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​DID YOU KNOW?

A monthly feature from MFD's Prevention Officer that highlights safety tips and reminders about common causes of fires and hazards in the home and community.  Did you know?  If not, find out here.

August 2017 - DID YOU KNOW?

Roughly six out of seven fires in college and university dormitories are started by cooking. 


Most are due to a general lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention. 


  • Only cook where permitted and never leave the area while cooking.
  • Never cook after consuming alcohol.  Alcohol often impairs judgment and hampers evacuation efforts.
  • Actively participate in fire drills.
  • Ask to see, read, and understand your building's fire safety Plan.
  • Take every alarm seriously. Never assume it is just another false alarm!
  • Make sure that you know two ways to escape in the event of a fire.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets; make sure extension cords are used properly.
  • If you live in an apartment or house, make sure smoke alarms are installed in each sleeping room, outside every sleeping area, and on each level of the apartment unit or house.

In case you missed one, here's an archive of past "Did You Know" reminders.

JULY 2017 - Water Safety

JUNE 2017 - Seniors At Greatest Risk of Fire-Related Death

MAY 2017 - Handing, Transporting, and Storing Gasoline

APRIL  2017 - Spring BBQ Tune Up

MARCH 2017 - Cooking Is The #1 Cause of Home Fires

FEBRUARY 2017 - No Ice Is Safe Ice

NOVEMBER 2016 - Carbon Monoxide detectors are mandatory in Ontario

OCTOBER 2016 - Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors Wear Out

SEPTEMBER 2016 - Clothes Dryer Safety

AUGUST 2016 #2 - Dormitory Safety

AUGUST 2016 #1 - Lightning

JULY 2016 - Summer Property CO & Smoke Alarms

JUNE 2016 - BBQ-Grilling Safety

MAY 2016 - ​Portable Generators

APRIL 2016 - Fire Permit Reminder

MARCH 2016 - Change The Clocks Change The Batteries

FEBRUARY 2016 - Fire Permits