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Another needless fatal fire where smoke alarms may have made a difference. A fire on December 1, 2011 in Orillia claimed the life a a man in a home. Orillia fire prevention officer Ken Corriveau said it was later learned that the smoke alarm in the dwelling had been disabled.
“It’s really disheartening as a fire prevention officer – when I spend a good part of my time singing the praises and preaching to people about the importance of having working smoke alarms – to still hear that people are dying in fires because smoke alarms are disabled or not in place.”

Ontario Fire facts

•  From 2006 to 2010, there were more than 67,000 fires in Ontario.
•  44 per cent of those fires were residential fires.
•  There were 2,850 fires and 79 fire fatalities in Ontario in 2010.
•  The six leading causes of house fires are: cigarettes and careless smoking; cooking; matches and lighters; candles; electrical equipment; and faulty heating equipment.




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