Fire Prevention Week 2023

Fire Prevention Week 2023

Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2023

The 2023 Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention.” The goal is to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe when cooking.

Did you know? Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths.

What can you do? The good news is you can prevent most cooking fires and burns. Help keep your family safety with some simple but effective tips.

  • Stand by your pan. If you leave the kitchen, turn off your burner.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so that no one can bump them or pull them over.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • Open microwaved food slowly, away from the face.
  • Keep the stovetop, oven, and the burners clean.
  • WATCH what you heat. Set a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.
  • When your grill is in use, it should be kept in an open space, away from anything that might catch fire, including siding, deck railings, eaves, or tree branches. Never leave a lit grill unattended.
  • Keep a 3-foot “Kid Free Zone” away from the stove and the grills.

Saturday, October 14, 2023
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. for quiet hour
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. our doors will be open to the general public 
Fire Department Station 1, 879 Conception Bay Highway

Please join us as we host our 50th Anniversary and our Fire Prevention Week Open House. There will be lots to see and do during your visit, refreshments, fire prevention takeaway bags, bouncy castle, kid size obstacle course, a visit with Sparky the Fire Dog and much more!

No RSVP required. If you are feeling unwell we kindly ask that you skip the event.

Calling all Conception Bay South students in grades K-4!! 

As we are super busy during Fire Prevention Week, Fire Chief Heffernan is looking for someone to help him with his job duties. If you want to see what it’s like to be the Fire Chief, fill out the online form below for your chance to win.

Our Fire Chief for a Day winner will be treated to the following: Picked up and brought to school in our fire truck. Escorted to his classroom by firefighters. Picked up and treated to lunch. After lunch, we will return the winner to school and return at the end of the day to pick him up from school. The winner will receive  a special prize package and all classmates will receive fire prevention bags. The winner will also be invited to attend our open house as our guest of honor. In addition, the entire class will be treated to a pizza party at an agreed upon time.

The anticipated date for the Fire Chief for a Day activities is Friday, October 13, 2023. This will be determined with the school upon selection of the winner.

Parents please note:  Contest submissions are due online by Thursday, October 5, 2023. A random winner will be selected from all entries on Friday, October 6, 2023. Students applying must be in grades K-4 and attend school within Conception Bay South. When the winner is picked, we will reach out to the parent contact for confirmation. Winners first name and last initial and school will be announced on social media.

** Activities listed are subject to operational requirements**

**Contest is now closed**

This contest is open to children ages 5 and under who are residents of Conception Bay South. Submit your entry through our online form by Monday, October 17, 2023 and your name will be entered for a chance to win a Fire Prevention Week prize!   

Fire Prevention Week 2023 Colouring Contest


Submit your entry through our online form by Monday, October 17, 2023 and your name will be entered for a chance to win a Fire Prevention Week prize! Contest is open to all residents of Conception Bay South. 

Scavenger Hunt 2023

What else can families do at home to help promote fire safety?

Online Learning
Visit, which is Sparky the Fire Dog’s very own website, to find lots of educational and fun content for children. You can also visit the Town’s YouTube Channel to watch important safety videos from our very own firefighters!

Smoke and CO Detectors
Check all fire detectors in your home to ensure they are working. Detectors have a manufacture’s expiration date; usually it is 10 years, typically found on the back around the battery compartment. Change the batteries twice year. If you have an elderly family member or neighbour, offer to check their detectors and change the batteries.

Homes that require a carbon monoxide detector are homes that burn fuels such as gas, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odourless, colorless gas. The only chance at detecting this gas in your home is with a carbon monoxide detector. Change the batteries twice a year. A good reminder for changing batteries in your home smoke or CO detectors is to do so when we change the clocks for daylight savings time.

Visible House Numbers
Make sure your house number is clearly visible from the road and that it is not obstructed by trees, bushes, etc. First responders rely on house numbering to help guide them to an emergency.

Presentations & Resources
The Fire Department offers virtual presentations. If you would like to schedule a presentation, please contact the Fire Department at  834-6500 ext. 801. You can also pre-order safety materials, available for pickup at Fire Department Station 1 in Topsail. 

Safety Tip Sheets
Please review our safety tip sheets. In the event of a fire, ensure everyone is aware of a meeting place. Know two ways out of every room and practice your home fire escape plan. Teach young children not to hide and prepare them for firefighters to look different when they are wearing their fire protection.

Winter Storm Safety
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Winter Holiday Safety
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Smoke Alarms at Home
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Pet Fire Safety
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Ice Water Safety
645.7 KB Download
Hurricane Safety Tips
400.8 KB Download
How to make a home fire escape plan
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Heating Safety
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Generator Safety Tips
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Fireworks Safety
573.2 KB Download
Fire Safety During Winter Storms
1.5 MB Download
Escape Planning Tips
660.9 KB Download
Emergency Supplies Kit Checklist
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Electrical Cooking
6.8 MB Download
Electric Portable Heater Safety
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Cooking Safety
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Christmas Tree Safety
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Carbon Monoxide Safety
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Candle Safety Tips
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Boating Safety
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