Fire Prevention Week 2019: ‘Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!’

October 4, 2019


Brandon, MB – As we approach Fire Prevention Week 2019 (October 6th through October 12th), Brandon Fire and Emergency Services would like to urge all community members to take note of the theme of this year’s awareness campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” Recognized across North America each October, Fire Prevention Week campaigns work to educate people about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Recent statistics compiled from 10 of 13 of Canada’s provincial & territorial Offices of the Fire Marshall/Fire Commissioner indicate that most fire deaths in Canada occur in the home, where people believe they are safest. These statistics show that Canadian fire departments respond to approximately 25,600 structure fires per year and, in 2015, structure fires caused more than 1,400 injuries and almost 200 deaths across Canada.

Statistics like these shine a light on the fact that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety.  In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

While this message is particularly important when it comes to home fires, these tips apply to virtually any location. Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go. No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.

During Fire Prevention Week in Brandon, the public is invited to learn more about the role of Brandon Fire and Emergency Services, with free guided tours of the No. 1 Fire Hall being offered on Tuesday, Oct. 8th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The community is also invited to stop by BFES’s “Fire Safety Day” public display at Canadian Tire (1655-18th Street) on Friday, Oct. 11th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A pair of popular events for school-aged children – Fire Chief for a Day and Firefighter Celebrity Olympics – are also on tap through the week.

For more information about Brandon Fire and Emergency Services education programming visit or contact Public Educator Heather Penner at 204-729-2403.