Fire Prevention Week

Join Lambton Shores Fire and Emergency Services in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week (FPW). This year's FPW campaign is focused on educating everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe from home fires.

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

We hope you will use the resources available on this page to protect your family and household from fire emergencies.

Plan a Record-Breaking Escape!

Home Fire Escape Planning (& Practicing!)

It is important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different.

Have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them!

Smoke Alarms (it's the law!)

Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. Smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement) of your home. Do not put smoke alarms in your kitchen or bathrooms.

Choose an alarm that is listed with a testing laboratory, meaning it has met certain standards for protection.

For the best protection, use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are interconnected throughout the home. These can be installed by a qualified electrician, so that when one sounds, they all sound. This ensures you can hear the alarm no matter where in your home the alarm originates.

Fire Escape Planning Resources

Here are some templates to help you begin planning a home fire escape plan:

Fire Escape Planning Safety Tips

Here are some additional safety tips when planning and practicing your home escape plan:

  • Make sure your home escape plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily
  • Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests
  • Practice at least once during the day and at night

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