2018 Fire Safety and Awareness Open House Great Success!

The third annual fire safety and awareness open house was held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at the Mattawa Fire Hall.

Many visitors attended the event and learned more about the numerous tasks that the firefighters and other agencies perform; they were able to inspect the fire equipment and learn about other community services. Fire prevention and safety information was distributed. Informative videos were running during the event. Interactive displays were available for the children. Draws were held for free t-shirts.

Representatives from the Papineau Cameron Fire Department and the Red Cross were present. Sparky, the department mascot, enthusiastically participated! And, of course, hot dogs were served by the Fire Chief!


Mattawa Fire Equipment
 
The Mattawa Fire Equipment was on display for the visitors.

Additionally, other rescue equipment was on display inside the fire hall.


Papineau Cameron Fire Equipment
 
The Papineau Cameron Fire Department was on site with their equipment. Given that there are no fire hydrants in the township that they service they require other means to get water to put out the fire. They had their tanker and pool onsite.


Red Cross
 
The Red Cross brought their emergency preparedness information and offered valuable insights into how to be more prepared should a natural disaster strike the area. We are all well aware these days how there just seems to be more occasions where violent weather strikes quickly.


Fire Safety House
 
The Fire Safety House was on loan from the North Bay Fire Department. The intent was to teach children about smoke alarms, means of escape, leaving their home to get to a safe meeting place if a fire should occur in their home, etc. The Mattawa Fire Department would like to thank the North Bay Fire Department for their support.
 


Mockup of a House on Fire
 
Firefighters Dexture Sarrazin and Mathew Gardiner designed and built the front face of a house with windows in which flames were installed on hinges to simulate a house on fire. They painted the house and firefighter Gary Larose used his artistic talents to paint the flames.

The kids were quite engaged and enjoyed trying to put the flames out with a real hose.
 


Sparky

Of course, Sparky, the department mascot, tried to steal the show! Do you know The Story of Sparky the Fire Dog ?
 
Everyone enjoyed having their photos taken with the famous Dalmatian.
 


Refreshments

Visitors and volunteers enjoyed coffee and Timbits courtesy of the Mattawa Tim Hortons.

Fire Chief Chad Belanger was the chef for the event. Hot dogs and drinks were served to visitors and volunteers.
 


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Fire Prevention Week is Just Around the Corner: October 7-13, 2018!

This year’s fire prevention week campaign,

Look. Listen. Learn.
Be Aware.
Fire can happen anywhere.

 
works to educate about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire and how to escape safely in the event of one. This theme aligns with the 3 principles of Prevention, Detection, and Escape.

LOOK for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them. That’s Prevention!

LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should meet. That’s Detection!

LEARN two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter. That’s Escape!

OFM Public Education – September 2018


What’s the risk in September?

2007-2016 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (injuries and fatalities are for civilians only):

  • 7% of annual loss fires occur in September
  • Average of 33 injuries
  • Average of 3 fatalities

Fire Safety
Top ignition sources include cigarettes, cooking equipment, and electrical distribution equipment.

Smoking Fire Safety
Cooking Fire Safety
Electrical Fire Safety

Primary fire safety concerns for September include student housing, farm fires, smoking, and electrical fires.

Parent’s Guide to Finding Fire-Safe Student Accommodation
Safe Student Accommodations 101
Reducing the Risk of Fire on Your Farm
Farm Safety Information Card


Detection

Fire Safety Equipment


Escape

Plan Your Escape

Fire Safety in Student Accommodations

College and university students will soon be heading to school and living on their own – in many cases for the first time. Fire safety is very important when renting rooms, apartments and other lodging.

Parent’s Guide to Finding Fire-Safe Student Accommodation

Safe Student Accommodations 101 – 10 tips for the student for a safe place to live.

Students, watch some of the videos at Knowfire.ca!

OFM Public Education – August 2018


What’s the risk in August?

2007-2016 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (injuries and fatalities are for civilians only):

  • 8% of annual loss fires occur in August
  • Average of 35 injuries
  • Average of 5 fatalities

Fire Safety
Top ignition sources include cigarettes, cooking equipment, and electrical distribution equipment.

Smoking Fire Safety
Cooking Fire Safety
Electrical Fire Safety

Primary fire safety concerns for August include barbecues, cottage fires, smoking, and electrical fires.

Barbecue Safety
Cottage Fire Safety Tips

Summer Fire Safety Tips:

TSSA Summer Smart Handbook
Fire Safety Tips During Power Outages


Detection

Fire Safety Equipment


Escape

Plan Your Escape

Sky Lanterns should not be launched during a FIRE BAN!

A sky lantern is a small hot air balloon made of paper, with an opening at the bottom where a small fire is suspended. A sky lantern may land when the flame is still alight, making it a fire hazard. It may also catch fire while still in the air and although the paper will burn quickly the flame source may remain lit until it hits the ground.

The Mattawa Fire Department would like to emphasize that this is an OPEN FLAME and as such sky lanterns should ABSOLUTELY NOT be launched while a FIRE BAN is in effect!

Your cooperation would be appreciated.
 
Let’s jointly protect our community and surrounding areas from fires!

OFM Public Education – July 2018


What’s the risk in July?

2007-2016 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (injuries and fatalities are for civilians only):

  • 9% of annual loss fires occur in July
  • Average of 32 injuries
  • Average of 4 fatalities

Fire Safety
Top ignition sources include cigarettes, cooking equipment, and electrical distribution equipment.

Smoking Fire Safety
Cooking Fire Safety
Electrical Fire Safety

Primary fire safety concerns for July include barbecues, cottage fires, and forest fires.

Barbecue Safety
Cottage Fire Safety Tips

People having outdoor fires must follow strict guidelines under the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario to ensure their fires are properly managed. For more information about current forest fire danger, forest fire activity across the province visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires

Spring/Summer Fire Safety Tips:

TSSA Summer Smart Handbook
TSSA Top Tips for a Safer Summer


Detection

Fire Safety Equipment


Escape

Plan Your Escape