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
- Fire fighters will conduct fire drills at Saanich schools and teach staff and students 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 will be distributed to all Saanich kindergarten through Grade 3 students to learn about preventing home fires and escape planning with their family.
- Community information booths will be held at Tillicum Mall and Uptown Plaza - check back for dates and times!
- Families with young children will be able to build and paint a fire boat at Home Depot Day with our fire fighters. Check back for dates and times!