Fire Prevention Week
Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan & Practise Your Escape!™
October 6 to 12, 2019 is Fire Prevention Week™! This year's campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from fire.
Printed resources and other Fire Prevention Week-related items can be purchased through the CanOps Public Safety Resource Centre.
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practise can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out. Plan ahead for your escape. Make your home escape plan and practise today.
New for this year is an expanded fire and burn prevention contest, with an opportunity to win some fantastic prizes for the elementary students (kindergarten to grade seven) in your community.
Download further details on the the new and improved Fire Prevention Week contest by clicking on the button below.
Thanks to the contest sponsors:
Use this letter, or customize it to meet your department's needs, to provide information to teachers about Fire Prevention Week activities in your community and how to enter the Fire Prevention Week contest. Download it by clicking on the button below.
Use this letter, or customize it to meet your department's needs, to provide information to parents/guardians about Fire Prevention Week activities in your community and how to continue the fire and life safety conversation at home with all family members. Download it by clicking on the button below.
- October 25 – Deadline for sending completed posters and video links to BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund
- Poster entries must be received at the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund 3891 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 3P1 no later than October 25, 2019
- Video entries must be posted on YouTube and link sent via email to email@example.com no later than October 25, 2019
- November 13 – Judging of entries complete
- Week of November 18 – Winners announced. Presentation of prizes to be completed by mid-December
Poster contest rules
- Posters must be drawn on an 8 ½ by 11-inch letter-sized paper
- Posters must include a completed entry form that has been taped or glued to the poster. Please DO NOT staple
- One (1) entry per student
- Poster artwork may be drawn on any Fire Prevention Week subject (burn and scald prevention, fire prevention, fire escape planning, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide safety, etc.)
- Poster contest open to any Kindergarten to grade seven student living in British Columbia. Students can participate on their own without the participation of their school
- Mail entries to: BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, 3891 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 3P1
- Submission deadline: October 25, 2019
Video contest rules
- Students are invited to create a 3-minute (maximum) video that contains a strong Fire Prevention Week message on a topic of their choosing (including burn and scald prevention, fire prevention, fire escape planning, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide safety, etc.)
- All styles of video will be accepted: drama, comedy, documentary, music video, stop-motion, claymation or animation
- Video contest open to any student in grade four to seven living in British Columbia. Students can participate on their own without the participation of their school
- All submissions must be posted on YouTube and link sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submission deadline: October 25, 2019
Poster contest prizes
Grand Prize Winner (1) will receive $1,000 for their elementary school or BC Ministry of Education sanctioned distance education facility, a pizza/lunch party for their class and an iPad for themselves. The winner’s poster will be used in promotional material where appropriate.
Regional Prize Winners (5) will receive $500 for their elementary school or BC Ministry of Education sanctioned distance education facility, a pizza/lunch party for their class, an iPad for themselves and a framed certificate.
Honourable Mention Winners (minimum 25) will receive $50 for their elementary school or BC Ministry of Education sanctioned distance education facility and a certificate.
All entrants will receive a participation prize which will be sent to their school and handed-out by teachers of participating classes. (Prize package TBD)
Video contest prize
One winner will receive $1,000 for their elementary school or BC Ministry of Education sanctioned distance education facility, a pizza/lunch party for their class and a GoPro camera for themselves.
Thanks to our sponsors!
- Fire Chiefs’ Association of BC
- Fire Prevention Officers’ Association of BC
- BC Fire Training Officers Association
- BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund
- First Nations’ Emergency Services Society
- Office of the Fire Commissioner
The history of National Fire Prevention Week has it roots in the great Chicago Fire that occurred on October 8, 1871, and killed some 300 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,000 structures. The popular story is that a cow knocked over an oil lamp in the O’Leary barn. Although the fire is still undetermined, and it has been established that the O’Leary’s were asleep at the time the fire started, the massive fire swiftly took its toll, burning more than 2000 acres in 27 hours.
In Canada, the first national Fire Prevention Day proclamation was issued by the Governor-General in 1919.
From the beginning, it was apparent that a united effort between Canada and the U.S.A. would give the work greater impetus. To this end fire prevention organizations in both countries have always supported a common date at federal, state, provincial, and municipal levels. Fire Prevention Week falls each year in the week that includes October 9.
British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and Yukon Territory fire departments coordinate efforts to reach children in kindergarten through grade three during Fire Prevention Week by developing the Fire Safety Starts with You! supplemental brochure. This helps fire and life safety educators deliver consistent, accurate fire safety messages with information on preventing fires, knowing what to do in case of a fire, smoke alarms and developing home escape plans. Each year the message is tailored to follow the NFPA theme with activity booklets, lesson plans for teachers and fire safety messages to take home.
Fire Prevention Week provides an excellent opportunity for fire departments to promote fire prevention and life safety in B.C. communities. Use this year's theme of Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and Practice your EscapeTM to focus your activities,or use any relevant fire or life safety topic to engage your community. Download the Fire Prevention Week Activities Implementation Guide below for tips and ideas. Be sure to also explore the NFPA’s website for a whole host of excellent resources.
Fire Prevention Week provides an ideal opportunity to educate the public about the importance of fire and life safety. Download the template news release and fill in the details specific to your community.
Issuing a proclamation is a great way to recognize the significance of Fire Prevention Week. Download and use the templates below to issue a proclamation in your community.
Check out the Fire Prevention Week 2019 proclamation signed by the Attorney General and the Lieutenant Governor!
Download and print the following checklist, or modify it to suit your school's needs, to help you run a a successful fire drill during Fire Prevention Week (or any time of year!).
Fire Prevention Week is an excellent time to recognize individuals who have contributed to fire and life safety in your community, and the Safety Star Program is a great way to honour them. Download the Safety Stars program information sheet by clicking on the button below.
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