Central York Fire Services provides an Open House every year in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. The fire safety message from fire prevention week is the theme used for the open house.
Central York Fire Services will again be hosting an open house event this year and the dates for this scheduled event is as follows:
Date: Saturday, September 23rd, 2023
Address: Station 4-5 -- 300 Earl Stewart Drive, Aurora
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
ACTIVITIES: Morning coffee and donuts, BBQ hotdogs, Tim Horton Express Train, Arts and Crafts, Fire Safety Wheel, Vehicle Rescue, Fire Trucks, Prizes, Games, "Sparky the Fire Dog", Fire Extinguisher Demonstration, Fire safety information and much more
THE HISTORY OF FIRE PREVENTION WEEK:
The Great Chicago Fire, occurred on October 9, 1871, and killed
more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than
17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres in 27 hours.
While the origin of the fire has never been determined, there has
been much speculation over how it began. One popular legend,
which was recently refuted by a Chicago historian, is that
Mrs. Catherine O'Leary was milking her cow when the animal
kicked over a lamp, setting the O'Leary barn on fire and starting
the spectacular blaze.
On the Great Chicago Fire's 40th anniversary, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (FMANA) sponsored the first National Fire Prevention Day, advocating an annual observation as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.
Annually, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) chooses a THEME for Fire Prevention Week events. A summary of recent years is as follows:
2022 - "Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape"
2021 - “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”
2020 - "Serve up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!"
2019 - "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. PLAN and PRACTICE your Escape"
2018 - "Look - Listen - Learn - Be aware: Fire can happen anywhere"
2017 - "Every Second Counts - Plan Two Ways Out"
2016 - "Don't Wait - Check the Date!" (Replace smoke alarms every 10 years)
2015 - "Hear the Beep where you Sleep"
2014 - "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives"
2013 - "Prevent Kitchen Fires"
2012 - "Have 2 Ways Out"
2011 - "Protect Your Family From Fire"
2010 - "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!"
2009 - Stay Fire Smart! Don't Get Burned
2008 - Prevent Home Fires
2007 - It's Fire Prevention Week! Practice Your Escape Plan
2006 - Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat
2005 - Use Candles With Care
2004 - It's Fire Prevention Week! Test Your Smoke Alarms
2003 - When Fire Strikes: Get Out! Stay Out!
2002 - Team Up for Fire Safety
2001 - Cover the Bases & Strike Out Fire
2000 - Fire Drills: The Great Escape!
CONTACT INFORMATION: FIRE PREVENTION DIVISION (905) 895-9222