Fire Prevention Week

Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™

Cooking is one of the leading causes of home fires and home fire injuries in British Columbia. This year, Fire Prevention Week™ (October 4 to 10, 2020) aims to educate people about the simple but important things they can do to keep themselves and those around them safe from fire in their kitchens and homes.

Printed resources and other items are available for purchase through the CanOps Public Safety Resource Centre.   

Fire Prevention Week Contest

Fire Prevention Week is a great time to discuss fire and burn prevention with your friends and family, and is an opportunity for students in British Columbia to win some fantastic prizes. This year, the contest is open to all grades! Download the Fire Prevention Week information sheet (PDF) and share with the people in your community. We look forward to receiving your entry!

 Poster Contest

Grade categories

  • Kindergarten to grade 3
  • grade 4 to 6
  • grade 7 to 12

Mail-in (hard copy) entries

  • Posters must be drawn on an 8 ½ by 11-inch letter-sized paper
  • Posters must include a completed entry form (fillable PDF) on the back of the poster (taped or glued. Please do not staple.) Be sure to include your zone. See below for more information.
  • One (1) entry per student
  • Poster artwork may be drawn on any Fire Prevention Week subject (including burn and scald prevention, fire prevention, fire escape planning, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide safety, etc.)
  • The contest is open to any student residing in British Columbia — from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. Any number of students from a class can enter the contest. Entries must be sent in by the student's teacher.
  • All entries must be received at the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, 3891 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 3P1
  • Submission deadline: OCTOBER 23

What zone am I in?

This year, prizes are broken out by zone and grade. Check out this map to find out what zone you are in:

Map of the lower portion of British Columbia, broken out in to zones according to the Fire Prevention Officers' Association of BC membership

 
Zone 1 - Vancouver Island Zone 2 - Lower Mainland Zone 3 - Thompson/Okanagan Zone 4 - Kootenays Zone 5 - Northern
  • Vancouver Island
  • Powell River and northern Sunshine Coast
  • Lower Mainland
  • Fraser Valley
  • southern Sunshine Coast
  • Sea to Sky
  • 100 Mile House
  • Cache Creek
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • Merritt
  • Osoyoos
  • Penticton
  • Princeton
  • Revelstoke
  • Salmon Arm
  • Williams Lake
  • Cranbrook
  • Creston
  • Elkford
  • Fernie
  • Field
  • Grand Forks
  • Golden
  • Kimberley
  • Nakusp
  • Nelson
  • Radium Hot Springs
  • Salmo
  • Sparwood
  • Trail
  • Northern 
  • Haida Gwaii

Email (electronic) copies

  • Posters must be drawn on an 8 ½ by 11-inch letter-sized paper
  • One (1) entry per student
  • Poster artwork may be drawn on any Fire Prevention Week subject (including burn and scald prevention, fire prevention, fire escape planning, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide safety, etc.)
  • The contest is open to any student residing in British Columbia — from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. Any number of students from a class can enter the contest. Entries must be sent in by the student's teacher.
  • Please attach a completed entry form (fillable PDF) in your email or simply click on your zone below to generate a pre-populated email message
  • All entries must be emailed to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund at FirePreventionWeek@burnfund.org
  • Submission deadline: OCTOBER 23

Zone 1

Zone 2

Zone 3

Zone 4

Zone 5

What zone am I in?

