OFM Public Education – March 2017

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.

Fire Safety
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.

Fire Prevention

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.

Escape Planning Info Sheet…

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.

Carbon Monoxide Info Sheet…
Smoke Alarm Info Sheet…

Daylight Saving Time starts March 12!

Change your clocks, change your batteries in your smoke and CO alarms.

Heating Safety
Heating Fire Safety Info Sheet…

Cooking Safety
Cooking Fire Safety Info Sheet…

Electrical Safety
Electrical Fire Safety Info Sheet…

Carbon Monoxide
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

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

Smoke Alarm Info Sheet
Smoke Alarm Information

Escape Planning Information Sheet
Home Fire Escape Planning Tips