Fire Prevention Week

Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.

That is the message during Fire Prevention Week 2018. From Oct. 7 to 13, 2018, 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!

“LOOK” for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

“LISTEN” for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

“LEARN” two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

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 (OFC) 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 contest will include one prize winner in each of the five geographic OFC zones and one prize winner from a First Nations Band Operated School in BC.

Dates to remember

  • Oct. 23, 2018 – Deadline for completed iPad entry forms from students to teacher
  • Oct. 26, 2018 – Deadline for completed iPad entry forms from schools to their local Fire Department
  • Nov. 2, 2018 – Deadline for completed iPad entry forms from First Nations and Band Operated Schools to First Nations' Emergency Services Society 
  • Nov. 2, 2018 – Local fire department to draw one iPad entry form and send to the OFC
  • Nov. 9, 2018 – Deadline for iPad entry forms received by the OFC
  • Nov. 16, 2018 – Draw for iPads (Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) does 1 draw for each of the 5 regional OFC areas and 1 First Nations draw will be done by First Nations' Emergency Services Society)
  • Nov. 23, 2018 – Deadline for all Fire Prevention Week feedback forms submitted to the OFC

Thanks to our sponsors of the iPad giveaway

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. © 2018 NFPA.