St. Victor’s school students visit Mattawa fire hall

St. Victor’s school students visited the Mattawa fire hall on Friday, June 23rd, 2017. The children and adult supervisors were greeted by Deputy Fire Chief Paul Dupras.

The children immediately asked whether the department had a dog! Goes to show how Sparky makes an impression. They also wondered where all the other firefighters were. It was explained to them that the firefighters are volunteers and have other jobs. There were many questions about the gear that the firefighters wear, why are the helmets different colours, questions about the man down alarms, the flashlights on the helmets, etc. Very inquisitive minds!

The kids were very excited when Fire Chief Chad Belanger arrived as now the boss was there!

In spite of the the children were able to see the gear that the firefighters wear, get into the fire trucks, tour the back of the rescue van, and see the ice water rescue equipment while nice and dry inside the fire hall.

A great time was had by all! Everyone left smiling wearing their very own fire hat!

Public school students visit the Mattawa fire hall

Mattawa District Public School jk and sk students visited the Mattawa fire hall on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017. The excited children could be heard as they walked down McConnell St. towards the fire hall. As they spotted the fire trucks that were parked outside the fire hall with all their lights flashing…

WOW those are real fire trucks!

 
The children and adult supervisors were greeted by Deputy Fire Chief Paul Dupras and firefighters Caleb Jodouin and Ernie Lamirante.



There were many questions about the gear that the firefighters wear, the ice water rescue equipment, and the fire trucks. Some of the children were eager to share stories where they had experienced some type of event related to fire.



But most of all they all wanted to get into the fire trucks, pretend to drive, blow the horns!



It certainly looked like they enjoyed their visit! Everyone left smiling wearing their very own fire hat!


OFM Public Education – August 2017


What’s the risk in August?
2006-2015 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management:

  • 8% of annual loss fires occur in August
  • Average of 34 injuries
  • Average of 5 fatalities
  • Top ignition sources include electrical distribution equipment, cooking equipment, and cigarettes.

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


Barbecue Safety
TSSA Tips for the Safe Use of Barbecues…


Smoking Safety
Smoking Fire Safety Info Sheet…


Cottage Safety
Cottage Fire Safety Tips…


Fireworks Safety
Fireworks Safety Tips…


Summer Fire Safety Tips
TSSA Top Tips for a Safer Summer
TSSA Summer Smart Handbook
TSSA Fuel Safety in Recreational Activities


Safe Student Accommodations
College and university students will soon be heading to school and living on their own – in many cases for the first time. Knowfire.ca has resources and information about fire safety for college and university students.
Safe Student Accommodations Info Sheet…


Detection
Smoke Alarm Info Sheet
Smoke Alarm Information
Smoke Alarms in RVs, Trailers and Campers
Carbon Monoxide Information
CO Alarms in RVs, Trailers and Campers


Escape
Escape Planning Info Sheet
Home Fire Escape Planning Tips
Plan Your Escape Info Card
High-rise fire safety


OFM Public Education – July 2017


What’s the risk in July?
2006-2015 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management:

  • 8% of annual loss fires occur in July
  • Average of 27 injuries
  • Average of 4 fatalities
  • Top ignition sources include electrical distribution equipment, cooking equipment, and cigarettes.

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


Barbecue Safety
TSSA Tips for the Safe Use of Barbecues…


Smoking Safety
Smoking Fire Safety Info Sheet…


Cottage Safety
Cottage Fire Safety Tips…


Forest Fires
People having outdoor fires must follow strict guidelines under the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario to ensure that their fires are properly managed.

Forest Fires Safety Information…

For more information about current forest fire danger and forest fire activity across the province visit Forest Fires.


Fireworks Safety
Fireworks Safety Tips…


Summer Fire Safety Tips
TSSA Top Tips for a Safer Summer
TSSA Summer Smart Handbook


Detection
Smoke Alarm Info Sheet
Smoke Alarm Information
Carbon Monoxide Information


Escape
Escape Planning Info Sheet
Home Fire Escape Planning Tips
Plan Your Escape Info Card


OFM Public Education – June 2017


What’s the risk in June?
2006-2015 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management:

  • 8% of annual loss fires occur in June
  • Average of 27 injuries
  • Average of 4 fatalities
  • Top ignition sources include electrical distribution equipment, cooking equipment, and cigarettes.

Fire Safety
Primary fire safety concerns for June include barbecues, cottage fires, and forest.


June is Seniors’ Month !!
Personal support workers in Mattawa can use this resource to help ensure that their clients’ homes are fire safe.


