Prevention 1st has been named to the national Fire Safety Council working to eliminate residential fire deaths by 2020.
“More than 80% of all fire deaths occur at home, so this is a critically important area for prevention and education,” said Rochester’s Fire Chief Floyd Madison, a Prevention 1st advisory board member. “Every home, especially those with young children, needs to have a working smoke alarm and practice home fire drills so they will know what to do when the alarm goes off.”
Every year, residential fires nationwide are responsible for an average of more than 3,100 deaths, 14,100 injuries, and $6,000,000,000 in property damage. In Rochester, residential fires caused 8 deaths, 20 civilian injuries, and just over $1,000,000 in property loss in 2006.
Prevention 1st’s mission is to educate children, parents, teachers and others that unintentional injuries are largely preventable, and to provide research-based training and materials to promote safer behavior.
The Fire Safety Council was formed by Congress and is headed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Fire Administration, and U.S. Product Safety Commission.
In addition to CDC, CPSC and USFA, the Public-Private Fire Safety Council consists of the following organizations:
American Burn Association
American Insurance Association
American Red Cross
Congressional Fire Services Institute
Home Safety Council
International Association of Fire Chiefs
International Fire Marshals Association
National Association of State Fire Marshals
National Fire Protection Association
National SAFE KIDS Campaign
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Indian Health Service
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development