Fire Safety

Northwood’s facilities were built with Fire Safety top of mind. Please read the following information so you know what to do in case of fire.

Fire Protection Systems:

  • Smoke detectors in hallways, resident rooms and in larger common rooms.
  • A hard wired fire alarm system monitored 24/7 by a professional alarm company.
  • Automatic heat activated water sprinklers in common areas and resident rooms.
  • One hour fire wall protection for each house.
  • A ventilation system that, when the fire alarm is activated, supplies fresh air and exhausts smoke from the area of the fire.
  • A paging system and radios help us communicate. 
  • A Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan with regular staff training and practice drills.

For your safety, when the fire alarm rings:

  • Stop what you are doing.
  • Follow staff direction.
  • Listen for announcements
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • Stay calm.

When you hear the Fire Alarm Bells, know that staff are trained to:

  • Remove people from danger and clear the area.
  • Pull the nearest fire alarm.
  • Clear all rooms around the fire and if safe to do so, put the fire out with an extinguisher.
  • Evacuate residents, if necessary.

Please remember:

  • Only the Fire Department can give the “ALL CLEAR” and reset the alarm, even if it was pulled by mistake.
  • The bells sometimes increase in frequency. This is preset and is not cause for concern.
  • If you are not in your neighbourhood with the alarm rings, staff in the area where you are will take care of your safety.
  • As per Provincial Licensing Standards, we conduct fire drills monthly, are inspected annually by the Fire Marshal, and conduct a full evacuation exercise every 3 years.
  • Know the location of fire exits.
  • All door locks immediately release if the alarm is activated.


Northwood Bedford
123 Gary Martin Drive,
Bedford, NS B4B 0G7

Northwood Halifax
2615 Northwood Terrace, 
Halifax, NS B3K 3S5