Residential Fires - Injuries

Ontario Residential Fires: Injuries 2012 to 2016

This summary provides information on Ontario Residential fire injuries from 2012 to 2016.

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 2007 to 2011, civilian injuries were reported in 6% of residential loss fires which means injuries occurred at a rate of one for every 16 fires. 

For the five year period from 2012 to 2016, civilian injuries were reported in 8% of residential loss fires, meaning that injuries occur at a rate of one for every 12 fires.

Residential Fires with Injuries


Residential Civilian Fire Injuries

Residential loss fires: 5,440 in 2012 and 5,243 in 2016.
Civilian residential fire injuries: 512 in 2012 and 465 in 2016.

Residential Civilian Fire Injuries


Residential Civilian Fire Injuries: Ignition source

The number one 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 two ignition source (cigarettes are the number one ignition source in fatal fires).

Electrical distribution equipment (5%) is the number three ignition source

Heating equipment (4%), and candles (4%) are the number four ignition source.

Appliances (3%), and matches/lighters (3%) are the number five ignition source.

Arson is the fire cause in 5% of injuries.

Residential Civilian Fire Injuries: Ignition source


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 2007 to 2011 with the 5 year period 2012 to 2016 shows that fire injuries in fires ignited by cooking have increased.

Cooking equipment (2012 to 2016) - average of 201 fire injuries per year.

Cigarettes (2012 to 2016) - average of 49 fire injuries per year.

Candles (2012 to 2016) - average of 19 fire injuries per year

Open flame tools (not including lighters, matches) (2012 to 2016) - average of 12 fire injuries per year.

Electrical wiring (2012 to 2016) - average of 23 fire injuries per year.

Heating, cooling (2012 to 2016) - average of 18 fire injuries per year.

Civilian injuries reported:  Ignition Source  Average number of fire injuries per year in Residential Properties


Residential Civilian Fire Injuries: Age

Over half (63%) of the residential fire incident civilian injuries are aged 20 to 64 (ages 20 to 39 - 28%;  ages 40 to 64 - 35%).

Average # civilian fire injuries per year in residential properties:-

  • 0 to 9 years old – 17 fire injuries per year,
  • 10 to 19 –  34,
  • 20 to 39 –  143,
  • 40 to 64 –  178,
  • 65 to 79 –    58,
  • over 80 years old – 21,
  • Unknown age – 54 fire injuries per year.

Residential Civilian Fire Injuries: Age