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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention week (FPW) is observed annually on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9th falls.

In Canada, Fire Prevention Week is proclaimed annually by the Governor General. The theme for Fire Prevention Week is chosen by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and announced in early June.

FPW was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

BFES hosts events throughout the week. Event details are posted each year to on this webpage, the City’s community events calendar and Facebook events listing.

This year's FPW campaign, "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!" works to educated everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Did you know?

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 practice 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 practice today.

Be a Hero

How do you define a hero? It is... a person who is courageous and performs good deeds? Someone who comes to the aid of others, even at personal risk?

A hero can be all of those things. A hero can also be.. someone who takes small, but important actions to keep themselves and those around them safe from fire. When it comes to fire safety, maybe you're already a hero in your household or community. If not, maybe you're feeling inspired to become one. It's easy to take that first step - make your home escape plan!

2019 FPW Events

Join Barrie Fire and Emergency Service (BFES) at the 2019 Fire Prevention Week events to help raise awareness about the importance of fire safety.

October 7-11

TVO Kids Push 2 Buttons Campaign!
BFES, the Office of the Fire Marshal and TVOKids are teaming up to encourage everyone to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Kids can visit to enter the number of alarms they’ve tested in the interactive counter.

Saturday, October 5 

Home Depot Fire Safety Day
10 Barrie View Dr.
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
For the sixth consecutive year, we will have a fire truck on display outside the store on Mapleview Drive. Inside the store, Fire Prevention Officers and Georgian College students will be working with kids on a pre-registered fire safety craft and will be on hand to answer any questions the public may have. Sparky the Fire Dog will also be there! 

At promptly 12 noon we will be in the parking lot performing a side by side demo burn of legacy vs modern furniture.  

Tuesday, October 8

Domino's Pizza Partnership           
6 – 8 p.m.
Dinner is on us - if your alarms are working! BFES has partnered with Domino’s Pizza to deliver select pizza orders and make sure residents have functioning smoke and CO alarms.  If the alarms are present and working, the pizza is FREE!


Photos from Past Fire Prevention Weeks

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