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Increase in Fire Fatalities


Fire Chief Urges Residents to Keep Fire Safety Top of Mind

Since January 1, 2020 fire fatalities across Ontario increased by 65% compared to the same time last year, with 17 Ontarians dying in fires in March alone. Township of Zorra Fire Chief John McFarlan wants to remind everyone how important it is to keep fire safety top of mind.  

“I urge you to be vigilant in preventing fires in your home, especially now with so many people at home practicing physical distancing because of COVID-19,” said Fire Chief John McFarlan. “It’s just as important that you test your smoke alarms and practice your home fire escape plan.”

Between January 1 and May 4, 2019, there were 31 fire fatalities in Ontario. Over that same period this year, there have been 51 fire fatalities.

“Only you can make sure these types of tragedies do not happen in the Township of Zorra,” continued Fire Chief McFarlan. “You need to do everything you can to prevent a fire in your home.”

Read the full news release here.