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Does Your Toronto Area Property Have a Hoarder Tenant? What You Need to Know.

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Fri, Apr 08, 2016 @ 11:52 AM

Hoarding is a threat to fire safety in Greater Toronto Area Properties.


Hoarding is not a new phenomenon. However, it has become better known in recent years due to the popularity of reality tv shows about hoarding and its recent inclusion in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of physiological disorders. Before 2013, hoarding symptoms had been lumped in with obsessive-compulsive disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, or anxiety disorder. Hoarding symptoms have also been associated with depression, post-traumatic stress, and dementia. It is more common among the elderly, but studies have shown hoarding impacts people across ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic lines. An estimated three to five percent of the population suffers from hoarding disorder (Tompkins, 2011).

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Tags: Fire Safety Risks, Property Owners

How Counterfeit Fire Safety Devices Threaten Your Safety

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Tue, Nov 03, 2015 @ 06:30 AM

Nothing is more dangerous than falsely believing you are protected in the event of fire. It’s a challenge for many to adopt adequate fire safety measures in the first place, so when someone does so in good faith  is disturbing indeed. We’ve previously addressed the threat of recalled fire safety devices and phony fire safety scams. Now we are tackling counterfeit fire safety devices. 

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8 Examples of Fire Safety Stupidity That Should Never Be Repeated

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @ 10:33 AM

Here’s a round-up of some of the most stupid ways to start fires. Each one of these is more unbelievable than the one before.

1. Fire Pump Spider Guy

A few weeks ago, a man in Detroit, Michigan lit a gas pump on fire with his lighter after seeing a spider. A quick-thinking gas station clerk shut off the pump, averting an explosion. The arachnophobe eventually doused the flames with an extinguisher. We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. Watch the video to see the whole thing go down. (Via

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10 Fire Safety Tips for College Students

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 06:30 AM

September is Campus Fire Safety Month, which we've already blogged about here. Before the month ends, we're doing one more post devoted to fire safety for college students living on or off-campus.

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Campus Fire Safety Month: The Five Most-Shared Posts

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 @ 12:04 PM

September is Campus Fire Safety Month. During the month of September, we can expect to see the most useful and informative resources for campus fire safety published and shared on social media.

To advance the cause of fire safety on campus, we're sharing five of the most popular campus fire safety blog posts, as measured by social sharing. Not surprisingly, the list is dominated by resources from The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the most widely-recognized authority on fire safety in North America.


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Useful Fire Safety Infographics That Can Improve Your Preparedness

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 @ 06:30 AM

Why Do We Care About Infographics?

Because fire safety is about dense technical details and legal compliance, it's challenging to break it down into manageable bites of information, and infographics are a great tool for doing that.

Obviously you can't put everything into an infographic, but they can provide a summary of important points which allow you to understand something enough so that you will be motivated to:

a) seek additional information
b) take an action (such as replacing smoke alarm batteries or following outlined steps), and/or
c) contact a fire safety professional if necessary for confirmation that your preparedness is what it should be
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8 Resources That Will Make You Better at Fire Safety in the GTA

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Here are eight user-friendly resources to improve your fire safety. We scoured the internet for some of the most useful, practical and easy-to-digest fire safety content. Since we are in the Greater Toronto Area, some of the information is specific to Toronto or Ontario, but much of it will be helpful no matter where you are located.

This list is oriented towards fire safety for businesses, municipal buildings, multi-unit properties and facility management providers in Greater Toronto. 

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Six Things to Know About Fire Safety in Greater Toronto

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Thu, May 28, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

There have been a few attention-worthy developments for fire safety in Greater Toronto over the past year, and if you don't follow fire safety as closely as we do here at Rohen Fire, you may have missed them.

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Tags: Fire Safety Risks, Fire Safety Compliance

Manufacturing Facilities: How to Maximize Fire Safety & Minimize Loss

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 @ 06:30 AM

An exploration of solutions for fire suppression, damage control, and safety at your Toronto-area industrial or manufacturing facility.

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Tags: Fire Protection Equipment, Fire Safety Risks, Business Owners

13 Potential Fire Hazards In Your Toronto-Area Medical Facility

Posted by Wesley Jasper on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

In a hospital or healthcare environment─ including nursing homes─ the potential safety risks cast a wide net; everything from violence to infectious disease control. Fire safety is just one of the risks that medical facilities need to be ready for.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2006 and 2010, there were 6,240 fires on healthcare properties, almost 25% of which were in hospitals or hospices. Those fires resulted in six civilian deaths, 171 civilian injuries, and $52.1 million in direct property damage. Here in Toronto, Ontario, fires in healthcare facilities regularly make the news, most often related to nursing homes, but also sometimes for hospitals.

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