“Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape” | 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week


Collingwood, ON [October 5, 2022] – October 9-15, 2022, marks the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week™. This year’s theme “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape” works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires. 

Fire Prevention Week is a great time to plan and practice your home fire escape and ensure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home.

Fire Services encourages everyone to get together in your households and plan your escape route including drawing a floor plan of each level of their home marking the following:

  • Two ways out of each room (including windows and doors)
  • An outside meeting place
  • Location of each smoke alarm
  • Location of fire extinguisher(s) and emergency kit if you have either in your home

Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible. Working smoke alarms and fire escape plans save lives! With today’s modern construction materials, fires spread fast.  Having working smoke alarms and a plan in place helps ensure you and your loved ones have every opportunity to escape a fire safely.  Every minute counts. 

“I want to encourage all families and individuals in the Town of Collingwood to think about fire safety tips for staying safe in the home. Review the safety tips provided and talk about them with your family. Families feel comfortable and safe within their home, but statistics show that 73% of all fire deaths occur in the home,” says Fire Chief Dan Thurman. “Although Fire Prevention Week is only one week of the year, it’s important to think about fire safety throughout the entire year. I encourage any family who needs assistance with their home fire escape plan to contact the Collingwood Fire Prevention Division.”

Town of Collingwood Fire Services is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape”, including fire drills with all Collingwood schools and municipal facilities which will be conducted throughout the week.  There is a window display at Town Hall from October 3 – 11, and Fire Prevention week will also be promoted on the LED sign at the Fire Department.

If you have any questions about creating a fire escape plan, smoke alarms, or if you need a smoke alarm and do not have the resources to purchase one, please contact the Town of Collingwood Fire Service at 705-445-3920. Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority!  

NEW! If you would like to subscribe to the Fire Prevention & Education e-Newsletter for future updates and resources, please subscribe at: https://www.collingwood.ca/fire-services. Everyone who subscribes to the e-Newsletter by 4:00 p.m. Friday October 14th will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 25 First Alert smoke/CO alarms with 10 year batteries and one 72hr Emergency kit .

Visit fpw.org for educational resources that can be incorporated into the classroom, safety tips for home and work, activities for all ages, and more!

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