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Fire Awareness and Education

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1. 2018 Fire Prevention Week (October 7-13)

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has officially proclaimed the international theme for 2018 Fire Prevention Week.

Fire Prevention Week Banner saying "Look, Listen, Learn - be aware; fire can happen anywhere."

NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website,www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2018 NFPA.

This year's Fire Prevention Week campaign "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere." works to educate about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire – and how to escape safely in the event of one:

  • LOOK for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
  • LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should meet.
  • LEARN two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

This year, Sparky the Fire Dog® introduces his new friend Simon, who is helping teach this year’s Fire Prevention Week messages. Simon is a smart, resourceful character who will join Sparky in spreading fire-safety messages to adults and children alike.

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2. Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you an early warning - alerting you to get outside quickly!

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom and outside each sleeping area.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home.
  • Test smoke alarms using the test button at least once a month or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Change the battery in your smoke alarm once a year or if the low battery alarm chirps.
  • Be aware that some smoke alarms will also make a chirping sound if the unit needs to be replaced. For more information about the battery alarm and the replacement alarm read the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning. This helps keep smoke alarms working well.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. Immediately replace any smoke alarm that does not respond properly when tested.
  • Make sure everyone in the home recognizes the sound of a smoke alarm; understands what the warning of the sound of a smoke alarm means; and knows how to respond.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.

Did you know?

  • Working smoke alarms increase your chances of escaping from a home fire.
  • For the best protection use smoke alarms that can be interconnected by hard-wiring or wireless technology. When one interconnected smoke alarm sounds they all sound.

For more information about smoke alarms contact your local fire department.

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3. Fire Prevention Week Children's Program

The province encourages local fire departments to support fire prevention through education by offering the following Children's Program to their local elementary school.

The Children's Program is a fun-filled activity for students from kindergarten to Grade 3. The program helps children learn about fire prevention and safety during Fire Prevention Week.  The program includes:

  • free children's Fire Safety activity booklets;
  • a ready-made lesson plan for classroom teachers; and
  • a letter to teachers and a letter to families that describes how to stay safe from fire.

To offer this program in your community, have your fire department complete the steps below:

  1. Notify the schools in your area about the Children's Program offered during Fire Prevention Week.
  2. Estimate how many students are enrolled in kindergarten to Grade 3 in your community.
  3. Complete the order form (listed below).
  4. Email the completed form to yvette.yuzak@gov.sk.ca before August 31, 2018.

By early September, the order will be shipped free of charge to the name and address listed on the order form.  As well, the lesson plan and informational letters will be forwarded to the fire department for distribution.  

Between October 7 and 13, firefighters can deliver this material to classrooms during Fire Prevention Week. 


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4. Pre-school to Grade 8 Education Programs

Learn Not to Burn® Preschool Program

Saskatchewan Fire Facts
Children under six years are at high risk of suffering burn injuries, and they are twice as likely to die in a fire, compared to the general population.

The goal of Learn Not To Burn
To reduce child fire deaths and injuries by presenting the LEARN NOT TO BURN PROGRAM in child care homes and facilities across Saskatchewan.

About Learn Not To Burn
Learn Not to Burn is a comprehensive fire safety curriculum for use in schools.

These comprehensive fire safety curriculums are based on field-tested results of National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Learn Not To Burn program. The program includes three levels:
  1.  "Learn Not to Burn—Preschool" - It presents five fire safety messages using classroom lessons, activities and home connections.
  2.  "Learn Not to Burn—Kindergarten" - It presents six fire safety messages using classroom lessons, activities and home connections.
  3.  "Learn Not to Burn—Level 1" - It presents five fire safety messages using classroom lessons, activities and home connections.
Each level provides maximum flexibility so that it can be taught as a stand-alone fire safety unit or easily integrated into language arts lessons. Throughout the program, presented by teachers, invitations can be extended to the local fire department into the classroom to support the lessons.

Implementing the Learn Not To Burn Program

The program is available in English electronically at no cost. Download the lesson plans and the songs from NFPA.

Educate Today for a Fire Safe Tomorrow!!

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