TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - In August, 2007, three people died tragically
in a fire at a hunting and fishing camp in the County of Haliburton. In June
of 2008, two separate fires in trailer homes resulted in the deaths of four
people. There was no evidence of working smoke alarms in any of these fires.
The Ontario Fire Code requires every 'dwelling unit' in Ontario to have
working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. The term
'dwelling unit' includes seasonal homes such as park model trailers, cabins
and cottages and also includes trailer homes, motor homes and other
"To prevent further fire injuries and fatalities, anglers and hunters
should remember to pack a new smoke alarm and some extra smoke alarm
batteries," urges Pat Burke, Fire Marshal of Ontario. "Fire safety is not just
for homes, it's for cottages, cabins, seasonal hunt camps, RVs, trailers, and
mobile homes too. It's the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms in
In addition to working smoke alarms, anglers and hunters are encouraged
to thoroughly check and clean all heating appliances, (i.e., woodstoves,
propane heaters, kerosene heaters, naphtha stoves and lanterns) in their
cabins, camps, trailers and recreational vehicles before using them. Chimneys
also need to be inspected for any damage or obstructions prior to use and
cleaned if deposits of creosote are present. Other important safety tips for
anglers and hunters include:
- Bring a flashlight with extra batteries and a carbon monoxide alarm.
- Ensure standby and portable generators are properly maintained in
good working order
- Ensure combustibles are kept well away from heating appliances,
stoves and lanterns.
- Smoke outside and keep a large can with water nearby so smoking
materials can be safely discarded. Tobacco use and excessive alcohol
consumption are contributing factors in many fires and can lead to
serious injuries or death.
- Check with the local fire department, municipality, or the Ministry
of Natural Resources for any restrictions on burning before starting
campfires or burning brush.
Failure to comply with the applicable Fire Code smoke alarm requirements
can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $100,000. If you require
more information about smoke alarms or fire safety, please contact your local
fire department or the Office of the Fire Marshal, at (416) 325-3100.
Additional information is also available at the Office of the Fire Marshal
website at www.ofm.gov.on.ca.
For further information:
For further information: or to arrange an interview with the Fire
Marshal, contact: Gina Pontikas, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3138