Learn Not To Burn



The Learn not to Burn (LNTB) program teaches school aged children about fire safety as well as the importance of our 911 system in Newfoundland and Labrador. This program has served as the pillar of safety educational programs in Canada for more than 40 years and has been in existence in Newfoundland and Labrador since December 2000. The LNTB program was developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and has been designed to encourage at-home and community participation to strengthen the knowledge that the elementary school children gain in the classroom.

Over the course of a school year, 72 schools are visited across Newfoundland and Labrador reaching approximately 11,000 students. The Fire Department(s) from each of the individual communities assist with the presentation and get involved with the messaging. 

The LNTB presentation includes discussions about fire safety and 911 service, a short video presentation and the hazard house demonstration. After the presentation, the students are given a chance to ask questions related to fire safety. In no order of importance or ranking, below is a sample of the top five questions asked by elementary students:

  1. What is a home fire escape plan and why do I have to get outside and stay outside?
  2. What should I do if you hear a smoke alarm in my home or school?
  3. What do I do if I find matches or a lighter in my home or school?
  4. I know that I need to dial 911 when there’s a fire, but what do I tell them?
  5. Could you explain why firefighters have to wear all that scary clothing and equipment?
Lntb Tom


NL911 and The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services (NLAFS) established a partnership in October 2015 to strengthen education, awareness and promotion of the Province-wide 911 emergency service. The partnership with NLAFS enhances the 911 culture in the Province by educating school children on the benefits of the 911 service. NL911 provided a onetime donation for a new Hazard House educational tool to be used in the LNTB program. The Hazard House is an interactive teaching tool that consists of a fire safety simulator featuring realistic special effects. Its remarkable level of detail and numerous moveable parts are perfect for grabbing and maintaining the attention of the children. 

The partnership with the NLAFS provides NL911 with advertising opportunities in the NLAFS Fire News Magazine - http://www.nlfireservices.com/fire-news.html and speaking opportunities at NLAFS conventions. NL911 is able to speak directly to the fire department stakeholders and the general public of Newfoundland and Labrador to promote the positive message of 911.