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RECENT SPIKE IN HOUSE FIRES RAISE CONCERNS AND AWARENESS - Saturday, January 4, 2014

With the recent residential structure (house) fires, the concern of inadequate or smoke alarms at all raise some red flags; fires leaving one man dead, one occupant and five firefighters injured, two houses destroyed, and seven residents displaced.

Read/Download the entire Press Release (PDF) - http://web.monroefire.com/Portals/78/MVFD%20Jan%202014%20release.pdf

 
Stevenson Fire Fund Drive - Monday, January 3, 2011

Please support the 2010 Stevenson Fire Fund Drive

 
Services for Lieutenant Velasquez and Firefighter Baik - Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Attention all members attending the wakes and/or funerals for the Line of Duty Deaths of  Lieutenant Velasquez and Firefighter Baik.

Wakes:  Stevenson Personnel are to assemble in full dress uniform (or other appropriate attire) at Stevenson Station 2 and be ready to depart for the wakes  Thursday at 14:00.  (we will carpool)

Funeral: Stevenson Personnel are to assemble in full dress uniform (or other appropriate attire) at Stevenson Station 2 and be ready to depart at 07:30 (carpool down to bpt)

http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/news/fullstory/newsid/112885

 
Officers for the 2010-2012 Term - Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Stevenson Volunteer thanks the officers who served for the 2008-2010 term and  proudly announces the following officers for the 2010-2012 term.

2010 - 2012
Line Officers
Rank Name
Chief Robert Galbrailth
1st Asst. Chief Ed Holden
2nd Addt Chief John Howe
Captain Brian Greco
1st LT Steve Kosisko
2nd LT Don Clark
3rd LT Jeff Giordano
Safety Dave York
Dive Capt Jon Wildman
Engineer Alex Deluca
2010 - 2012
Corporate Officers
Position Name
President Geoffrey Giordano
Vice President Josh Smith
Town Treasurer John Howe
Company Treasurer Gary Czarnecke
Secretary jerri Wiley
Director Jon Wildman
Director Steve Kosisko
Director Dave York

 

 

 
Stevenson Fire Mourns Passing of Former Selectman Buzi - Sunday, April 25, 2010

Former Selectman Tom BuziIt is with a heavy heart that the Town of Monroe Fire Departments report the passing of former Monroe First Selectman Tom Buzi.   Mr. Buzi, 59, passed away on April 23, 2010 at his home after a long battle with cancer.  Tom was a longtime friend of Monroe's fire service and played a big part in the town's recent fleet-purchase of its six new firetrucks and inter-operable radio system.

Tom is survived by his wife, Pamela and son Adam; a brother, Gregory and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Todd.

 
Thank You - Monday, March 29, 2010

To all who supported our Pancake Breakfast Fund Raiser, Thank You!

 
Stevenson Volunteer Fire Company - Thursday, March 11, 2010

 

 
USFA Releases Winter Residential Building Fires Report - Thursday, March 4, 2010

Report Shows Importance of Family Preparedness and Fire Safety

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) issued a special report today examining the causes and characteristics of winter residential building fires – those that occur in January, February, and March.  The report, Winter Residential Building Fires, was developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center and is further evidence of FEMA’s commitment to sharing information with fire departments and first responders around the country to help them keep their communities safe. 

» Read Winter Residential Building Fires (PDF, 1.0 Mb)

"Our nation’s residential building fire experience is collectively highest in the winter season," said Kelvin J. Cochran, United States Fire Administrator. "In the first three weeks of this February, 187 civilian fire deaths have been reported to the USFA. It is important each household be prepared and practice fire safety. The Winter Residential Building Fires topical report should be of great value to all firefighters and local journalists. Join with the USFA and share this information with your communities, have working smoke alarms, and take the necessary steps which can prevent fires."

