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Sep 21st, 2019

Ottawa Community Housing Launches Fire Prevention Week

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On Monday, September 23, 2019, Ottawa Community Housing (OCHC) will kick off its annual Fire Prevention Week with tenants, special guests, fire safety activities sponsored by Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) and a BBQ. The launch event will be held in the Overbrook community, with the theme “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”.

This year, OCHC launches its own Fire Prevention awareness campaign in partnership with OFS 2 weeks prior to the official nationwide Fire Prevention Week. OCHC’s Fire Prevention Week features fire safety information sessions, door-to-door, and fire education information. Guests to the launch event will get a chance to have a picture taken with Sparky the Fire Safety Dog.

OCHC is committed to keeping tenants safe and recognize that it is a dual responsibility of OCHC and the tenants to ensure fire safety.

Our research shows that most fires in our communities are caused by unsafe cooking practices and start in the kitchen. Through the efforts of OCH staff working in partnership with OFS and tenants, we have seen a significant decline in kitchen fires in our communities over the past year.

Media are welcome to attend this event. The best time to arrive is at 4 p.m.

Date: Monday, September 23 – at the Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill Street –


Time: 3:00 p.m. –  Barbeque, Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) fire truck & safety house, safety games and fire safety information
4:00 p.m. – Welcoming speeches by

– Stéphane Giguère, CEO, OCH

– Councillor Rawlson King

– Councillor Mathieu Fleury, Chair, OCH Board of Directors

– OFS Dave Montone, Ottawa Fire Services

5:00 p.m. – Event ends



About OCHC

Ottawa Community Housing provides approximately 15,000 homes to 32,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles, and persons with special needs, within many communities across the City of Ottawa. OCHC houses a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicities, and cultures. OCHC is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, managing two-thirds of the City’s social housing portfolio, and is the second-largest in Ontario. OCHC was selected as one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for the second consecutive year in 2019. 

Media Contacts: 

Jennifer McIntosh – Communications and Marketing Specialist – Cell: 914-9953 | Twitter | LinkedIN | Facebook