The Governor General of Canada proclaims Fire Prevention Week each year. This awareness week was created in memory of the great Chicago fire in October 8th-9th, 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 people homeless, burned down 17,400 structures, and more than 200 acres of land.
In addition to having an escape plan and acting quickly, it is important to educate everyone about the different sounds that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Look for public safety information from your local fire department and online sources, such as the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.
Fire Prevention Week 2022 is October 9th-15th and the theme is, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.”
Have students tell you where their smoke/fire and carbon monoxide alarms are situated in their homes. Invite them to ask their parents to show them and if possible, to test them to listen to the different sounds they make. Explain that some alarms are combination smoke/fire and carbon monoxide, but they are distinguishable by their sound. That is why everyone needs to read the manual before installing their alarm(s).
Gather students and ask:
Ask for volunteers to share their family’s escape plan. Review and practise the fire escape plan for the school and classroom in the event of a fire.
Many fire safety planning resources are available online. Students can read and complete the information and activities to build their safety knowledge.
Share the information in the Introduction and the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2021: “Learn the sounds of fire safety.” Ask:
Invite each student to make a “Safety in the Home” reminder sheet to post in their homes. Encourage students to use a tablet or computer to design their poster, then print, share, and send home.
Suggestions for printing:
To save on paper, reduce the size of the safety posters prior to printing (e.g., fit six posters on one sheet). If your school has a laminating machine, you can laminate the card-sized posters for durability.
If your printer is compatible with magnet sheets, you can create fridge magnets! Alternatively, mini magnets can be purchased at most dollar stores, hardware stores, or craft stores. Simply glue to the back of the poster to turn it into a fridge magnet.