Fire Prevention Week 

Fire Prevention Week 2016

This year’s Fire Prevention Week runs from October 9-15. The theme for this year is “Don’t Wait Check The Date. Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

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

  • October 11, Canadian Tire, 30 Lynden Road 10 - 4pm
  • October 12, Social services 220 Colborne Street 8:30 to 3:30pm
  • October 12, Home Hardware 10 King George Road 10 - 4pm
  • October 13, Gretzky Centre, 254 North Park Street 3 – 8pm
  • October 14, Lowes, 215 Henry Street 3 – 8pm
  • October 15, Home Depot, 25 holiday Drive 10 – 2pm

Kid’s Activities

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

Selfie Challenge - Fire Prevention Week October 9-15

Take part in our “Photo Selfie Challenge” for a chance to win a prize pack. It’s easy! Just send us a photo selfie of someone in your household checking the date on your smoke alarm. Remember – smoke alarms must be replaced every 10 years. Don’t wait – check the date and be part of our photo challenge. Please post your photo on either Facebook or Twitter at:

We look forward to your entries.


inflatable fire safety house

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.