OFM Public Education – December 2019

What’s the risk this month?

  • 8% of annual loss fires occur
  • Average of 45 injuries
  • Average of 9 fatalities

Top ignition sources:

  • cooking equipment
  • electrical distribution equipment
  • heating equipment

*2008-2017 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (injuries and fatalities above are for civilians only)

Fire Safety Concerns for this Month

  • heating equipment
  • cooking
  • smoking
  • alcohol
  • electrical
  • holiday lighting
  • candles


Smoking Fire Safety
Electrical Fire Safety
Heating Fire Safety
Cooking Fire Safety
Holiday Fire Safety Info Sheet
‘TIS the Season to be Fire Safe


Fire Safety Equipment


Plan Your Escape

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November 3, Clocks Fall Back, Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries!

Clocks will fall back one hour at 2 am on November 3 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 3, 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: