Fire prevention week

October 9-15, 2022

The theme for Fire Prevention Week 2022 is "Fire won't wait. Plan your escape."

Today's homes burn faster than ever. If you hear a smoke alarm sound, you may have only minutes to act. Use that time well by making sure everyone knows how to safely and quickly exit a home or building.

Create an escape plan

  • Draw a map of your home.
  • Label two ways out of each room (this might be a door or window).
  • Add your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to the map.
  • Mark a meeting place outside.
  • Plan to call 9-1-1 from a neighbour's home or a cell phone.

Practice your plan

  • Gather everyone in your home twice each year to review your escape plan.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Make sure everyone knows the sounds of each kind of alarm and how to escape when they hear them sound.
  • Actually practice your plan. This will help you see any problems or weak spots. Plan to help older adults, children, or anyone who may need extra assistance in an emergency.
  • Practice meeting at a safe location outside away from the building. Remind everyone to get out and stay out in an emergency.
  • Teach your children about when to call 9-1-1 and what to expect.

Visit a WFPS Station

Visit your local WFPS Station on Saturday, October 15 to meet emergency responders and learn about fire safety. Introducing children to responders can be a good way to build relationships and ensure kids feel comfortable with responders should an emergency occur.

Open houses will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at all WFPS stations.

You can also book a presentation with WFPS's public education branch on home escape planning at

Talk to a WFPS member at Canadian Tire

WFPS representatives will have booths set up inside three Canadian Tire stores during Fire Prevention Week to demonstrate the importance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Resources for teachers and parents

Fire Prevention Week is a great opportunity to teach children lifesaving information about fire safety. Whether it's practicing fire drills in school or at home or taking some time in the kitchen to point out potential hazards, you can make sure the children in your life are prepared. Some fire drill procedures may have to change to work within COVID-19 precautions.

Lesson plans:

Activities for escape planning:

Activities for kids

Safety tip sheets:

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