Fire Prevention Week

"Fire won't wait. Plan your escape at fpw.org" 2022 Fire Prevention Week theme

Fire won't wait. Plan your escape.

The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association—to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week (FPW), October 9-15, 2022. 

Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape," works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.  

Here's a few key tips to keep in mind: 

  • Make sure your home escape plan (PDF) meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities and family pets.  
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet. 
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests. Practice at least once during the day and at night.

Coloring Contest

To help Castle Rock students engage with Fire Prevention Week, CRFD is hosting its annual fire safety coloring contest. This event encourages kids to "Learn the Sounds of Safety" in a creative way. 

Winners will receive a presentation by CRFD at their school, including an ice cream party for their entire class. Winning entries will also be made into a decal placed on the side of a fire truck where it will ride throughout the entire year.

The contest is open to 3rd through 6th graders. To enter, have your student speak to their elementary school teacher, or email us

Check the Coloring Contest page for updates and details.

Safety Activities

It’s important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Have a plan for everyone in the home. 

Protect your loved ones. Plan your home fire escape! Fire won't wait. Plan your escape at fpw.org
Have a home fire escape plan for everyone in your home. Some people may need help.
Knowing two ways out of every room is an important part of your escape plan.
Different homes have different plans. Know what to do if there is a fire.
Have a clear path to your exits.
Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home for everyone to meet.