Prevention is a very important aspect of fire safety. The goal of fire prevention is to educate the public to take precautions to prevent potentially harmful fires, and be educated about surviving them. It is a proactive method of reducing emergencies and the damage caused by them. Practicing fire prevention can help save the lives of you and your loved ones.
Fire Prevention Week
Each year, our Regional Fire Service joins fire services from Canada and the United States to celebrate National Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls.
This year's Fire Prevention Week will be held October 8-14, 2017 in the County of Grande Prairie. This year's theme is Don't Wait, Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years!
In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.
That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:
- Draw a map of your home 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.
Common Causes of Home Fires Facts
- Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours.
- One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.
- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.
The County encourages everyone to participate in fire prevention tactics year-round to ensure you, your family and your property is safe from the risk of fire. For tips on how to keep your home safe, view our Fire Safety Checklists.