Québec will hold its annual Fire Prevention Week (in French) from October 6 to 12. The event, which the Ministère de la Sécurité publique du Québec has organized each year since 1990, is a perfect opportunity to promote daily actions that residents can take to prevent fires. A number of activities will be organized across Québec for Fire Prevention Week.
The Service sécurité incendie de Montréal (SIM) is organizing a number of activities over the course of the week. See a full schedule of events here.
This week of prevention activities is also a perfect time to celebrate the extraordinary work and dedication of Québec’s firefighters and prevention officers, who work every day to protect the population during fires and other emergencies.
A little history
Fire Prevention Week, which is celebrated across North America, is held during the week that includes October 9, in memory of the Great Chicago Fire on October 9, 1871. The damages caused by this fire were greater than nearly any other in the history of the United States, with some 250 victims and entire Chicago neighbourhoods that were ravaged. It is estimated that 100,000 people found themselves in the street after their homes burned down.
In 1911, 40 years later, the Fire Marshals Association of North America organized the first Fire Prevention Day in honour of the Chicago fire. Eleven years later, the day was extended into a whole Fire Prevention Week. In Canada, the first national Fire Prevention Week was held in 1919, and in 1990, the Québec government began holding a Fire Prevention Week.