This year, prizes are broken out by zone and grade. Check out this map to find out what zone you are in:

Map of the lower portion of British Columbia, broken out in to zones according to the Fire Prevention Officers' Association of BC membership

 
Zone 1 - Vancouver Island Zone 2 - Lower Mainland Zone 3 - Thompson/Okanagan Zone 4 - Kootenays Zone 5 - Northern
  • Vancouver Island
  • Powell River and northern Sunshine Coast
  • Lower Mainland
  • Fraser Valley
  • southern Sunshine Coast
  • Sea to Sky
  • 100 Mile House
  • Cache Creek
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • Merritt
  • Osoyoos
  • Penticton
  • Princeton
  • Revelstoke
  • Salmon Arm
  • Williams Lake
  • Cranbrook
  • Creston
  • Elkford
  • Fernie
  • Field
  • Grand Forks
  • Golden
  • Kimberley
  • Nakusp
  • Nelson
  • Radium Hot Springs
  • Salmo
  • Sparwood
  • Trail
  • Northern 
  • Haida Gwaii

 

 
  • Grand Prize Winners will receive an iPad for themselves and a Panago-sponsored pizza/lunch party for their class.
  • Regional Prize Winners will receive a $50 Visa gift card and $75 towards a pizza/lunch party for their class (to be organized by the local fire department).
  • Honourable Mention Winners will receive a $35 Visa gift card for themselves.
Grade category Grand prize winners Regional prize winners Honourable mentions
Kindergarten to grade 3 1 5 (1 per zone) 15 (3 per zone)
Grade 4 to 6 1 5 (1 per zone) 15 (3 per zone)
Grade 7 to 1 1 5 (1 per zone) 15 (3 per zone)

Note that pizza/lunch parties will adhere to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and may look a little different than what we are used to!

The winning posters may be used in promotional material by all contest partners and sponsors where appropriate.

 

 Video Contest

Grade categories for video contest:

  • Kindergarten to grade 6
  • grade 7 to 12

Students must create a 3-minute (maximum) video that contains a strong Fire Prevention Week message on a topic of their choosing (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 Kindergarten to grade twelve student living in British Columbia. Entries may be submitted by individual students or as an entire class. Entries must be sent in by the student's teacher.
  • Please attach a completed entry form (fillable PDF) in your email or simply click on the email address below to generate a pre-populated email message
  • All submissions must be posted on YouTube and link sent via email to FirePreventionWeek@burnfund.org
  • Submission deadline: October 23, 2020
 

Grade categories for video contest:

  • Kindergarten to grade 6
  • grade 7 to 12
Grade category Grand prize winners Regional prize winners Honourable mentions
Kindergarten to grade 6 1 N/A N/A
Grade 7 to 12 1 N/A N/A

Grand Prize winners will receive an iPad for themselves and a Panago-sponsored pizza/lunch party for their class. Note that pizza/lunch parties will adhere to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and may look a little different than what we are used to!

The winning videos may be used in promotional material by all contest partners and sponsors where appropriate.

 

Social Media & Website Resources

Use these graphics and suggested posts on your social media channels to promote Fire Prevention Week in your community. Be sure to use the hashtag #FirePreventionWeek on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

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Twitter

Mark your calendars! #Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, 2020. This year’s theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” https://www.nfpa.org/fpw

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Follow these simple steps to cook safely! #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw

Nearly half of all home fires are caused by cooking. Follow these tips to prevent cooking fires in your home #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw

Unattended cooking is one of the leading cause of home fires. Stay focused! #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw  

Use oven mitts when checking or removing food from the oven or stove #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw

Most home cooking fires involve the stove – keep a close eye on what you fry! #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw

Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. Turn off the burner if you leave the kitchen! #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw  

Keep your cooking area clutter-free! Move anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from the cooking area, including oven mitts, towels, wooden utensils and food packaging #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw   

Keep kids safe in the kitchen! Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around stove and areas where there is hot food or drink #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw  

Tired, drowsy? Take a break from cooking and order take-out! Only cook when you’re alert #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw

Put a lid on it! Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off­ the burner  #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw   

If an appliance feels too hot, smokes, or gives off­ a strange odor, unplug it immediately and have it serviced or replaced #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw   

Turn pot and pan handles inward so that they can’t be easily knocked over #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw   

If you are simmering, baking or roasting food check it regularly and stay in the home. Use a timer to promptly remove it from the oven or stove #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw   

