Since it began in 1922, Fire Prevention Week has taken place in early October to raise awareness of fire prevention. 

Fire Prevention Week, October 9 - 15, 2022 

Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week! This year's campaign, "Fire wont wait. Plan your escape.", works to educate our community about simple but important actions, they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from fires. Whether you are at home, at the cottage or trailer or travelling to exciting places, having a fire escape plan is important so that you and your family are prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector sounds.  Have a plan for everyone in your home. Children, older adults and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them!

Open House Event

The Cambridge Fire Department would like to invite you to join us for an Open House to learn all about the importance of fire escape planning. Join us on October 15, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Station 1 (1625 Bishop St. N).

This year's event will include a hazard house, cooking safety demonstrations, fire escape planning activities, presentations for young children on "What's Hot and What's Not" and when and how to call 9-1-1.  Come and meet our staff, get up close for a tour of our fire trucks and have a ride in a fire truck!  Food trucks will be on site so you can purchase food and beverages.  For more details about the Open House, please see the poster below.

Today's homes burn faster than ever.  you may have as little as two minutes (or even less) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds.  Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.


Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. In the event of fire, you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape safely, which is why smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement). Do not put smoke alarms in your kitchen or bathrooms.

Choose an alarm that is listed with the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC), meaning it has met the standards for protection. 

For the best protection, use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are interconnected throughout the home. These can be installed by a qualified electrician, so that when one sounds, they all sound. This ensures you can hear the alarm no matter where in your home the alarm originates.


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