February's Public Education

2/1/2024 12:00:00 PM)

 

February 2024


What’s the Risk in February?

  • 8% of annual loss fires occur in February
  • Average of 39 injuries
  • Average of 7 fatalities
  • Top ignition sources:
    • Cooking equipment
    • Heating equipment (#1 for fire with no loss/injury)
    • Electrical distribution equipment

*2011-2020 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal


February Fire Safety Concerns

  • Heating equipment
  • Cooking equipment
  • Electrical distribution equipment
  • Carbon monoxide

Fireworks Safety:

In Ontario between 2009 and 2018, there was an average of approximately 20 fires per year caused by fireworks, resulting in an average of approximately $640,000 in property loss per year. Sparklers burn at 649oC (1200oF), hot enough to cause serious burns.

 

Home Safety Visits:

International research shows that home safety visits to educate about how to prevent fires and install smoke alarms are proven to be one of the most effective strategies to reduce fire risk. Plan now for post-pandemic home safety visits

 

Open Air Burning: 

Raise public awareness of the local rules and restrictions associated with open air burning.