Fire Prevention Week
EVERY SECOND COUNTS – PLAN 2 WAYS OUT
That is the message fire and life safety educators will promote during Fire Prevention Week 2017. From Oct. 8-14, 2017, fire departments from across Canada and the United States work to raise public awareness about the dangers of fire and how to prevent it. The aim of the 2017 Fire Prevention Week campaign is to raise awareness on keeping your family safe by having an escape plan for all household members.
Make it a Household Activity!
- Draw a floorplan of your home showing all doors and windows.
- Find 2 ways out of every room.
- Make sure windows and doors are not blocked.
- Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home.
- Push the test button to sounds the smoke alarm.
- Practice your drill with everyone in your home.
- Get outside to your meeting place.
Talk about your plan with everyone in your home. Make sure your home has working smoke alarms on each floor. Know the emergency number for your fire department. Lastly, and most importantly, practice your home fire drill regularly.
During Fire Prevention Week, the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) works with B.C. Fire Departments to distribute “Fire Safety Starts With You!” activity booklets to primary students. As part of the week’s activities, this year’s annual iPad contest will include one prize winner in each of the five geographic OFC zones of the province, with the addition of one winner from a First Nations Band Operated School in B.C. The six iPads are jointly sponsored by the OFC, the BC Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Fire Training Officers’ Association of BC, the Fire Prevention Officers’ Association of BC, Fortis BC and First Nations’ Emergency Services Society. Each year, the Fire Prevention Week theme is announced by the National Fire Protection Association and was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 which destroyed more than 17,400 structures and killed more than 250 people .
The Fire Prevention Week theme is announced by the National Fire Protection Association and was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 which destroyed more than 17,400 structures and killed more than 250 people.
Dates to remember: Fire Prevention Week Campaign
- Nov. 10, 2017 – completed entry forms to be dropped off to the fire station
- Nov. 17, 2017 – local fire department to draw 1 entry form and send it to the OFC
- Nov. 24, 2017 – all entry forms must be received by the OFC
- Dec. 1, 2017 – Provincial draw for iPads done by OFC
Fire Prevention Week Feedback
- Nov. 24, 2017 – please submit all Fire Prevention Week feedback forms to the OFC
Thanks to our sponsors of the iPad giveaway:
- Fire Chiefs' Association of British
- British Columbia Fire Training Officers Association
- Fire Prevention Officers' Association of British Columbia
- Fortis BC
- Office of the Fire Commissioner
- First Nations' Emergency Services Society
Visit the additional resources page for activity booklets, lesson plans, fire chief-for-a-day entry forms, and articles.
*Banner image reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website. © 2017 NFPA.