Fire Prevention Week 

Fire Prevention Week 2017

This year’s Fire Prevention Week runs from October 8-14. The theme for this year is “Every Second Counts, Have 2 Ways Out!”

We will be hosting fire safety displays at the following locations throughout the week:

  • October 7, Brantford Public Library, St. Paul Branch, 441 St. Paul Avenue, 10am - 12pm
  • October 11, Social Services, 220 Colborne Street, 9am - 3pm
  • October 11, Laurier Brantford, 10am - 1pm 
  • October 12, Home Depot, 25 Holiday Drive, 2 - 8pm
  • October 12, Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, 254 North Park Street, 4 - 8pm
  • October 13, Farmers Market, 79 Icomm Drive, 9am - 4pm
  • October 13, No Frills, 603 Colborne Street, 11am - 4pm
  • October 14, Open House, Central Services, 60 Clarence Street,10am – 2pm

Order from Domino's Pizza Brantford from Tuesday October 10- Friday October 13. If the fire truck shows up with your pizza and you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms you could receive your pizza for free!

Kid’s Activities

Please visit Sparky’s website for fun fire safety games and activities.

History

The history of Fire Prevention Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on October 9, 1871. This tragic conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres in 27 hours.

While the origin of the fire has never been determined, there has been much speculation over how it began. One popular legend, which was recently refuted by a Chicago historian, is that Mrs. Catherine O'Leary was milking her cow when the animal kicked over a lamp, setting the O'Leary barn on fire and starting the spectacular blaze.

On the Great Chicago Fire's 40th anniversary, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (FMANA) sponsored the first National Fire Prevention Day, advocating an annual observation as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.