School Lecture Program 

Background Information

Sparky with children

This program was developed to allow the Brantford Fire Department to pro-actively reduce the loss of life and property, through the promotion of working smoke alarms in every dwelling unit.

Educational programs remain the most cost effective way to prevent fires. The School Lecture Program is an effective way to teach City of Brantford children within the Grand Erie District and the Brant Haldimand-Norfolk Catholic District School Boards.

Co-operation between the Fire Department, school boards and the curriculum writers helped to ensure that the program would best meet the needs of the children.

When you think of the word “accident,” what immediately comes to mind? Do you think of a predictable event that could have been prevented? Probably not. More likely, you picture a chance, random event, maybe something controlled by fate. Recent research supports the fact that the great majority of injuries are predictable and preventable.

Mindful of this fact, concerned citizens and corporate partners within The City of Brantford and The County if Brant built the Children’s Safety Village of Brant. The facility provides a venue for children of our community to learn the fundamentals of life safety and injury prevention and awareness.

In the fall of 2005, the Children’s Safety Village of Brant Fire Safety Classroom opened it doors to eager classes of Grade 2 and 3 students. Fire Prevention staff develop new and exciting teachings plans for Grade 2, Grade 4 and Grade 6, which would both meet the curriculum guidelines of the various school boards, but also utilize all the resources of the Safety Village. Programs taught in the fire classroom focus on fire prevention, smoke alarms, home escape planning, cooking safety, candle safety, home hazards, dangerous materials, seasonal fire safety, carbon monoxide and burn prevention.

The first portion of the lesson is taught in the classroom and then children are encouraged to express information learned in the classroom as they navigate through the fire hazards in Sparky’s® apartment. Sparky’s® apartment consist of a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, all of which contain several fire hazard which children point out and are discussed. The tour of Sparky’s® apartment is concluded when the bedroom fills with smoke and the children are have to escape the apartment by climbing through the bedroom window.

Program Hours

  • Victoria Day to Labour Day.
  • Monday to Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday between 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.