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To safeguard both persons and property from fire and life safety hazards through education, investigation, emergency response and code application.

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Welcome to the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC). The OFC is a diverse organization that plays a strong role in public safety and education. We are responsible for fire and building safety, emergency response, determining cause and origin of fires, and various types of technical equipment safety such as elevators, boilers and pressure vessels, and gas burning devices throughout the Province of Manitoba.

There are some simple things people can do to stay safe while temperatures remain cool: 

  • Have all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually by a qualified person.
  • Keep chimneys and intake/exhaust vents for furnaces and heating appliances free of debris, ice and snow accumulations to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) build-up from inefficient combustion.
  • Burn dry, well-seasoned wood in fireplaces and woodstoves to reduce the risk of excessive creosote build-up in chimneys.
  • Allow ashes from your fireplace or woodstove to cool before emptying them into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Keep the container outside.
  • Keep space heaters at least one meter (3 feet) away from anything that can burn, including curtains, upholstery and clothing.
  • Replace worn or damaged electrical wires and connections on vehicles and extension cords and use the proper gauge extension cord for vehicle block heaters.
  • Consider using approved timers for vehicle block heaters rather than leaving heaters on all night.
  • Ensure that vehicles are not left running inside any garage or building.
  • Install smoke alarm and CO on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home.
  • Install CO alarms to alert you to the presence of this deadly gas.

For more tips, videos and other important safety messages vist:

NFPA's Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

Manitoba Hydro Carbon Monoxide

You can find more information about smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements by contacting the Office of the Fire Commissioner or your local fire department.

Make fire and life safety a part of your every day routine.