Fire Prevention Week

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Fire Prevention Week:

National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) Fire Prevention Week 2023 Theme: Cooking safety starts with you

In partnership with the National Fire Protection Association ® (NFPA®) – the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week – the Brantford Fire Department is pleased to celebrate Fire Prevention Week from October 8-14, 2023. This year’s theme, “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention,” effectively serves to remind us of the importance of implementing strong fire prevention practices when we are cooking.

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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.

Fire Prevention Week 2023 Activities

We invite you to join us on the following dates as we give our community the necessary tools and knowledge to stay safe from fire!

  Sunday, October 8 
  • Brantwood Farms, located at 251 Powerline Rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 Tuesday, October 10
  Wednesday, October 11
  • Echo Bowl, located at 760 Colborne Street, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 Thursday, October 12
 Friday, October 13
  • Brantford Bulldogs Home Game, located at 79 Market Street South, from 6:00pm to 9:00 p.m.
 Saturday, October 14 - Fire Prevention Week Open House (Fire Station #2)

To celebrate the end of Fire Prevention Week, Brantford Fire will be hosting an Open House at Fire Station #2, located at 21 Fairview Drive, on Saturday, October 14, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The event will include a variety of family-friendly activities, fire truck tours, the Junior Firefighter Challenge and much more! We will also be hosting a free bbq from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., while quantities last. Bucket rides in an aerial ladder truck are also available for a $25 donation in support of Brant Food For Thought. Spaces are limited for the bucket rides and must be booked online in advance.

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