Fire Prevention Week

Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan & Practise Your Escape!™

October 6 to 12, 2019  was Fire Prevention Week! This year's campaign was about educating 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.

Escape Time

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.   

Fire Prevention Week Contest

Thank you to all those who took part in the Fire Prevention Week poster and video contest - we received almost 1,700 fantastic posters and 14 fabulous videos. Well done everyone! Winners are currently being notified and prizes will be presented.

We hope you participate again next year! 

École La Passerelle Whsitler Video Winner
Scott Creek Middle School Coquitlam Grand Prize
Sidney Elementary School Sidney Regional
J.L. Webster Elementary School Trail Trail Regional
Caulfeild Elementary West vancouver Regional
Veritas Catholic School   Terrace Regional
Merritt Bench Elementary Merritt Regional
École Victor-Brodeur Esquimalt Honourable Mention
Glanford Middle School Saanich Honourable Mention
Glanford Middle School Saanich Honourable Mention
Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Academy Comox Honourable Mention
Sidney Elementary School Sidney Honourable Mention
J.L. Webster Elementary School Trail Trail Honourable Mentions x 5
Cliff Drive Elementary Delta Honourable Mention
École Moody Middle School Port Moody Honourable Mention
Holy Trinity Elementary North Vancouver Honourable Mention
Meadowridge School Maple Ridge Honourable Mention
École Mountainview Terrace Honourable Mentions x 2
Freedom Thinkers School Fort St. John  Honourable Mentions x 2
St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School Smithers Honourable Mention
Ellison Elementary School Kelowna Honourable Mention
First Baptist Classical Academy Kamloops Honourable Mentions x 2
Kamloops Christian School Kamloops Honourable Mention
King's Christian School Salmon Arm Honourable Mention

Fire Safety Starts with You! resources

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.


School & Fire Department resources

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.

Activities Implementation Guide (PDF)

Home Escape Planning How-to

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)

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.

Mayor's proclamation (DOC)

Town proclamation (DOC)

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 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 (PDF)

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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