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

Fire Prevention Week, October 8 - 14, 2023 

Join us in celebrating Fire Prevention Week! This year's campaign, 'Cooking safety starts with YOU', 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, if you pay attention to fire prevention, you and your family are prepared in advance.  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 safe cooking. 

Join us on the following dates: 

  • October 10th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Stations 1, 1625 Bishop St. N or Station 6, 485 Boxwood Dr.
  • October 11th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Station 5, 490 Main St.
  • October 12th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Station 4, 91 St. Andrews St.
  • October 13th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Stations 2, 11 Tannery St. or Station 3, 525 King Street E.

This year's event will include, 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. 

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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