Fire Prevention Week is October 9 to 15, 2022!
This year Fire Prevention Week focuses on “Fire won't Wait. Plan your Escape.” Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.
- Fire Won't Wait. Plan your Escape - Check out activities and resources on planning and practicing getting out of your home fast when the smoke alarm sounds.
- Chalk One Up for Fire Safety - Classroom program to share fire safety messages students in schools across Middlesex Centre.
- Virtual Tours - Take a tour of a Middlesex Centre fire truck and fire station.
Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.
“It’s important for everyone to practice home fire escape so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds,” said Colin Toth, Middlesex Centre Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Services. “Every home is different, so you need to have a plan that works for your home and your family. Remember that children, older adults and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure you plan for someone to help them.”
Tips on fire escape planning
- Working smoke alarms are your first line of defence. Install smoke alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. Best practice is to install alarms inside each bedroom.
- Test your alarm monthly and replace batteries regularly.
- Make sure your fire escape plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
- 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.
- Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in your household.
Did you know?
If you can’t hear your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, there are devices such as strobe lights or bed shakers that help alert you in an emergency. Contact Middlesex Centre Fire Services for information.
Resources & Activities
Click here for activities and important fire safety tips for your home:
- Fire Safety Activities, Games and More for Younger Children
- Fire Escape Planning / Safety Fact Sheets: escape planning, fire safety for apartments and condos, fire safety for people with disabilities, and more
- Fire Safety and Prevention in Middlesex Centre
Chalks ready, set, draw! We’re challenging classes in Middlesex Centre to share fire safety messages, with a chance to win big!
- Step 1: Enter your class to participate in our Chalk it Up for Fire Safety Challenge by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 14, 2022. Multiple classes may enter per school.
- Step 2: Once we receive your email we will deliver a Chalk it Up kit for your classroom. These kits contain all you need to participate…sidewalk chalk & fire safety materials.
- Step 3: Get your class familiar with fire safety by reviewing the materials in the kit and on this webpage.
- Step 4: Have your students share their fire safety knowledge by using sidewalk chalk to draw fire safety messages on your sidewalks, tarmac, etc. (Make sure to pick a safe spot!)
- Step 5: Post pictures of your Chalk it Up fire safety messages to your school’s social media accounts. Don’t forget to add the hashtags #MiddlesexCentre #Chalkoneupforfiresafety
- Step 6: Enter your class into the draw by emailing pictures of your fire safety messages to email@example.com. Entries received by Oct. 28, 2022 will be included in the random draw on Nov. 24. The teacher of the winning class will receive a $100 gift card for classroom supplies.
If you have any questions please contact Shannon Leitch, Emergency Services Coordinator.
Stay tuned for information on in-person tours at some of our fire stations! In the meanwhile, we hope you'll enjoy taking a "virtual" tour.
Fire Truck Tour - Delaware Fire Station
Join District Fire Chief Mark Rennison of the Delaware Station for a tour of one of our fire engines!
Station Tour - Coldstream Fire Station
Join Shannon Leitch, Fire & Emergency Services Coordinator, for a tour of the net-zero Coldstream Fire Station.
In Middlesex Centre, a car with green lights flashing mean a fire fighter is responding to an emergency.
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