Did you know cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in America? Many families gather in the kitchen, especially around Thanksgiving but it can be one of the most hazardous rooms in the house if you don’t practice safe cooking behaviors. As you prepare to pull out your favorite Thanksgiving recipes, you should also pull out these safe cooking tips. Continue reading
FEMA, National Commission on Children and Disasters Announce New Partnership to Promote Fire Safety Awareness for Families
Announcement Comes as FEMA Releases New Report Showing Children under Four at Growing Risk of Death or Injury in Fires
Release Date: February 14, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With home fires on the rise in winter months, and a new study showing that young children are at an especially high risk of getting seriously injured or dying in residential fires, today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Commission on Children and Disasters are announcing a new public awareness campaign to help keep children and families safer from the threat of home fires. Continue reading
SEATTLE, Wash. — Each year on average 18,300 Americans are injured, and more than 3,500 die in fires, with children age 14 and under making up 10-15 percent of all fire deaths. National Burn Awareness Week is traditionally observed the first full week in February, and according to FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy, it’s the perfect calendar observance to focus on preventing fires and protecting children.
“Children under the age of 5 account for fifty-two percent of all child fire deaths, and home fires tend to spike in winter months, placing younger children and toddlers at even greater risk,” said Murphy. “Many children are unable to escape from fire on their own, and I encourage parents and caregivers to use National Burn Awareness Week as an opportunity to take actions that keep their loved ones, and particularly children, safe from fire and burn hazards.” Continue reading