Barbecue Safety
TSSA Tips for the Safe Use of Barbecues…


Smoking Safety
Smoking Fire Safety Info Sheet…


Cottage Safety
Cottage Fire Safety Tips…


Electrical Safety
Electrical Safety Tips…
Electrical Safety Info Sheet…


Open Air Burning
Town of Mattawa Open Air Burning Rules


Forest Fires
People having outdoor fires must follow strict guidelines under the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario to ensure that their fires are properly managed.

Forest Fires Safety Information…

For more information about current forest fire danger and forest fire activity across the province visit Forest Fires.


Spring/Summer Fire Safety Tips
OAFC Spring and Summer Fire Safety Tips
TSSA Top Tips for a Safer Summer
TSSA Summer Smart Handbook


Detection
Smoke Alarm Info Sheet
Smoke Alarm Information
Carbon Monoxide Information


Escape
Escape Planning Info Sheet
Home Fire Escape Planning Tips
Plan Your Escape Info Card


OFM Public Education – May 2017


What’s the risk in May?
2006-2015 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management:

  • 10% of annual loss fires occur in May
  • Average of 39 injuries
  • Average of 6 fatalities
  • Top ignition sources include electrical distribution equipment, cooking equipment, and cigarettes.

Fire Safety
Primary fire safety concerns for May include barbecues, smoking, cottage fires, electrical fires, and fireworks. Resources have been identified later in this news item.


Barbecue Safety
TSSA Tips for the Safe Use of Barbecues…


Smoking Safety
Smoking Fire Safety Info Sheet…


Cottage Safety
Cottage Fire Safety Tips…


Fireworks Safety
Fireworks Safety Tips…


Electrical Safety
Electrical Safety Tips…
Electrical Safety Info Sheet…


Spring Fire Safety Tips
OAFC Spring and Summer Fire Safety Tips
TSSA Spring Safe Handbook
TSSA Spring Home Safety Checklist


Detection
Smoke Alarm Info Sheet
Smoke Alarm Information
Carbon Monoxide Information


Escape
Escape Planning Info Sheet
Home Fire Escape Planning Tips
Plan Your Escape Info Card


OFM Public Education – April 2017


What’s the risk in April?
2006-2015 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management:

  • 9% of annual loss fires occur in April
  • Average of 42 injuries
  • Average of 6 fatalities
  • Top ignition sources include heating equipment, cooking equipment, and cigarettes.

Fire Safety
Primary fire safety concerns for April include cooking, smoking, heating equipment. Resources have been identified later in this news item.


Heating Safety
Heating Fire Safety Info Sheet…


Cooking Safety
Cooking Fire Safety Info Sheet…


Smoking Safety
Smoking Fire Safety Info Sheet…


Spring Fire Safety Tips
OAFC Spring and Summer Fire Safety Tips
TSSA Spring Safe Handbook
TSSA Spring Home Safety Checklist


Detection
Smoke Alarm Info Sheet
Smoke Alarm Information
Carbon Monoxide Information


Escape
Escape Planning Info Sheet
Home Fire Escape Planning Tips
Plan Your Escape Info Card


No Smoke Alarms Found in Recent Fatal Fire

The investigation by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management into the fatal fire in Brampton, on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, revealed that there were no smoke alarms present in the residence.

The Mattawa Fire Department is urging the public to make sure that they have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas, and have practiced a home fire escape plan with everyone in their home.

Early detection and warning of a fire in your home is crucial to your survival. The Ontario Fire Code requires working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, our fire department is recommending that you also install a smoke alarm in every bedroom. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms. It is against the law for anyone to remove the batteries or tamper with an alarm in any way.

Just as important as having working smoke alarms is making sure everyone in your home knows exactly what to do to escape BEFORE a fire occurs. It is up to you to make sure these types of tragedies do not happen in Mattawa.

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can save your life:

  • Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. For added protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of your home according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out over time. Replace alarms according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

Give your family a fighting chance with a home fire escape plan:

  • Everyone should know two ways out of each room, if possible.
  • All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use.
  • If someone in your home has a disability, develop an escape plan with your household that takes into account their unique needs. Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape.
  • Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for.
  • Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or neighbour’s home.
  • Practice your home fire escape plan.
  • Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.

If you live in apartment building and you need help to escape:

  • Make sure you tell the superintendent or landlord if you need assistance.
  • Make sure your name is added to the persons who require assistance list in the fire safety plan, so the fire department knows which apartment you are in.
  • Know the emergency procedures outlined in the building’s fire safety plan.

If you are a landlord:

  • It is your responsibility to ensure your rental properties have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in compliance with the law.

If you are a tenant of a rental property:

  • Contact your landlord immediately, if your rental property does not have the required number of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.