The report is part of the Topical Fire Report Series and is based on 2005 to 2007 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).  According to the report, an estimated 108,400 winter residential building fires occur annually in the United States, resulting in an estimated average of 945 deaths, 3,825 injuries, and $1.7 billion in property loss.  Cooking is the leading cause of winter residential building fires at 36 percent followed by heating at 23 percent, and winter residential building fires occur mainly in the early evening hours, peaking from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Approximately half of winter residential building fires are small incidents that are confined to noncombustible containers and rarely result in serious injury or large content losses.  However, the other half of these types of fires are not confined and, on average, result in approximately twice the number of fatalities and injuries as all residential building fires.

The topical reports are designed to explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in NFIRS. Each topical report briefly addresses the nature of the specific fire or fire-related topic, highlights important findings from the data, and may suggest other resources to consider for further information. Also included are recent examples of fire incidents that demonstrate some of the issues addressed in the report or that put the report topic in context.

 
Fire in the United States Now Available from USFA - Saturday, January 30, 2010

United States Fire Administrator Kelvin J. Cochran announced today the availability of the fifteenth edition of Fire in the United States. This edition of Fire in the United States covers the 5-year period from 2003 to 2007, with a primary focus on 2007. The purpose of the report is to aid the fire service, local leadership, and the general public with fire loss information which may be used to set priorities, establish and evaluate specific fire programs, and serve as a guide for fire data analyses at state and local levels of government.

“Since the inception of the United States Fire Administration in 1974, we have endeavored to provide the fire and emergency services the data it needs to combat the fire problem which still exists in the country” Cochran said. “This fifteenth edition of the Fire in the United States will emphasize the areas which still need improvement so we may continue to reduce the nation’s fire losses, especially deaths and injuries.”

The report focuses on the national fire problem and provides an overview of fires and losses in buildings, vehicles and other mobile properties, and other properties. The report also examines fire and fire loss trends, fire casualties by population characteristics, and fire cause profiles by property type. Detailed analyses of the residential and nonresidential building fire problems will be published as stand-alone reports.

Fire in the United States is a statistical overview of fires in the United States, focusing on the latest year in which data were available at the time of preparation. The primary source of data is the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), along with data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), State Fire Marshals’ offices, U.S. Census Bureau, and the Consumer Price Index.

Fire in the United States

may be downloaded from the USFA’s Web site at

http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/statistics/reports/fius.shtm

Printed copies are expected to be available at a later date.

 
USFA Fire Safety Focus on Older Adults - Saturday, January 30, 2010

Adults age 65 and older are at a higher risk of death from fire than any other age group. According to the USFA report Fire in the United States Fifteenth Edition, older adults account for approximately 32 percent of all fire deaths. Fire prevention and planning are key elements in reducing the risk of deaths and injuries from fire. 

The growth in the number and proportion of older adults is unprecedented in the history of the United States. Two factors — longer life spans and aging baby boomers — will combine to double the population of Americans aged 65 and older to 71 million by 2030 (source: CDC), making fire prevention and education even more important for this at risk group.

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USFA Releases Residential Building Heating Fires and Portable Heater Fires Topical Reports - Saturday, January 30, 2010

EMMITSBURG, MD. – The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announces the release of two special reports regarding heating fires and portable heater fires in residential buildings.   An estimated average of 54,500 heating fires in residential buildings occurs each year in the United States.  Annually, these fires are responsible for an estimated 190 civilian fire deaths, 625 civilian fire injuries, and $286 million in property loss. 

Heating is the second leading cause of all residential building fires, following cooking, and is most prevalent during the winter when the use of central heating systems, portable heaters, and fireplaces is most common.  Portable heaters account for an estimated average of 3,800 fires in residential buildings and result in 115 deaths, 250 injuries, and $98 million in property damage each year.  Fifty percent of portable heater fires occur because the heat source is too close to combustibles.  

The reports, Heating Fires in Residential Buildings and Portable Heater Fires in Residential Buildings, were developed by the USFA’s National Fire Data Center as part of its Topical Fire Report Series and are based on data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) for 2005 to 2007.  The reports examine the causes and characteristics of all heating fires and portable heater fires that occur in residential buildings.

Copies of the topical reports can be downloaded from:  http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/statistics/reports/

 
NFPA Smoke Alarm Awareness Campaign - Saturday, January 30, 2010

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released new materials to help communities raise awareness about the life-saving benefits of smoke alarms. Keeping Your Community Safe and Sound is a free collection of educational resources that make up an online tool kit to be used by local fire departments and others interested in raising community awareness about the need for smoke alarms, and providing valuable information about them.

