Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is a great time to discuss fire and burn prevention with the people in your community and is an opportunity for students to win some fantastic prizes.

Bringing the important message of fire and burn prevention into schools and classrooms helps to save lives and prevent painful burn injuries and lifelong suffering. We thank you for all your efforts and the work that you do to share these messages.

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Cooking Safety starts with You. Pay attention to fire prevention.

This year’s campaign, Cooking safety starts with You. Pay attention to fire prevention™, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe when cooking. Visit the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) official Fire Prevention Week website for tons of great information, activities, ideas, resources and more!

School contest 

The annual Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest is open to all students from kindergarten to grade 12 who are attending an Indigenous, public, or independent school in British Columbia.

Read the full contest rules below or visit the NFPA official Fire Prevention Week website.

Contest Rules

The poster contest is open to any kindergarten to grade 12 students attending an Indigenous, public, or independent school in British Columbia. Any number of students from a class can enter the contest.

  • One (1) entry per student
  • Posters must fit on 8 ½ by 11-inch letter-sized paper
  • Original artwork can be drawn by hand or created with the assistance of digital media
  • Text used on your poster may be in any language of your choosing
  • Poster artwork should bring attention to fire prevention activities to do with the theme: 
    Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention™

How to enter

Entries must be submitted by the student’s teacher. Entries will be divided into the grade indicated on the entry form, so please complete it accurately. 

  • 2023 entry form (PDF, 170KB)
  • If mailed in, posters must include a completed entry form that has been taped or glued to the back (please do not staple).
  • If emailed, the entry form must be included as an attachment.

Mail entries to: BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, 3891 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 3P1 or email to

The deadline for entry is October 23, 2023.

Contest Timeline

  • October 23 – Deadline for sending completed entry forms
  • Week of November 27 – Winners will be chosen
  • Beginning of December – Winners will be announced
  • January 2024 – Prizes will be presented

If you have any questions or comments, please email them to

Contest Prizes

  • Twelve (12) Grand Prize Winners (one in each grade) will receive an iPad.
  • Twelve (12) Honourable Mention Winners will receive prizes of a Panago sponsored pizza/lunch party for their class.

Good luck with your Fire Prevention Week activities!

School and fire department resources

 For ease, use these word document templates during fire prevention week.

Download and print the following checklist, or modify it to suit your school's needs, to help you run a successful fire drill during Fire Prevention Week (or any time of year!).

Provide any feedback on the Fire Prevention Week resources offered by the Office of the Fire Commissioner to

Content from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website may not be copied, reproduced, sold or in any way distributed for commercial purposes. Fire departments, schools, civic groups, work places and the media are encouraged to copy and distribute all or significant portions of the material on the website, but not otherwise revise or alter the material. Materials used from the website must include the following attribution line and link back to NFPA's Fire Prevention Week site.

Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website. © 2023 NFPA

Fire Prevention Week™ and the theme are trademarks of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the NFPA is neither a Sponsor of nor affiliated with the contest and has neither endorsed nor approved this contest.


Banner image reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website. © 2023 NFPA