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Fire Awareness and Education


1. Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week Banner featuring this year's theme and Sparky the Fire Dog

Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, ©2016 NFPA.

Fire Prevention Week is dedicated to educating the public about the importance of fire and life safety. Resource material is available free online from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Fire Prevention Canada. Materials include how-to guides for the fire service, lesson plans for teachers, activities for kids and families, media releases, graphics and lots more.

Every Second Counts; Plan 2 Ways Out is the theme for this year’s campaign.

During Fire Prevention Week (October 8 – 14, 2017), fire fighters across Saskatchewan will be telling people the importance of having a fire escape plan and practicing it twice a year.

In a fire, seconds count.  Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.


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.


3. Fire Prevention Week Children's Program

Fire Prevention through Education

What is the Children’s Program?

  • A fun-filled activity for school-aged children from kindergarten to Grade 3 to help them learn fire prevention and safety.
  • The program provides:
    • Children’s Fire Safety Activity Booklets
    • Ready made lesson plans for classroom teachers

How do fire fighting professionals run this program?

They notify the schools in their area about free activity booklets and deliver them to kindergarten to Grade 3 classrooms during Fire Prevention Week. The children’s program includes a letter to teachers and families providing information on staying safe from fire.

How do I get my free program?

  • Estimate the number of kindergarten to Grade 3 school children in the community.
  • Fill in the order form and email to before August 31, 2017.

By early September, your order will be shipped free of charge to the name and address provided.


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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