“The importance of having smoke alarms in the home is often overlooked even though the benefits of having them are often life saving,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of communications. “The death rate in reported home fires without working smoke alarms is twice as high as homes with working smoke alarms. It is critical that people understand the need to install them and how to maintain them to better protect themselves.”

According to the NFPA report on smoke alarms, 40 percent of home fire deaths resulted from fires with no smoke alarms in the home. Twenty-three percent of home fire deaths resulted from homes where a smoke alarm was present, but did not sound. In over half of these cases, the alarm did not sound because of disconnected or missing batteries. Having a working smoke alarm reduces the risk of death in a home fire by nearly 50 percent.

The resource tool kit materials are available for fire departments, public educators, or the general public and can be found online for no cost at www.nfpa.org/safeandsound. Printable materials include:  facts and figures on smoke alarms, handouts, public service print ads, videos on the basics of smoke alarms and safety tips, and other tools for communication.

In addition to being a source for public education materials on smoke alarm awareness and research findings on home fire deaths involving smoke alarms, NFPA is committed to smoke alarm awareness as the developer and publisher of NFPA 72:  National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

Keeping Your Community Safe and Sound is one of

seven free educational toolkits available from NFPA

. Others include

Keeping Your Community Safe with Home Fire Sprinklers, Keeping Your Community Safe and Energized, Keeping Your Community Cooking Safely, Keeping Your Community Safe and Warm, More Ways to Keep Your Community Safe and Warm

, and

Preparing Your Community for a Disaster. 
 
Christmas 2009Christmas 2009 - Saturday, December 5, 2009
Our members out did themselves again this year! read more ...
stevensonfire.com email addresses - Wednesday, November 25, 2009
All members and juniors now have a stevensonfire.com email address. Addresses are of the form @stevensonfire.com.
For example: GeoffreyGiordano@stevensonfire.com.

Email is accessed at the following URL: http://mail.stevensonfire.com

See either Jeff or Chief Howe for password information. 
Come see the new trucks! - Thursday, October 1, 2009

Saturday October 3rd 2009 11:00AM - 1:00PM

Wolfe Park
285 Cutlers Farm Rd Monroe
All are welcome to attend! Come touch a truck!
Refreshments will be provided.
 
Fire Corps Home Safety Checklist and Smoke Alarms Now Available - Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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.

Fire Corps has created the Home Safety Checklist to help your Fire Corps team implement a home safety check program in your community. The Checklist provides a basic, step-by-step approach to ensure residents in your community are safer and more secure. Use the Checklist to identify hazards in and around the home, as well as hazards that are associated with a variety of household situations, including those where children, older residents, pets, and/or those with disabilities may reside.

To assist your program in providing critical services to your community through home safety checks and other prevention activities, Fire Corps has partnered with First Alert to establish a smoke alarm donation program for registered Fire Corps programs. Your program may apply for these free smoke alarms by filling out the Smoke Alarm Request Form. Please keep in mind that quantities are limited and restrictions apply. 

 
Please Vote - Monday, May 4, 2009

The Stevenson Volunteer Fire Company urges all registered voters in the Town of Monroe to VOTE in the May 12, 2009 budget referendum.

 
Busy Saturday for Stevenson Firefighters - Monday, April 27, 2009

Saturday, April 25th our Volunteer Firefighters

  • Won "Best in Shirts" at the Statford Parade
  • Assisted Stepney with a structure fire
  • Assisted Monroe with a large brush fire

www.connpost.com/localnews/ci_12228436

 
Stevenson Fire called to Weston to assist with a large brush fire. - Wednesday, March 25, 2009

On March 24th at 12:21, the Stevenson Volunteer Fire Company responded mutual aid to Weston to assist with a large brush fire.

Channel 8 news coverage

 
Change your clock, Change your battery - Saturday, March 7, 2009

3/7/2009: Tonight we change our clocks, remember to change the battery in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries, and have contributed to an almost 50% decrease in fire deaths since the late 1970s.

