Fire Prevention Week
“Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”
That is the message fire and life safety educators will promote during Fire Prevention Week 2016. From Oct. 9-15, 2016, 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 2016 Fire Prevention Week campaign is to raise awareness and keep your family safe by replacing smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old. To check how old your smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date. Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out!
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 a prize winner in each of the five geographic OFC zones of the province, with the addition of a 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.
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. 13, 2016 – completed entry forms to be dropped off to the fire hall
- Nov. 17, 2016 – fire hall to draw 1 entry form and send it to the OFC
- Nov. 25, 2016 – all entry forms must be received by the OFC
- Nov. 30, 2016 – Provincial draw for iPads done by OFC
Fire Prevention Week Feedback
- Nov. 25, 2016 – 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. © 2016 NFPA.