Importance of Fire Prevention
In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.
Put a Freeze on Winter Fires
Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires each year. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem. A dry and neglected tree can be.
Only use decorations that are flame-retardant or not flammable.
Check holiday lights each year for frayed wires or excessive wear.
Don’t link more than three strands of holiday lights.
Never leave a burning candle unattended. Consider using battery-operated flame-less candles.
Keep your live Christmas tree away from heat sources and room exits.
Water your live Christmas tree daily to keep it from becoming dry.
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Awareness is key. Everyone can help to prevent arson at construction sites.
Store solvents, fuels and tools in a locked storage container or remove them from the job site when you are not using them.
Request additional patrols or drive-bys from your local law enforcement.
Remove trash and debris from the job site.
Try not to store excess materials on the job site.
Secure doors and windows on structures when crews are not actively working on the property.
Awareness is essential. Become familiar with activities in your neighborhood.
Report odd or suspicious activities to your local law enforcement.
Only 46% of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from a bystander. That statistic includes bystanders who are either certified in BLS or who at least know the fundamentals of hands-only CPR.
Reasons bystanders have given for not providing CPR include:
- that their skills are not up to date (28%)
- CPR is too complicated (24%)
- lack of confidence (18%).
It's hard to believe that anyone would fail to act if they witnessed a cardiac arrest. But, they often do. We in the resuscitation training community can help change that.
The American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and the National Safety Council have combined efforts to focus this year’s CPR and AED awareness week on not only CPR skills, but on bystander willingness to act.
Fire is DARK!
According to a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) survey, 71% of households have a fire escape plan, but only 47% of those have practiced it.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape. ™”, provides an opportunity for fire and life safety organizations to share how important it is for everyone to have a home fire escape plan. You can teach your community about the dangers of fire and smoke. Learning these dangers may help them understand that having a plan is not enough. They need to practice it, so everyone knows what to do if they have a fire in their home.
USFA created new social media cards and a flyer to help you share the dangers of fire. Many in your community probably don’t understand the risks from life-threatening heat and toxic smoke produced in a fire.
Heatstroke can easily take the life of a small child or animal that is left in a vehicle. Please make sure to take the extra steps and make sure there is anyone left in your vehicle when you exit.
- From 1998 to 2018, 795 children died due to vehicular heatstroke. Let’s make that number zero
- In just 10 minutes, a car can heat up by 20 degrees. That’s enough to kill a child left alone in a vehicle.
- Heatstroke from a hot car is the leading cause of not-in-traffic non-crash-related deaths for kids 14 & younger.
- It doesn’t happen to “bad parents”: it can happen to any parent or caregiver. Never leave your child in a car alone.
Check your car before you lock it. Your car can stand the heat, your child can’t. Make it a habit to look in the back seat EVERY time you exit your vehicle. If you see a child or animal alone in a vehicle, try to find the parents and call 911 if the child seems to be in distress or non-responsive.
In the UNITED STATES 450,000 Americans receive medical treatment for burn injuries each year via hospital or emergency room admissions. This does not include clinic or private medical office visits.
3,400 Americans die annually from fire, burns, or smoke inhalation. These numbers are combined because, in some cases, it can be difficult to pinpoint a cause of death.
Of these deaths, 2,550 are from residential fires, 300 are from automobile crashes, 150 are from non-residential fires, and 400 come from contact with electricity, scalding liquids, or hot objects.
40,000 Americans are hospitalized each year for burn injuries. Around 30,000 are hospitalized at one of the nation’s 127 burn centers.
The survival rate for those admitted to Burn Centers exceeds 96%.
Nearly 70% of patients at burn centers are male.
In 2004, nearly all (96%) U.S. homes had at least one smoke alarm. Only 75% had at least one that worked.
Of those admitted to burn centers, the cause of their burns breaks down as follows:
43% fire or flame
9% contact with hot object
While great strides have been made in burn injury prevention and treatment, such injuries are still prevalent and extremely dangerous.
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
- In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
- Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
- Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.
Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away. Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time.
Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kid's toys, pocketbooks or bags
Keep knives out of the reach of children.
Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children (up high in a locked cabinet).
Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.