What to know about smoke alarms
The NFPA fact sheet (PDF, 639 KB) includes information on ionization vs. photoelectric technologies, nuisance alarms, and misleading TV demonstrations on smoke alarm performance.

Facts & figures

  • A 2004 telephone survey found that 96% of U.S. households had at least one smoke alarm, yet in 2000-2004, no smoke alarms were present or none operated in almost half (46%) of the reported home fires.
  • An estimated 890 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms.
  • 65% of reported home fire deaths in 2000-2004 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
     



Source: NFPA

 
NFPA launches new initiative to help Bring Safety Home with Fire Sprinklers - Friday, January 30, 2009

Campaign will focus on encouraging sprinkler adoptions for new one- and two-family homes on a statewide and local level

Quincy, Mass. – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has launched the Fire Sprinkler Initiative: Bringing Safety Home. The Fire Sprinkler Initiative will provide materials and resources to people and organizations working to encourage the adoption of requirements for automatic fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes.

Currently, 80 percent of fire deaths occur in the home, killing nearly 3,000 people each year. The Fire Sprinkler Initiative is dedicated to saving lives through the use of this proven technology. Homes with automatic fire sprinklers and working smoke alarms reduce the risk of an occupant dying in a fire by 82 percent.

“The Fire Sprinkler Initiative will make available important tools that can be used by people working on the front lines to get sprinkler requirements passed in their communities,” says NFPA President James M. Shannon. “For years, NFPA has been a strong supporter of home fire sprinklers through our public education and code development efforts. In this campaign, we’ve taken the next step to support public safety advocacy and help save lives.”

The Fire Sprinkler Initiative will include a variety of proven and effective ways that home fire sprinkler advocates can communicate the impact and importance of sprinkler requirements. The Initiative’s Web site – www.firesprinklerinitiative.org – will be the source of materials advocates can use when talking to community leaders, elected officials, and others to get home sprinkler requirements in place, either through ordinances or adoption of model safety codes.

A discussion forum will be hosted on the Web site, where advocates from the across the country will be able to share helpful information about the home fire sprinkler movement and encourage adoptions in their communities. The Initiative will also incorporate social networking sites to help the fire service and other advocates stay connected as never before. In addition, NFPA’s regional staff will provide support to help put in place local and statewide sprinkler requirements.

“The launch of this campaign could not come at a more critical time,” says Maryland State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard. “We need to bring a higher level of fire safety into new homes – not only for ourselves, but for future generations. This campaign will help spur public safety advocates to make home fire sprinkler adoptions a reality.”

 “Coordination and support from The Fire Sprinkler Initiative will help the fire service community and sprinkler advocates across the country increase safety for both our residents and fire service personnel,” says Park Forest, Ill. Fire Chief Robert Wilcox. “Sprinkler requirements can be implemented and they will save lives.”

 
USFA– Focus on Winter Safety: Fire Safety - Tuesday, December 2, 2008

During the winter months, residential fires are more prevalent than they are in the spring or summer. This is due, in part, to an increase in the number of cooking and heating fires. With colder temperatures, many people resort to using fireplaces, wood stoves, space heaters, and alternative heating methods such as cooking stoves to keep warm.

To ensure a fire safe winter season, be sure furnaces and chimneys are professionally cleaned and smoke alarms are properly maintained and in good working condition.

Learn More »

 
FHWA Modifies Federal Rule for Firefighters - Vest Rule goes into effect November 24, 2008 - Friday, November 21, 2008

On November 21, 2008, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued an  interim  final rule revising the Worker Visibility rule (23CFR 634) to create an exemption for the firefighting community.  This interim Final rule allows firefighters or other emergency responders working within the right-of-way of a Federal-aid highway and engaged in emergency operations that directly expose them to flame, fire, heat, and/or hazardous materials to wear retroreflective turn-out gear that is specified and regulated by other organizations, such as the National Fire Protection Association.  Firefighters or other emergency responders working within the right-of-way of a Federal-aid highway and engaged in any other types of operations shall wear high-visibility safety apparel  as defined in this rule.   The FHWA decided to issue this interim final rule to address safety concerns raised by fire fighting community.   The interim final rule was published in the Federal Register today and goes in effect on November 24, 2008.  This rule can be accessed  at the following link:
 
