Putting out fires might seem the first line of defense for fire departments working to keep their communities safe. Enforcing fire safety codes usually comes second, and preventive education comes third—and often is cut from tight budgets.
But the province of Ontario, Canada has turned that traditional order of priorities upside down to put public education first, writes Prevention 1st board member Molly Clifford in an article published in Firehouse Magazine. And that approach has resulted in an 81% reduction in fire deaths in the past 35 years, nearly 10% higher than in the United States.
Read the full article: Ontario Practices and Preaches Fire Prevention