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 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: 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.
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.
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.