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-27671.pdf

 
Number of Large-loss Fires up by More than 54 Percent in 2007 - Friday, November 14, 2008

NFPA Journal publishes article on large-loss fires

Findings from the soon-to-be released report Large-Loss Fires in the United States 2007 are featured in the latest issue of NFPA Journal, the official magazine of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Each year, NFPA publishes details on large-loss fires and explosions in the United States that each resulted in property damage of at least $5 million. There were 25 more large-loss fires in 2007 than in the previous year, accounting for an increase of more than 54 percent.

In 2007, 71 fires occurred that resulted in losses of $5 million or more, compared to 46 in 2006.  These fires accounted for less than one percent of the estimated number of fires in 2007, but accounted for 24 percent of the total estimated dollar loss from fires.

Other key findings from the report:

  • Large-loss fires killed 19 civilians, injured 168 firefighters and 67 civilians.
  • Large-loss fires resulted in $3.5 billion in direct property loss in 2007. (Total fire loss for 2007 was $14.6 billion.)
  • Property loss from large-loss fires was up by almost $3 billion in 2007.
  •  Most of the increase in dollar loss in 2007 is attributed to the Southern California Firestorm.
  • The Southern California Firestorm was one of 20 fires that caused more than $20 million in property damage.  It was also one of five fires that resulted in a loss of more than $100 million.

NFPA Journal’s November/December issue also includes the following features:

Dust:  When a nuisance becomes deadly
Special Hazards Fire Investigation
Integrated Building Systems
Firefighter Injuries for 2007
 

 
Fatal Home Fires jumped nearly 68% during cooler months - Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Newburyport, MA – “Home fire season” starts now, and the Center for Campus Fire Safety  is working in conjunction with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to make this year’s cold months safer than last years – when there was a dramatic increase in home fire deaths. According to the USFA, during the “home fire season” of October 2007 to March 2008, there was a 68% increase in the number of fatal home fires and a 67% increase in the number of people killed in home fires, compared to the warmer months.

Not including arson-related deaths, from April 2007 through September 2007 at least 589 people were killed in home fires. When it became cooler, from October 2007 through March 2008, at least 982 people were killed in home fires.

Through its Smoking & Home Fires Campaign, the USFA wants to make this season safer, especially as it relates to the number one cause of preventable home fire deaths in the nation -- fires caused by smoking materials.

 “Every year, about 1,000 people are killed in smoking-related home fires,” says U.S. Fire Administrator Gregory B. Cade. “Smokers tend to smoke inside their homes more often because it’s cooler outside, so what’s important to remember is that smoking home fires can easily be prevented.” He added, “It just takes a few seconds to light up – and a few seconds to make sure that cigarette is really out.” 

“The Center is pleased to support the effort of the USFA and partner organizations with this campaign to prevent fires caused by the careless use and disposal of smoking materials. These are life-long lessons that we wish to instill on our campus population of students, faculty and staff,” said Amy Hamel, Executive Director of the Center for Campus Fire Safety. “Together, we can save lives.”

Smoke-related fires can be prevented by taking a few simple precautions. Smokers and those who live with smokers should ensure the following: 

  • If you feel you must smoke, it’s better to smoke outside.
  • Inside the home, use big ashtrays with a stable base. 
  • Really put the cigarette out, don’t just tap it into the ashtray.
  • It’s not a good idea to smoke if you are drowsy, and never smoke in bed.
  • If people smoke while at your home, check for cigarette butts near the furniture and under sofa cushions before you call it a night.
  • Douse butts and ashes with water before you toss them into the trash.
  • If you or someone in your family smokes, Put It Out.  All the Way.  Every Time 

Launched in January 2008, the USFA’s Smoking & Home Fires Campaign is working in partnership with 17 national organizations to spread the message about fire safety including the:

