Overview

The 2019 Fire Prevention Week was held from October 6 to 12th. The campaign focused on the importance of taking actions to keep you and your loved ones safe.
 
We encourage you to browse our fire safety pages, or go to the National Fire Protection Association website for information and resources you can use all year long.

Plan and practise your escape

You and your loved ones should have a fire escape plan with 2 ways out of every room, and a path that leads to the outside of your home or building. Be sure to have a meeting place in your plan where everyone should gather.

Once you are safely out of your home, call 911 or your local community fire department. Ensure all capable members of your household are also able to dial 911, and know when to do so.

Common causes of house fires

You can reduce the risk of house fires by being aware of the top causes and learning how to prevent them.

  • Cooking: Always stay in the kitchen, or have someone watch for you, when you are cooking.
  • Heating equipment: Give your space heaters space and be sure to unplug them when you leave the house or when you are not using them.
  • Electrical: Don’t overload sockets. Check for faulty wiring regularly and always unplug small appliances when you are not using them.
  • Smoking: Cigarettes or other materials not properly extinguished can smolder undetected for days before bursting into flames. Make sure to extinguish them.
  • Candles: Blow out all candles before you leave a room or go to bed. Never leave candles unattended.

For more information on the top causes of household fires, visit the National Fire Protection Association website.

Smoke alarms

Simply put, smoke alarms save lives. To help keep you and your loved ones safe, always practise the following:

  • Ensure you have working alarms on every level of your home.
  • Install alarms within 5 metres of every bedroom.
  • Test your alarm each month.
  • Replace your smoke alarm if it’s more than 10 years old.

For more information, including a short video on testing and replacing alarms, please visit National Fire Protection Association: Smoke alarms.

Resources

You can help raise awareness in your community on fire safety by sharing information with others. Visit one of our topic pages on fire safety awareness, such as Fire Safety for Children or Electrical Fire Safety, for information and resources.

You can also visit the National Fire Protection Association Toolkit web page for downloadable social media graphics, activities for children, tip sheets and a media kit.

Additional information

Media package

The following articles focus on some of the leading causes of house fires in Alberta. Help raise awareness in your community and reduce chances of tragedy by sharing this information online or in print.