching Tips and Checklists"' section to find what your should be looking for in a safe rental and some suggestions on questions that you should be asking landlords.
We are working with the North Bay Fire and Emergency Services to help ensure the fire safety of our students. North Bay Fire and Emergency Services provides fire protection services through a range of programs designed to protect the lives and property from the fires, sudden medical emergencies, or exposure to dangerous conditions. Visit their website to find more information on the list below and more:
- Safety videos
- Fire Safety Legislation
- Fire Inspections
- Fire Safety Plans
- Barbecue Safety
"See It Before You Sign It" - Before a lease gets signed make sure the rental property is fire safe first (Video).
Make Your Place Fire-Safe - Home self inspection checklist
Accommodation Guide for Students - A guide to finding fire-safe accommodation for students
Protecting Yourself and Your Property
Living in North Bay, as in any large urban area, requires taking adequate safety precautions. Be observant at all times. Anticipation is a major factor in preventing crimes.
- If someone knocks on your door, identify the person before you open the door.
- At all times require service personnel to provide identification and authorization from your landlord before letting them into your room or apartment.
- When traveling at night, try to arrange to go with one or more friends.
- If walking, stay in well-lit, heavily traveled areas. Walk with confidence to convey that you are aware and in control.
- If you think someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. If the follower persists, call the police immediately, and try to find a lighted store or home to ensure safety.
- Always have your keys in hand when you approach your house or apartment. Fumbling in your purse or pockets for a key can distract you and put you off guard.
- If you have to use a public laundry facility, try to always go with a friend.
- Make sure that your door has a deadbolt lock and keep it locked at all times.
- Check all windows to see if they are secure and have adequate locks. Provide coverings for your windows and pull the shades or close the drapes at night.
- Never leave an extra key outside for any reason; leave one with a friend nearby instead.
Mobile Safety App
'Nipissing Safe' or 'Canadore Safe' are mobile apps that you can download to your phone that offers users virtual walk home features and an emergency notification system to increase safety on and off campus.