Fire Education and Prevention

The risk of fire is one of the greatest threats to health and safety, property and the delivery of essential services in any community. The loss of life or property, as a result of fire, is a tragedy. Industry, government, and indeed everyone, share in the responsibility of protecting Canadians from the consequences of fire.

The Government of Canada is committed to working with First Nations and partners to ensure the safety and well-being of First Nation communities.

Education and awareness on preventing fires is key, as many fires are preventable. Everyone must take steps to protect themselves by learning about how to prevent home fires and taking action. This way, fires can be stopped before they even get started!

New BeFireSafe Campaign

There is no better time than the present to ensure your home and family are prepared in the event of a fire. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and the Aboriginal Firefighters’ Association of Canada (AFAC) have partnered to launch a national year-round BeFireSafe campaign.

The BeFireSafe education campaign will include a series of seasonal fire prevention and safety tips. The focus is to highlight the importance of fire prevention throughout the year both inside and outside the home with the aim of reducing fire-related deaths, injuries, and damages. Raising the level of awareness about the need for fire safety in First Nation communities is something we all need to take seriously.

Check out our BeFireSafe infographic, listen to our Audio News Release about fire safety or go to the bottom of this page for other topics that you may also be interested in.

Fire prevention is important to remember year around. As an example:

  • burning yard waste or open pit fires have contributed to more than 25 per cent of all grass and brush fires;
  • heating appliances are contributing factors in 1 in every 7 reported home fires and 1 in every 6 home fire deaths; and
  • 90 per cent of deaths occur in homes that do not have working smoke detectors.

You can protect your family, home and property by not leaving open fires unattended, operating and maintaining heating equipment, careful storage of chemicals, and practicing barbeque safety.  Additional tips for the home include:

  • keeping anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, or space heaters;
  • having a certified Wood Energy Technically Trained (WETT) person clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year;
  • ensuring a certified Wood Energy Technically Trained (WETT) person installs your wood burning appliances;
  • installing working smoke detectors on every level of your home, just outside of  bedrooms and testing them once a month to ensure the battery is working. Change the battery once a year; installing a Carbon Monoxide detector is just as important as a smoke detector and one should be located on every level of your home; and
  • develop a home escape plan and discuss it and practice it with your family twice a year.

In addition to supporting the Aboriginal Firefighters’ Association of Canada to increase awareness of fire prevention strategies, AANDC is supporting fire safety by providing core capital funding to assist First Nations with training, and the operation, maintenance and the purchase of fire equipment needed to respond to emergencies.

Do you have a tip or story to share on how to BeFireSafe?

Submit your comments via Mail or Email

Email: GareAuFeu_BeFireSafe@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

Via Regular mail:

BeFireSafe
Regional Operations
Community Infrastructure Branch
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
72 Laval Street, 5th floor
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H4

You may also be interested in:

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Health Canada

Canada Safety Council

Yukon

Prince Edward Island

Spring and summer safety tips

Barbecue safety

Careful use and storage of chemicals

Open pit fire safety

Safe burning of yard waste (Grass/leaves)

Other