Fire Corps Tips for Home Safety Month: Week One
The campaign's theme this year is "Hands on Home Safety," which asks the public to take some simple, hands-on steps to create a safer home environment from the five leading causes of home injury - falls, poisonings, fires and burns, choking or suffocation, and drowning.
Each week this month, Fire Corps is sending out home safety tips that Fire Corps teams can use to educate their communities. Disseminate these tips to your contacts and community members. You can also find the tips online at www.firecorps.org/prevention. For more information on Home Safety Month, including additional resources, visit the Home Safety Council website at: www.homesafetycouncil.org.
Week One: Fire Safety
According to the National Fire Protection Association, residential fires accounted for nearly 3,000 deaths and over 14,000 injuries in 2007, and firefighters responded to a home fire every 79 seconds. Simple steps can be taken throughout the home to reduce the risk of fire and injury/loss of life:
Fire Corps programs can assist communities in taking preventative measures to avoid home fires. Fire Corps teams routinely educate their communities about home safety practices, and home safety checks are conducted by many programs across the country to reduce the risk of fire or injury.
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