Fire Awareness Month


Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

During the month of October, the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department will present interactive videos, scavengers hunt, give-aways, and other information for our community.

WEEK 4 (October 25th – 31st)

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to the safety of those little trick-or-treaters. Fortunately, parents and kids can do lots of easy things to stay safe on the spookiest of holidays.

Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic is a chance for you and your children to get creative and maybe even invent some new traditions for your family! It is an excellent time to teach children the importance of protecting not just themselves but also others. 

Finding safe ways to celebrate can create long-lasting memories. The decisions we make can have a ripple effect beyond our own families. 

Here are a few coloring activities you can download courtesy of FirstAlert.com


WEEK 3 (October 18th – 24th)

THANK YOU to all those who came out to our “We Miss You Too Drive-Thru” event this past weekend. It was so great to see the people we serve in the community and to be able to see the smiles on kids’ faces, even with masks on, when Marshall from Paw Patrol came out.

This week, we want to continue with our theme of Fire Saftey. There are times when children are frightened by people in uniforms, especially when they are in their full protective gear. From our military family to our firefighters – this can be scary, especially when the situation is real and dangerous.

We hope to see everyone this week at our “Funds for Friends” Fundraiser event at The Green Turtle in Burtonsville on Thursday, October 22nd, from 11 am to 2 am. The Greene Turtle will donate 20% of all sales to the Burtonsville Volunteer Department. You can print out the coupon HERE.


WEEK 2 (October 11th – 17th)

We kick off our 2nd week of BVFD’s Fire Awareness Month, focusing on fire safety in your home. These ideas include easy suggestions you and your family can start doing, such as #CloseBeforeYouDoze, to looking at the type of furniture material you have in your home and how it reacts to fire. 

As BVFD safety influencers, please help share these messages’ benefits as a potentially life-saving measure against fast-moving home fires.

This week, please join us on Saturday, October 17th, from 12 pm to 3 pm, at our “Social Distancing WE MISS YOU TOO Drive-Thru Event” at Epiphany Luthern Church.   Kids of all ages can see and wave at Marshall, the Dalmatian from Paw Patrol, and the BVFD Friendly Firefighter. (MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED)

Please view the flyer HERE.



WEEK 1 (October 4th – 10th)

During this first week of our Fire Awareness Month, we want to provide an opportunity to inform and educate our community about the importance of fire safety.

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has everything you need to include safety tips sheets to printable activities.

This week our focus is on Kitchen Safety.

Before you begin cooking, it’s a good idea to learn a few rules in the kitchen. It’s easy to get injured in the kitchen if you’re not careful, and a cut or burn will put an end to your fun cooking session.

Here is a helpful poster on Kitchen Safety courtesy of the NFPA:


Monday, October 4th
Kickoff & Kitchen Safety


Saturday, October 17th
BVFD Fire Awareness Drive-Thru Event
Location: Epiphany Lutheran Church – 14411 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866
Time: 12 pm to 3 pm
Social Distancing and masks are required


Thursday, October 22nd
The Green Turtle and Friends Fundraiser
Location: 15660 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866
11 am to 2 am
Flyer and Coupon HERE


Sunday, October 25th
BVFD unveils new Heavy Rescue Squad (RS715)
Time: TBD