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!

#BeFireSafe Education 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.


Feb. 10, 2015: In addition to an informative video on the importance of having a home escape plan, related infographic (PDF Format), and Twitter updates, a new audio news release has been added as part of AFAC's continued #BeFireSafe campaign. For further details, including home heating safety for the winter season, visit the AFAC Fire Prevention and Education webpage.

Nov. 24, 2014: As we head into late fall and winter, AFAC has launched its Home Fire Safety campaign with the release of short video on indoor safety around wood burning stoves, fire places and space heaters. Also, check out their infographic and audio news release.

Oct. 5, 2014: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada issued a joint news release to mark Fire Prevention Week Oct. 5 – 11, 2014. This year's theme is "Working smoke alarms save lives: test yours every month."

Visit the AFAC website to view an infographic on smoke alarms (PDF Format) and the importance of having a home escape plan (PDF Format). Also, watch the family escape plan video for more tips.

Learn about the importance of the BeFireSafe campaign by watching the video interview with the Kahnawà:ke Fire Brigade.

Also, listen to AFAC's audio news release on smoke alarm safety and watch the video highlighting the 25th anniversary of the Aboriginal Firefighters Challenge which was held this year in Fort McKay, Alberta.

Plus, tune into AFAC's twitter, facebook and YouTube pages for engaging discussions about fire safety both inside and outside the home year around.

Oct. 3, 2014: Minister Valcourt congratulates the Government of British Columbia, Kidde Canada, Aboriginal firefighters and BC First Nations for the launch of its province wide smoke alarm campaign.

Oct. 2, 2014: The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development joins his counterpart at Public Safety Canada and Fire Prevention Canada in marking Fire Prevention Week Oct. 5 – 11, 2014 and encouraging all Canadians to test their smoke alarms every month. Read the Statement from the Minister of Public Safety officially launching Fire Prevention Week.

July 23, 2014:AANDC has partnered with AFAC in the launch of an educational video, audio news release, and infographic (PDF Format) on barbecue safety.

March 20, 2014: AFAC and AANDC issued a joint news release to announce the launch of the #BeFireSafe education campaign, starting with the release of a #BeFireSafe infographic (PDF Format) and an audio news release about fire safety. (MP3 Format)

Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

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

  • burning yard waste or open pit fires have contributed to more than 25  percent 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 percent 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.

You may also be interested in:

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Health Canada

Canada Safety Council

National Fire Protection Association


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)


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