Mattawa Fire Department Training

Crews attended the former nursing home to complete roof ops and vertical ventilation training on Oct. 28 2020.

Crews learned how to properly navigate roof structures, how to complete inspection cuts, trench cuts, flat roof ventilation, and sloped roof ventilation openings. Crews also learned how to properly deal with commercial building roof system intricacies.

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November 1, Clocks Fall Back, Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries!

Clocks will fall back one hour at 2 am on November 1 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.

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 2020


What’s the risk this month?

  • 8% of annual loss fires occur
  • Average of 38 injuries
  • Average of 7 fatalities

Top ignition sources:

  • cooking
  • heating equipment
  • cigarettes

*2009-2018 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

Prevention

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is November 1-7, 2020

Heating Fire Safety
Cooking Fire Safety
Smoking Fire Safety

Fall Fire Safety Tips:

TSSA Autumn Cleanup Checklist
TSSA Autumn Watch Booklet

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

Clocks will fall back one hour at 2 am on November 1. Remember to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alams.


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Keep fire safety in mind as temperatures drop!

Mattawa Fire Department is urging everyone to keep fire safety in mind as the temperatures turn colder.  

We often see more home fires during the winter months due to heating equipment and appliances. People need to pay close attention to potential fire hazards such as fireplaces, furnaces, chimneys and vents, and space heaters.” 

There are some simple things people can do to stay fire safe during the colder months: 

  • Have all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually by a registered fuel contractor. Go to heating.tssa.org to find a contractor near you.
  • Keep chimneys and intake/exhaust vents for furnaces and heating appliances free of debris, ice and snow accumulations to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) build-up from inefficient combustion.
  • Burn dry, well-seasoned wood in fireplaces and woodstoves to reduce the risk of excessive creosote build-up in chimneys.
  • Allow ashes from your fireplace or woodstove to cool before emptying them into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Keep the container outside.
  • Keep space heaters at least one metre (3 feet) away from anything that can burn, including curtains, upholstery and clothing.
  • Replace worn or damaged electrical wires and connections on vehicles and extension cords and use the proper gauge extension cord for vehicle block heaters.
  • Consider using approved timers for vehicle block heaters rather than leaving heaters on all night.
  • Ensure that vehicles are not left running inside any garage or building.
  • Ensure there is a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home.
  • Install CO alarms to alert you to the presence of this deadly gas.

Mattawa Fire Department reminds everyone that the Ontario Fire Code requires smoke alarms to be installed on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide alarms are required outside all sleeping areas if the home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage. For more information about smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, or fire safety, contact Mattawa Fire Department.

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