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Fire Safety & Public Education

Public education and fire safety are the responsibility of everyone in the community. At Fire and Emergency Service-Newfoundland and Labardor, we encourage the education of individuals, especially children, on the importance of fire prevention and fire safety in our homes and workplaces. We have compiled a list of very beneficial web sites that provide extensive information for adults and children alike. Please take the time to browse through and learn a thing or two!

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls throughout North America.

Fire Prevention Week 2014 takes place from October 5 to 11.  This year’s theme is ‘Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives, Test Yours Every Month’. This week, the Provincial Government and fire departments throughout Newfoundland and Labrador are promoting the importance of working smoke alarms.

Make fire safety a priority year-round with these helpful tips:
  • Test your smoke alarms every month.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Choose smoke alarms that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home, including the basement.

    Message to Fire Chiefs from Fire Commissioner on Fire Prevention Week 2014 PDF (198 KB)

    For more information on Fire Prevention Week, please visit www.fpw.org.

    Fire Prevention Week 2014

    Learn Not to Burn Program

    The Learn not to Burn Program presents what children need to know about fire and burn prevention. The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services currently delivers this program, with the financial support of the Provincial Government.

    For more information, please visit www.nlfireservices.com.

    National Fire Protection Association Public Education

    The National Fire Protection Association teaches people of all ages how to make responsible choices regarding health and safety. One of its most important commitments is to give people the knowledge and skills they need to lead safer lives. Fire and Emergency Services-Newfoundland and Labrador is a participating member of the NFPA.

    For more information and an extensive list of educational resources, please visit www.nfpa.org.


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