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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is October 6 to 12, 2019.

Home fires today can burn faster than ever before. Occupants may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is "Look, Listen, Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere."

  • Look for places fire could start
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
  • Learn two ways out of every room


  • Draw a map of your home by using our Fire Escape Plan (PDF) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave--this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

How old are your smoke alarms?

Smoke alarms don't last forever. They usually last 10 years. Check the manufacturer's date on your smoke alarms today! Replace expired alarms.

Keep your family safe with a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.

It's the law to have a working smoke detector on every level of your home.  By installing an additional alarm in each bedroom you  can add an extra layer of protection that may help save a life.

Did you know?

  • Twenty five per cent of all home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom
  • Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep
  • Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms
  • Home fires killed an average of eight people every day in 2013
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half

Find more activities for kids on Sparky's Fire Safety for Kids website 

Reproduced in part from Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website,


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