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How To Find What You Need On NFPA’s Updated Website

Our workshop series in partnership with the OAFE and NFPA continues. This month join NFPA regional director Laura King to learn about new materials to help your department keep up with evolving technology, updated messaging, and how to find what you need on NFPA’s updated website (without losing your mind!). Tip sheets on lithium-ion batteries

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2024 Symposium – Hold the Date

After our very successful Symposiums in London, we did not have a department or chapter volunteer to host the 2024 Symposium. Your executive team has been working hard to ensure the Symposium would go on. We have now secured a venue. The 2024 Symposium will be held in Richmond Hill, at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto

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Holiday Safety with Laura King

Here is the link for the combined OAFE/OMFPOA workshop with NFPA’s Laura King tomorrow:–grjkpHtTooEpKqni5O6cyuBX8zWPz

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Please see the following release from the OMFEM.

Public Education Matters 

Enhancing Fire Safety Education and Prevention in Your Community

Issue 192, May 5, 2020

Number of Ontario Fire Fatalities Increases by 65%
Over the Same Time Last Year

Dear Fire Chief, Public Educator, Fire Prevention Officer:

Between January 1 and May 4, 2019 there were 31 fire fatalities in Ontario. Over that same period in 2020, there have been 51 fire fatalities, an increase of 65%.

With so many Ontarians now at home because of physical distancing measures due to COVID-19, it is especially important to stress to the public the importance of preventing fires in the home, testing smoke alarms and practicing home fire escape plans.

In support of local public fire safety education efforts by fire departments, the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) has developed the attached news release template that can be customized and sent to local media to help urge the public to be vigilant about fire safety. The Fire Marshal has sent a similar news release to media across Ontario.

Also, a broad variety of public fire safety education resources are available on the OFM website (French) to assist in your local public education initiatives. These include:

  • Tweets (French) on a variety of fire safety issues;
  • Social media cards (French) and videos (French);
  • Home fire escape plans video (French);
  • News release templates (French);
  • Information sheets (French);
  • Public service announcements (French).Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have also brought other new concerns and challenges. One such concern is the suggestion that face masks can be decontaminated or sterilized for re-use by heating them in a microwave oven. This practice is a potential fire hazard and should be discouraged. The attached news release template includes a recommendation against this unsafe practice. People should follow the advice and recommendations of medical and health professionals when it comes to the use, care and maintenance of personal protective equipment (PPE).