What’s the risk in March?
2006-2015 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management:
- 9% of annual loss fires occur in March
- Average of 49 injuries
- Average of 10 fire fatalities
- Top ignition sources include heating equipment (especially woodstoves and chimneys), cooking equipment, and electrical distribution equipment.
Primary fire safety concerns for March include heating equipment, cooking, electrical distribution equipment, and carbon monoxide. Resources have been identified later in this news item.
March 13-17 is March Break!
Having a “staycation” this March Break? Develop your home fire escape plan and practice it with the entire family. If smoke alarms sounded during March Break, would everyone know what to do and where to go? Practice your home fire escape plan.
Traveling over March Break? Review the escape plan posted in your hotel/motel room and locate emergency exits.
Back home from March Break vacation? Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure that they are working.
Daylight Saving Time starts March 12!
Change your clocks, change your batteries in your smoke and CO alarms.
Heating Fire Safety Info Sheet…
Cooking Fire Safety Info Sheet…
Electrical Fire Safety Info Sheet…
What is carbon monoxide?
How to prevent carbon monoxide
Carbon monoxide alarm installation requirements
Carbon monoxide alarm tips
Carbon monoxide alarm questions and answers
Carbon monoxide information sheet
Carbon monoxide prevention and safety information
TSSA CO Safety
TSSA Furnace Sticker
TSSA Inspection Tip Sheet