AFAC National Fire Prevention Awareness Week 2021 (Formally the National Poster Contest)

NFPA Fire Prevention week is October 3-9, 2021.

This year’s theme is Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety

Every year, the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) collaborates with communities to promote fire safety through our national Fire Safety Poster Contest.

This year, AFAC is shifting the focus from a poster contest to a teacher-led lesson plan on fire prevention for school aged children. This comprehensive package will provide teachers and community educators with everything they need to teach and learn the sounds of fire safety!

Full-time students from preschool to Grade 12 attending a Band or federally operated school are eligible to participate. We also encourage educators working in after school care programs, community centers and other youth programs to participate as well.

What’s included?

Three (3) lesson plans are available and can be tailored to meet the needs of your class or group.

Kindergarten – Primary

20 – 30 mins lesson plan on smoke alarms

Materials include a lesson plan, colouring sheet, and a letter for the family to send home with the student.


30 – 40 mins lesson plan on the top causes of fire, fire extinguishment, and home escape planning. This lesson plan includes a fun and interactive Jeopardy game.

Materials include a lesson plan, activity sheets, colouring sheets, a letter to send home to the family, and an interactive Fire Safety Jeopardy game.

Junior/Senior High School

30 mins lesson plan on how to conduct a fire alarm inspection (i.e. how to change the batteries)

Materials include a lesson plan, supplementary introductory video (YouTube video), youth/adult colouring sheet, and the optional Fire Safety Jeopardy game for review of important fire & life safety information.

Please note: This lesson plan includes a video (to be played at the discretion of the teacher, should they feel it’s appropriate) plus a lecture/discussion type lesson. Props can be added to supplement and the Jeopardy game is also optional.

Register today!

Participating classes or community groups will be required to register by email at

Simply send us the following information:

  • School/Organization Name
  • Community Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Contact Name
  • Contact Number
  • Email
  • Preference for lesson plan by email or by mail.

2021 Participation

Given the ongoing pandemic, and students attending classes virtually, the traditional contest wasn’t feasible for many. The 2021-2022 National Poster Contest instead focused on a fire and life safety in the classroom through teacher-led lesson plans, created for Kindergarten, Youth and Pre-teens.

This year’s Fire Prevention Awareness Week / National Poster Contest would like to acknowledge the following winners for their school displays highlighting the Sounds of Fire.

Le Goff School

Cold Lake First Nations, Alberta

Little Buffalo School/KTCEA

Little Buffalo, Alberta

Tsideldel School

Tsideldel First Nation, British Columbia

Bkejwanong Kinomaagewgamig

Walpole Island, ON

Kikendaasogamig Elementary School,

Neyaashiinigmiing Reserve No. 27, ON