Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Prevention Week banner featuring Sparky the fire dog. Every Second Counts - Plan 2 Ways Out!



That is the message during Fire Prevention Week 2017. From Oct. 8 to 14, 2017, fire departments from across Canada and the United States will work to raise public awareness about the dangers of fire, how to prevent it and how to keep your family safe by having - and practicing - an escape plan.  

Make it a Household Activity!

  1. Draw a floorplan of your home showing all doors and windows.
  2. Find 2 ways out of every room.
  3. Make sure windows and doors are not blocked.
  4. Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home.
  5. Push the test button to sounds the smoke alarm.
  6. Practice your drill with everyone in your home.
  7. 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.

Win an iPad!

During Fire Prevention Week, the Office of the Fire Commissioner works with BC fire departments to distribute “Fire Safety Starts With You!” activity booklets to elementary schools. After completing the activity booklet, the entry form may be completed by each child, and then taken home to be signed by a parent/guardian.

This year’s annual iPad contest will include one prize winner in each of the five geographic OFC zones of the province and one winner from a First Nations Band Operated School in BC.

Dates to remember: 

  • Nov. 10, 2017 – Deadline for completed iPad entry forms 
  • Nov. 17, 2017 – Local fire department and First Nations' Emergency Services Society to draw one iPad entry form and send to the OFC
  • Nov. 24, 2017 – Deadline for iPad entry forms received by the OFC
  • Nov. 24, 2017 – Deadline for all Fire Prevention Week feedback forms submitted to the OFC
  • Dec. 1, 2017 – Provincial draw for iPads held by OFC

Thanks to our sponsors of the iPad giveaway

The six iPads are jointly sponsored by the Office of the Fire Commissioner, the Fire Chiefs’ Association of BC, the BC Fire Training Officers’ Association, the Fire Prevention Officers’ Association of BC, Fortis BC and First Nations' Emergency Services Society. More information:

Visit the additional resources page for activity booklets, lesson plans, fire chief-for-a-day entry forms, and articles.

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 . 

*Banner image reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website. © 2017 NFPA.