In Canada, most fire deaths occur in the home, where people believe they are most safe. Canadian fire departments respond to roughly 25,600 structure fires per year. In 2015, structure fires caused more than 1,400 injuries and almost 200 deaths.
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.
Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go. No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.
Learn more about preparing your home fire escape plan.
Fire Prevention Week Activities
- Saanich fire fighters conducted 36 fire drills at Saanich schools and taught 4,250 students, teachers and staff what to do in a fire, how to respond to the sound of a fire alarm and where to meet up after an evacuation.
- Activity booklets were distributed to Grade 2 and 3 public Saanich students to learn about preventing home fires and escape planning with their family.
- Community information booths were held at Tillicum Mall, Uptown Centre and the Old Navy Safety Fair to promote Fire Prevention Week themes of the importance of having a home escape plan and practicing it. The booths were all well attended by the public with lots of interaction with families. Lots of fun and fire prevention activity books, fire safety brochures and information were distributed.