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.
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!
|SCHOOL||CITY||TYPE OF WINNER|
|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|
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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