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 Fires with Injuries


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


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.

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 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.

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


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.

Residential Civilian Fire Injuries: Age