Barrie Fire & Emergency Service (BFES) is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association for Fire Prevention Week on October 9-15, 2022. This year’s focus is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape” and we encourage everyone to take simple but important actions to keep yourself and those around you safe from home fires.
Did you know?
You may have as little as two minutes (or even less) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds.
Fire Escape Planning Tips
- Make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
- Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
- Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
- Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.
- Practise your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests. Practise at least once during the day and at night.
'Chalk one up' to Fire Safety and You Could Win!
Planning your home escape is one of the best ways to keep you and your family safe in case of fire. Barrie Fire & Emergency Service (BFES) is encouraging everyone to grab some chalk and get prepared:
- Draw a fire-safety message or escape plan on your driveway or sidewalk.
- Take picture(s) of the artwork.
- Share it with BFES on Facebook or Twitter (@Barrie_Fire), email to Fire.Prevention@barrie.ca or drop it off in-person at BFES headquarters (155 Dunlop Street West).
Pictures received by October 14, 2022 will be entered into a draw for a BFES prize pack, which includes:
- 1 android tablet with case
- 1 new smoke alarm
- 1 new CO alarm
- 1 kitchen grade fire extinguisher
- 1 small plush Sparky®
- and more BFES prizes!
Visit one of the below locations to pick up a chalk kit:
- Allandale Recreation Centre
- Barrie Public Library – Downtown Branch
- Barrie Public Library – Holly Branch
- Barrie Public Library – Painswick Branch
- East Bayfield Community Centre
- Peggy Hill Team Community Centre
- Service Barrie
You don’t need a kit to participate! Use your own chalk, and download the chalk kits items here:
The History of Fire Prevention Week
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.