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OFFICE OF THE FIRE MARSHAL BULLETIN - SEPTEMBER 2018

 

 

Public Education Opportunities and Resources for SEPT 2018

Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management  

 

 

Make Your Plan

 

The following opportunities and resources can be included in your public fire safety education plans for September to support education efforts in your communities. A public education planning and tracking template is available to plan and track your activities for every month of the year. To download the template, click on the download arrow in the top right corner here.

 

What’s the risk in Sept?

 

§  7% of annual loss fires occur in September

 

§  Average of 33 injuries

 

§  Average of 3 fatalities

 

§  Top ignition sources:

§  Cooking

§  Cigarettes

§  Electrical distribution equipment

 

*2007-2016 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (injuries and fatalities above are for civilians only)

 

 

September’s Fire Safety Concerns

 

§  Student Housing

 

§  Electrical Fires

 

§  Farm Fires

 

§  Smoking

 

 

 

 

 

Educational Opportunities

 

 

Prevention:

 

Smoking Safety:

 

to raise public awareness of smoking safety

§  Share home oxygen information sheets with community partners such as medical oxygen distributors, personal support workers, community health centres or doctors’ offices in your community fire safety and the use of medical oxygen

 

September Means Fall Fairs!

 

§  Consider contacting Electrical Safety Authority about partnering to deliver presentations at Fall Fairs about electrical safety on the farm and in the home

 

§  Fall Fairs also are an opportunity to deliver presentations and distribute information about farm and barn fire safety. Information and resources about farm and barn safety are available at the links below

 

§  Check with Fall Fair organizers about opportunities to deliver presentations on cooking safety at cooking or baking exhibits.  The What’s Cooking for Teens! lesson/presentationcan be adapted for the appropriate audience.

 

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. Now is the time to remind them about fire safety when they are renting rooms, apartments and other lodging

 

  • Contact colleges, universities and student groups and ask if you can say a few words about fire safety to students during frosh week activities, or get fire safety information into student orientation packages and websites

§   Tweet and post links to these fire safety tips for students and their parents

 

 

 

  • Knowfire.ca has more resources and information about fire safety for college and university students

 

Tweet/Post Links to:

§  Cooking Fire Safety Info Sheet

§  Electrical Fire Safety Info Sheetelectrical safety tips

§  OMAFRA’s farm safety tips and guidebook, the OFMEM’s farm safety information card, farm fire safety information and resources from Perth East Fire Department and theOFMEM communique on farm fire safety

§  Smoking Fire Safety Info Sheet

§  Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Info Sheets

§  Send tweets on Smoke AlarmsCarbon MonoxideCookingElectrical Safety andSmoking Fire Safety

 

Finalize your Fire Prevention Week Events and Activities - October 7 - 13, 2018!

 

  • NFPA’s theme this year is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.

 

  • Electronic versions of English Fire Prevention Week logos and web banners can be downloaded from NFPA’s website here. Fire departments are encouraged to post them on fire department and municipal websites and on social media channels to promote this year’s theme. NFPA is developing French versions that will be available in the coming weeks.

 

  • Don’t wait…go to the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council website atwww.firesafetycouncil.com to order your 2018 Fire Prevention Week Kits today.  Shipping begins in August.

§  Stay tuned for Fire Prevention Week resources coming soon to the OFMEM website!

 

Coffee with a Firefighter

 

  • The first-ever province-wide “Coffee with a Firefighter” day will be held during Fire Prevention Week on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 10am to noon at local McDonald’s restaurants. Fire departments that have registered to participate in this event are reminded that they should contact their local McDonald’s to finalize logistics for the event.

 

 

 

Detection:

 

Tweet/Post links to:

 

§  Smoke Alarm Info Sheet

§  Carbon monoxide information sheet

§  Smoke alarm social media cards and videos

§  Smoke and CO alarm tweets

 

Send print PSAs to local newspapers to raise public awareness of:

§  Smoke alarms

§  Smoke alarms in RVs, Trailers and Campers

§  CO alarms in RVs, Trailers and Campers

 

 

 

Escape:

 

To Stay or Go! High-rise Fire Safety

§  Tweet/post links to information about high-rise fire safety

 

Home Fire Escape Planning:

§  Tweet/post links to:

·         Information and tips

·         Escape planning information sheet

·         Plan Your Escape Info Card

·         Social media card

·         Tweets

 

§  Send a home fire escape planning print PSA to local newspapers.

 

 

 

Stay Connected

 

 

 

ofm.pubed@ontario.ca

www.ontario.ca/firemarshal

 

Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management © 2018

 

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