2018 Christmas Parade of Lights!

The Mattawa Fire Department Santa Claus Parade is coming to town.

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

Starting at 6:00 pm

The parade will be leaving the Algonquin Nursing Home at approximately 6:00 pm on Saturday, November 24th, 2018 and will end up at Mike Rodden Arena.

We would love to see more Family and Friends get involved with Family floats. The more floats the bigger the smiles on the Children’s face. There will prizes awarded for the best-dressed floats. The top three floats will be awarded cash prizes. So get creative and join the fun.

Free skating & snacks at the arena from 7:00-9:00 pm. Santa will be there to hand out to the children.

November 4, Clocks Fall Back, Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries!

Clocks will fall back one hour at 2 am on November 4 and the Mattawa Fire Department is recommending that Mattawa residents install new batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they change their clocks.

In order for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their job, they need to have working batteries. Once a year, old batteries should be replaced with new batteries. When you change your clocks on November 4, the Mattawa Fire Department wants everyone to take the time to install new batteries in all alarms.

In order to survive a fire, you need to be provided with an early warning and know what to do when the smoke alarms sound. Working smoke alarms are required on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, it is recommended to also install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms.

Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.

Tampering with or removing the batteries from your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is against the law. Failure to comply with the Fire Code can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000.

For more information contact any of the following Mattawa Fire Department representatives:

OFM Public Education – November 2018


What’s the risk in November?

  • 8% of annual loss fires occur in November
  • Average of 37 injuries
  • Average of 7 fatalities

Top ignition sources:

  • cooking
  • heating equipment
  • cigarettes

2007-2016 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management


November’s Fire Safety Concerns

  • heating equipment
  • carbon monoxide
  • cooking

Prevention

Cooking Fire Safety
Heating Equipment
Smoking Fire Safety

It’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week: November 1-7, 2018
The Hawkins Gignac Act proclaims the week beginning on November 1 of each year as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. No matter which day of the week it is, November 1 is always the start of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.

Did you know that over 65% of carbon monoxide deaths occur in homes?

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries:

Clocks will fall back one hour at 2 am on Sunday, November 4. Change the batteries in your smoke and CO alarms when you change your clocks.

Autumn Fire Safety Tips
TSSA Autumn Watch Booklet
TSSA Autumn Checklist


Detection

Fire Safety Equipment


Escape

Plan Your Escape


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This Week is Fire Prevention Week : 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 – October 2018


What’s the risk in October?

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 October
  • Average of 38 injuries
  • Average of 5 fatalities

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

Cooking Fire Safety
Heating Equipment
Electrical Fire Safety

Primary fire safety concerns for October include heating equipment, carbon monoxide, and cooking.

Halloween Safety Tips
Autumn Fire Safety Tips
TSSA Autumn Watch Booklet
TSSA Autumn Checklist


Prevention

It’s Fire Prevention Week: October 7 – 13, 2018
“Look, Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”


Detection

Fire Safety Equipment


Escape

Plan Your Escape

Hunting Fire Safety Tips

Fall hunting season will soon be underway and hunters are taking up temporary residence. The Ontario Fire Code requires every dwelling unit in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. The term dwelling unit includes seasonal homes such as park model trailers, cabins and cottages. It also includes trailer homes, motor homes and other recreational vehicles.

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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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