1.    American Fire Sprinkler Association
2.    Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association International (BIFMA)
3.    Burn Foundation
4.    Center for Campus Fire Safety
5.    Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes
6.    Fire and Life Safety Section (part of IAFC)
7.    Florida Association of Fire and Life Safety Educators
8.    Home Safety Council
9.    International Association of Black Professional Firefighters
10.  International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
11.  National Association of Hispanic Firefighters
12.  National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
13.  National Fire Protection Association 
14.  National Volunteer Fire Council
15.  Polyurethane Foam Association
16.  Residential Fire Safety Institute
17.  SAFE KIDS

The free campaign materials include a CD Toolkit with English and Spanish posters, brochures, fact sheets, public service announcements, PowerPoint presentations, an engaging video of a smoking-home fire demonstration, and more. The USFA also has video and radio PSAs available. The materials are available online and can be ordered or downloaded by visiting www.usfa.dhs.gov/smoking. Fire departments and community organizations are encouraged to use these free materials.

The Center for campus Fire Safety is a non-profit organization based in Newburyport , Massachusetts and is dedicated to protecting life and property from fire at college and university campuses in the United States . 

If You Smoke, Put it Out.  All the Way.  EveryTime. 

 
U.S. Fire Administration Focus on Fire Safety: Holiday Fire Safety - Monday, November 3, 2008

With the onset of the holiday season, it is important to focus on fire safety and prevention. The celebration of the season brings with it increased usage of electric lights, decorations, candles, and the ever popular Christmas tree, all of which can be potential fire hazards. Additionally, cooking fires increase during the holidays as families and friends gather to celebrate. By following general fire safety precautions, potential fires, deaths, and injuries remain preventable.

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Survey finds Concerns about Economy may Increase Incidence of Home Fires - Friday, October 24, 2008

Fire Prevention Week Survey shows nearly half of Americans planning to use alternative heating sources this winter

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 2, 2008 — The American Red Cross and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today released results of a survey showing the majority (79%) of Americans are concerned about the rising cost of heating their homes, and many will use an alternative heating source to reduce their bills this winter. The survey identified additional behaviors related to appliance maintenance and cooking that could also present home fire hazards this winter.

“As we head into, what by all accounts is likely to be a very costly heating season, these survey results and Fire Prevention Week provide a critical opportunity for us to remind people about the things they can do to prevent home fires and keep their families safe and warm this winter,” said NFPA President James. M. Shannon. “If people use alternative heat sources to reduce energy costs, it is critical they use devices that are new or in good working order, and they turn off units when they go to bed or leave the room.”

“We hope this survey will encourage more people to take the simple steps necessary to protect their families and homes from fire,” said Gail J. McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “Of the more than 74,000 disasters the American Red Cross responds to each year, approximately 93% are fire-related, but unlike natural disasters, most home fires can be prevented.”

Heating and Cooking Fires
According to NFPA reports, cooking and heating are the leading causes of home fires. The survey revealed the majority of Americans are concerned about the rising cost of heating their homes (79%), and that 48% of households will use an alternative heating source to reduce their bills this winter. Alternative heating sources include portable space heaters, stoves, ovens and fireplaces. A third (36%) of people with fireplaces reported they never cleaned or inspected their chimneys. The survey also found 23% of respondents did not consider it essential to make sure someone is home when food is cooking on the stove.

Young Adults at Risk
Young adults, ages 18-24, were more likely than other respondents to state they will use the oven to keep the kitchen warm this winter (17% versus 7% for all households). Young adults were also less likely to take precautionary steps such as removing the lint from the dryer filter after every load (one in three do not remove the lint after every load).

Smoke Alarms and Fire Escape Plans
Respondents also revealed another unsafe behavior, which is disabling (37%) smoke alarms when they go off in a non-testing situation. More than half (53%) of the households surveyed have not taken any of three common actions in most home fire escape plans, which includes discussing with family members how to get out of the home, deciding on an outdoor meeting place and practicing the plan.

“On any given night in America , the Red Cross is out responding to hundreds of home fires, providing comfort, shelter and aid to help families pick up the pieces,” said Red Cross President McGovern. “That’s why the Red Cross is working during Fire Prevention Week, and each and every day, to help people prevent fires and stay safe in the event of a home fire.”

