Fire Prevention Week
Thank you for participating in Fire Prevention Week 2022. Check back in October 2023 for details about next year.
From Oct. 9 to 15, 2022, Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service celebrated Fire Prevention Week. The theme, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape,” worked to educate everyone about the importance of having and practising a home fire escape plan so everyone knows what to do in an emergency. Read the City’s public service announcement for vital fire safety tips.
Plan your escape
Making and practising your home escape plan can prepare your family for the worst-case scenario. Here’s how:
- Draw your home’s floor plan, including all doors, windows and stairs for each level, and note any features that could help you escape, such as a garage or a balcony.
- Mark at least two escape routes from each room so if the door is blocked, you know another way out.
- Designate a meeting spot outside of your home – for example, a street sign or a mailbox – to call 9-1-1 and wait while the fire department arrives. A meeting place allows you to count everyone and inform firefighters if anybody is still inside. Never go back into a burning building.
Is someone in your household elderly, or do they have a medical, mental health or physical condition that would require help getting to safety? Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service has a free voluntary Vulnerable Persons Registry that first responders reference during an emergency so they know to provide special assistance to those who need it.
Learn about more fire prevention and safety tips in and around the home to help keep you and your family safe throughout the year.