Fire Prevention Week

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Fire Prevention Week: Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!

In partnerships with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—the Brantford Fire Department is promoting Fire Prevention Week, Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!  to educate the public about the small, but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. 

Join the Brantford Fire Department as they host a series of events in support of Fire Prevention Week, including a number of displays with educational information and a chance to see a fire truck on the following dates:

 

Beckett Building, 219 Colborne St, Brantford

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

Fresh Co., 50 Market St S, Brantford

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, 254 North Park Street, Brantford

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

Elements Casino Brantford, 40 Icomm Dr, Brantford

Thursday, October 10, 2019

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

Lowes - First Alert & OAFC Event, 215 Henry St, Brantford

Friday, October 11, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

To celebrate the end of Fire Prevention Week, an Open House will be taking place at Fire Station #4, 400 Colborne Street West, on Saturday, October 12,2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

Follow Brantford Fire on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for up to date information on Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Brantford or visit www.fpw.org to start planning your home escape.

Fire Prevention Week's history

The history of Fire Prevention Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on October 9, 1871, and killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres in 27 hours.

While the origin of the fire has never been determined, there has been much speculation over how it began. One popular legend, which was recently refuted by a Chicago historian, is that Mrs. Catherine O'Leary was milking her cow when the animal kicked over a lamp, setting the O'Leary barn on fire and starting the spectacular blaze.

On the Great Chicago Fire's 40th anniversary, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (FMANA) sponsored the first National Fire Prevention Day, advocating an annual observation as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.