During the month of October, Red Cross chapters will distribute information, provide educational presentations and partner with first responders to share fire safety and prevention messages in communities across the country.

NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 85 years. Each year, NFPA selects an official theme to support the week which is celebrated each October. This year, Fire Prevention Week is October 5 – 11 and the theme is It’s Fire Prevention Week: Prevent Home Fires. NFPA creates official campaign materials as well as a Web site providing fire departments, families, kids and educators with information to implement a successful community-wide campaign. For more information, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

NFPA and the American Red Cross offer these and other safety tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • Give space heaters space by keeping them at least 3 feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

For additional fire safety tips, visit www.firepreventionweek.org or www.redcross.org/homefires.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Research findings from a telephone survey of 1,003 U.S. Adults 18 years and older on September 25-28, 2008 conducted by CARAVAN®.  Margin of error is +/- 3.1%t at the 95% confidence level.  If you report data from the survey, source it as orginating from American Red Cross/National Fire Protection Association 2008. A full data set can be accessed here.

 
Focus on Fire: Novelty and Toylike Lighters – Playing with Fire - Thursday, July 31, 2008

Novelty lighters in the hands of children are a deadly and emerging threat to life and property nationwide. Children are attracted to these lighters because they look like toys, complete with visual effects, flashing lights, and musical sounds.

Mistaking lighters for toys has proven to be dangerous as novelty lighters are responsible for injuries, deaths and accidents across the Nation. State and local governments are taking action by banning the sale of novelty lighters and limiting their distribution.

It is critical to focus public attention on the dangers of these toylike devices. For this reason, the theme for National Arson Awareness Week (May 4-10, 2008) is Toylike Lighters – Playing with Fire.

For more information on novelty and toylike lighters, please visit the U.S. Fire Administration’s Web site at www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/focus/.

 

 
USFA Releases Civilian Fire Injuries in Residential Buildings Report - Thursday, July 31, 2008

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Department of Homeland Security's United States Fire Administration (USFA) today issued a report, part of its Topical Fire Report Series [ http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/statistics/reports/tfrs_issue_index.shtm ], examining the causes and characteristics of civilian fire injuries occurring in residential buildings. Nearly three-quarters of all civilian fire injuries occur in the home. In 2005, there were an estimated 13,375 civilian fire injuries resulting from an estimated 376,500 residential building fires.

Thirty-nine percent of residential building fire injuries occurred while victims were trying to control the fire. An additional 23 percent of civilians were injured when trying to escape; another 11 percent happened while victims were sleeping.

"Most civilian fire injuries are preventable," said United States Fire Administrator Greg Cade. "If a fire occurs in your home, it is important to exit your home quickly and leave firefighting to professional firefighters. By establishing and practicing a home fire escape plan, you can help reduce the chances of fire injury or even death if a fire were to occur in your home."

The report, Civilian Fire Injuries in Residential Buildings in 2005 [ http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/tfrs/v8i3.pdf ] (PDF, 480 Kb), was developed by the National Fire Data Center , part of USFA. The report is based on 2005 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).

The short topical reports are designed to explore facets of the U.S. fire problem as depicted through data collected in NFIRS. Each topical report briefly addresses the nature of the specific fire or fire-related topic, highlights important findings from the data, and may suggest other resources to consider for further information. Also included are recent examples of fire incidents that demonstrate some of the issues addressed in the report or that put the report topic in context.

 
USFA Release Fire Risk Reports - Thursday, July 31, 2008

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Department of Homeland Security's United States Fire Administration (USFA) has issued three special reports as part of its Topical Fire Report Series, examining the risk of death or injury from fire by various demographic, geographic, and socio-economic characteristics.

"Because of limited cognitive and physical abilities, very young children and older adults face a greater risk of dying in a fire," said United States Fire Administrator Greg Cade. "The U.S. Fire Administration has developed fire safety campaigns targeted at high risk groups. These campaigns provide awareness to parents and caregivers and aid in reducing the risk of fire death and injury."

 

 

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