Install smoke alarms at least 10’ away from the cooking area to prevent nuisance alarm. #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw  

Keep pets off cooking surfaces and nearby countertops #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw

Facebook

Mark your calendar! #Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, 2020. This year’s theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”, focuses on the importance of cooking safely: Cooking is one of the leading causes of home fires and home fire injuries https://www.nfpa.org/fpw

Did you know cooking is one of the leading causes of home fires and home fire injuries?  There are many simple steps you can take to minimize the risk of cooking fires. Check out these #FirePreventionWeek resources for helpful tips and recommendations. https://www.nfpa.org/fpw  

Life is hectic, turning many of us into great multi-taskers. But don’t let your great multi-tasking skills distract you in the kitchen! Unattended cooking is one of the leading causes of home cooking fires: Stay focused and keep a close eye on what you’re cooking! #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw  

Keep lookin’ at what you’re cookin’! Carefully monitor food that’s simmering, baking, or roasting. Set a timer to promptly remove it from the oven or stove. Learn more about cooking safety during this year’s #FirePreventionWeek campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen! ™” https://www.nfpa.org/fpw

Most home cooking fires involve the stove. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you need to leave the kitchen, turn off the stove! For more cooking safety tips during #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw

Keep your cooking area clutter-free! Move anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from the cooking area, including oven mitts, towels, wooden utensils and food packaging. https://www.nfpa.org/fpw  

Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can hang down onto stove burners and catch fire.  #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw   

Keep little ones safe when you’re cooking! Create a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 metre) around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are being prepared or carried. #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw  

If you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, don’t cook. Place a delivery order! Learn more cooking safety tips during #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw

Here’s a simple cooking tip to prevent cooking fires and burns: Turn pot and pan handles away from stove’s edge so that they can’t be easily knocked over. Learn more cooking fire safety tips during #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw  

Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it’s cool. #FirePreventionWeek Learn more safety tips at  https://www.nfpa.org/fpw  

Make sure smoke alarms are installed in your home at least 10’ away from the cooking area. This will help avoid nuisance alarms triggered by cooking. Want more tips and recommendations for cooking safety during #FirePreventionWeek and beyond? Visit  https://www.nfpa.org/fpw  

When in doubt, just get out! If you have any doubts about stopping a small kitchen fire, just get out. Close the doors behind you as you and others in the home leave to help contain the fire. #FirePreventionWeek https://www.nfpa.org/fpw  

 

School & Fire Department Resources

Use these resources to help promote Fire Prevention Week in your community. Be sure to check out the "suggested activities" for some great ideas, especially if you are unable to hold traditional open houses, school and community visits.

Fire Prevention Week™ provides an excellent opportunity for fire departments to promote fire prevention and life safety in B.C. communities. Fire Prevention Week might look a bit different for educators this year. NFPA has put together some “Out of the Box” ideas to help you reach your community with life-saving messages in the event that traditional open houses, school and community visits aren’t able to be held. Be sure to check out the entire NFPA Fire Prevention Week toolkit for more great activities!

  • Do a virtual Q&A session with classes in your community to chat about fire and burn prevention and answer questions 
  • Offer a virtual tour of your fire hall 
  • Do a distanced visit to the school or fire hall by staying outside with the fire truck 

"Out of the Box" ideas

Toolkit

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.

Fire Prevention Week news release (DOC)

Use the newsletter article below as is or adapt it to include information specific to your fire department, school or community organization.

Newsletter article template (DOC)

Issuing a proclamation is a great way to recognize the significance of Fire Prevention Week. Download and use the template below to issue a proclamation in your community.

Proclamation (DOC)

Check out the Fire Prevention Week 2020 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 drill checklist (DOC)

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.

Safety Stars program (PDF)

Please provide any feedback on the Fire Prevention Week resources offered by the Office of the Fire Commissioner by submitting the following form:

Feedback form (email)

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:

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Fire Prevention Week™ and the 2020 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.

 

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