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Fire Prevention Week (FPW)

FPW is observed annually on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9th falls. Barrie Fire & Emergeny Service (BFES) hosts special events each year, which are posted on this webpage, the City’s community events calendar and BFES's Facebook events listing.

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.

Serve up Fire Safety in the Kitchen

​This year's FPW campaign is about the simple but important actions you can take to keep yourself, and those around you, safe in the kitchen.

Did you know?

Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen.

Recipe for safety

Before you serve a meal, it's essential to serve up fire safety in the kitchen. There's nothing like spending time in the kitchen cooking a delicious meal for family and friends or an appetizing treat for yourself. But do you know the important steps to take long before anyone takes the first bite?

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn't just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week™ to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

FPW will officially kick off on Saturday, October 3, 2020 and wrap up on Friday, October 9, 2020, just before Thanksgiving weekend. With the uncertainty that the pandemic brings, the majority of this year's events and activities will take place ​virtually via Facebook/Twitter/YouTube.

Fire Prevention Week

Join us at the 2020 Fire Prevention Week events to help raise awareness about the importance of fire safety.

October 3–9

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 3 

CANCELLED - Home Depot Fire Safety Day
10 Barrie View Dr.
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

For the sixth consecutive year, inside the store, Fire Prevention Officers will be on hand to answer any questions the public may have.

Wednesday, October 7

CANCELLED - 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!


Stay Safe in the Kitchen

​​​​Here are some items that you and your family can use to help ensure you stay safe in the heart of your home:

Photos from Past Fire Prevention Weeks

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