Fire Prevention Week is October 3–9, 2021, and it’s our annual reminder of the importance of fire prevention education at all ages. The National Fire Protection Association believes that every family should have (and practice!) a fire prevention and preparedness plan. Make this topic fun and informative for your family by checking out our list of resources. Both in-person and virtual events are happening this year. Engaging your kids in fire prevention and preparedness goes a long way in keeping everyone safe and sound!
Fire Prevention Week 2021
Naperville Public Safety Open House
September 25, 2021 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
A week or so ahead of Fire Prevention Week, the City of Naperville Fire and Police Departments are co-hosting an open house about all things safety—including fire prevention! There will be live demonstrations, character meetings with Sparky and McGruff, food trucks, and more.
Clarendon Hills Fire Department Open House – CANCELLED
October 2, 2021 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
See fire trucks and safety demonstrations while enjoying refreshments. Meet local firefighters and even Sparky the Fire Dog! Bring your mask and join the fun.
Lemont Fire Protection District Open House
October 2, 2021 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Kids firefighter dress-up, mini combat challenge, Sparky the fire dog and more.
Western Springs Fire Department Open House
October 4, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Firefighter challenge course, put out a “fire” using a real fire hose, take a picture with Sparky, and enjoy giveaways.
Downers Grove Fire Department “Night at the Firehouse”
October 6, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
This in-person event will be held on and will include live demonstrations, equipment, truck, and gear displays, as well as educational games. Kids can even try sliding down a real fire pole! Report to DGFD Station 5 at 6701 Main Street in Downers Grove to join the fun.
Hinsdale Fire and Police Open House
October 9, 2021 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
Get escape plan tips, fire extinguisher demo and testing, play “Fight that Fire” game for kids, meet officers and firefighters, see the fire trucks, and get a tour of the police department.
Elmhurst Fire Department Open House
October 10, 2021 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Educational activities, light refreshments, station tours, and lots of fun (including comfort dogs!). Additionally, there will be a presentation on child passenger safety seating, a topic near and dear to anyone who has a loved kiddo riding in a car seat.
Virtual and At-Home Activities
NFPA Virtual Fire Protection Week
This virtual protection week has games, apps, and videos to help teach your children the importance of fire safety. The 2021 theme is focused on the “Sounds of Safety.”
Ready kids helps your family prepare a disaster kit and helps your family create a plan if a disaster were to occur. There are games and books to help your kids think of way to prepare and plan, so if anything were to happen, everyone is ready and safe.
Sparky offers kids fun activities, games, apps, and videos to make learning about fire prevention fun! Printable and music videos are to engage kids in their education.
Fire Safe Kids
Fire safe kids offers printable, mazes, and games to make fire prevention education engaging. There is even a link to ask a firefighter a question!
Safe Kids Worldwide
This website gives information about carbon monoxide for each age group. You select the age group of your child and it explains how to discuss carbon monoxide in a developmentally appropriate way.
Ideas for Community Outreach
- Write letters to your local fire station and firefighters thanking them for their service
- Create your own fire safety video (and tag us so we can share it!)
- Send your local fire station a catered food delivery or drop off baked goods (always call station ahead to ask if food is welcomed, as well as for details about timing and any food allergies)
For more kid-friendly events in the western suburbs, be sure to check out the Kidlist event calendar.