Pickering Fire Services takes great pride in ensuring the safety of our community. The Fire Prevention Section is overseen by the Deputy Chief, Administration and provides direction to the Chief Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Prevention Officer, and Fire Inspectors.

Our goal is to educate residents on the probability of fires happening, common causes of fire in our community and empower them to take action to protect their family from fire. Informing the public on prevention measures is a critical component in keeping our residents and their property safe from fire.

Every October, we participate in the Office of the Fire Marshal's Fire Prevention Week Events. Each year, hundreds of people come out to the events where they can speak with Fire Prevention staff about fire safety at various locations throughout the City.

2023 Fire Prevention Week

October 8 - 14, 2023

Pickering Fire Services is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners, and the Co-Operators to celebrate Fire Prevention Week (October 8th – 14th, 2023).

This year’s theme is ‘Cooking safety starts with you – pay attention to fire prevention,’ educating citizens about the important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe when cooking.

“Cooking remains the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries,” said Lorraine Carli, Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy, NFPA. “Fire Prevention Week is a great opportunity to bring together fire service, injury prevention, and school and community education professionals to teach people easy and safe ways to prevent cooking fires and burns.”

“Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in Pickering,” said Fire Chief Steve Boyd, Pickering Fire Services. “We are committed to preserving life, property, and the environment through effective public education. We encourage community members to pay attention to fire prevention and take the necessary steps to stay safe when cooking, this week and beyond.”

Pickering Fire is sharing the below tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen while cooking and keep an eye on the stove (set a timer as a reminder).
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove, and always keep a lid nearby. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.
  • Have a ‘kid-free zone’ of at least 1 metre around the stove, and areas where hot foods and/or drinks are being prepared or carried.

Pickering Fire will be hosting a drop-in community event at the Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex on Saturday, October 14 from 10 am to 1 pm, where community members can learn important fire safety tips, meet Sparky the Fire Dog, tour fire trucks, and ask staff their questions.

Visit fpw.org to learn more about this year’s campaign.

Visit LetsTalkPickering.ca/PickeringFire to learn more about Pickering Fire Services or to ask Pickering Fire Services fire-related questions.

Services provided by the Fire Prevention Section

Fire Prevention & Rescue Fees