Understanding the top causes of residential structure fires in each ward is an essential component in learning how to prevent those fires from occurring.
Story behind the numbers
To reduce the number of residential structure fires, it is important to understand what the top 2 causes are so that fire prevention activities and public education activities can be structured around this information.
Citizens continue to be injured or killed in fires that are clearly preventable. Educating residents on the causes of residential fires can contribute to a change in behaviours, a reduction in residential fires and associated injuries and deaths.
2016 Residential Structure Fires - Top 2 causes by Ward
Undetermined - It is not always possible to pinpoint an exact cause of every structure fire due to severe fire damage or where there are several potential ignition sources.
|Ward||Cause 1||Cause 2|
|1||Unattended Cooking||Careless Smoking|
|2||Careless Smoking||Electrical/ Mechanical|
|3||Unattended Cooking||Careless Smoking|
|4||Unattended Cooking||Careless Smoking|
|5||Unattended Cooking||Electrical/ Mechanical|
|7||Careless Smoking||Electrical/ Mechanical|
|10||Careless Smoking||Unattended Cooking|
Source: Hamilton Fire Department, extracted February, 2018
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