Residential Fires - Injuries
Ontario Residential Fires: Injuries 2011 to 2015
This summary provides information on Ontario Residential fire injuries from 2011 to 2015.
Data Source: The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.
Residential Fires with Injuries
The following data covers fires that occurred in residential properties where a loss occurred -dollar loss or casualty.
In the five year period from 2006 to 2010, civilian injuries were reported in 5% of residential loss fires which means injuries occurred at a rate of 1 for every 20 fires.
For the five year period from 2011 to 2015, civilian injuries were reported in 7% of residential loss fires, meaning that injuries occur at a rate of 1 for every 14 fires.
Residential Civilian Fire Injuries
Residential loss fires: 5,400 in 2011 and 5,385 in 2015.
Civilian residential fire injuries: 455 in 2011 and 556 in 2015.
More civilian injuries occurred in 2015 than previous years.
Residential Civilian Fire Injuries: Ignition source
The number 1 ignition source involved in residential civilian fire injuries is Cooking equipment - 40% of the injuries were in cooking fires.
Fires ignited by cigarettes (10%) is the number 2 ignition source (cigarettes are the number one ignition source in fatal fires).
Electrical distribution equipment (5%) is the number 3 ignition source.
Heating equipment (4%), and Candles (4%) are the number 4 ignition source.
Appliances (3%), and Matches/Lighters (3%) are the number 5 ignition source.
Arson is the fire cause in 4% of injuries.
Civilian injuries reported: Ignition Source
Average number of fire injuries per year in Residential Properties
Excluding: arson and ignition source undetermined
Comparing the average number of civilian fire injuries by ignition source during the 5 year period 2006 to 2010 with the 5 year period 2011 to 2015 shows that fire injuries in fires ignited by cooking have increased.
Cooking equipment (2011 to 2015) - average of 199 fire injuries per year.
Cigarettes (2011 to 2015) - average of 51 fire injuries per year.
Candles (2011 to 2015) - average of 19 fire injuries per year
Open flame tools (not including lighters, matches) (2011 to 2015) - average of 12 fire injuries per year.
Electrical wiring (2011 to 2015) - average of 23 fire injuries per year.
Heating, cooling (2011 to 2015) - average of 17 fire injuries per year.
Residential Civilian Fire Injuries: Age
Over half (64%) of the fire incident injuries are aged 20 to 64 (20 to 39 - 29%, 40 to 64 - 35%).
Average # fire injuries per year in residential properties:-
- 0 to 9 years old - 19 injuries per year,
- 10 to 19 - 36,
- 20 to 39 - 145,
- 40 to 64 - 176,
- 65 to 79 - 55,
- Over 80 years old - 20 injuries per year.