Ministry of the
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Residential Fires - Injuries

Ontario Residential Fires: Injuries 2013 to 2017

This summary provides information on Ontario Residential fire injuries from 2013 to 2017.

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 2008 to 2012, civilian injuries were reported in 6% of residential loss fires which means injuries occurred at a rate of 1 for every 13 fires.

For the five year period from 2013 to 2017, civilian injuries were reported in 7% of residential loss fires, meaning that injuries occur at a rate of 1 for every 11 fires.

Residential Fires with Injuries



 

 

Residential Civilian Fire Injuries

Residential loss fires: 5,268 in 2013 and 4,806 in 2017.

Civilian residential fire injuries: 487 in 2013 and 456 in 2017.

Residential Civilian Fire Injuries


Residential Civilian Fire Injuries: Ignition source

The number 1 ignition source involved in residential civilian fire injuries is Cooking equipment - 39% of the injuries were in cooking fires.

Fires ignited by Cigarettes (11%) 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 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 2008 to 2012 with the 5 year period 2013 to 2017 shows that fire injuries in fires ignited by cooking have increased.

Cooking equipment (2013 to 2017) - average of 193 fire injuries per year.

Cigarettes (2013 to 2017) - average of 53 fire injuries per year.

Candles (2013 to 2017) - average of 17 fire injuries per year

Open flame tools (not including lighters, matches) (2013 to 2017) - average of 11 fire injuries per year.

Electrical wiring (2013 to 2017) - average of 24 fire injuries per year.

Heating, cooling (2013 to 2017) - average of 16 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 residential fire incident civilian injuries are aged 20 to 64 (ages 20 to 39 - 29%; ages 40 to 64 - 35%).

Average # civilian fire injuries per year in residential properties:

  • 0 to 9 years old - 14 fire injuries per year,
  • 10 to 19 - 32,
  • 20 to 39 - 142,
  • 40 to 64 - 172,
  • 65 to 79 - 60,
  • over 80 years old - 19,
  • Unknown age – 54 fire injuries per year.

Residential Civilian Fire Injuries: Age