Fire Safety & Evacuation

  • National Arson Awareness Week

    Next week is National Arson Awareness Week (May 7-13, 2017)

    community_watch.300x300Each year for Arson Awareness Week (AAW), the U.S. Fire Administration gathers and shares information to raise awareness of arson or youth firesetting and provide individuals with strategies to combat these problems in their community.

    This year's theme is Arson prevention at houses of worship: Fire Prevention & Public Education / Outreach Materials & Educational Programs / Arson Awareness

    Help community leaders increase awareness about how to prevent arson at houses of worship.
    Spotlight recent arson fires at houses of worship in United States.


    Preventing Arson at Houses of Worship Webinar

    Each year for Arson Awareness Week, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) gathers and shares information to raise awareness of arson or youth fire-setting and provide individuals with strategies to combat these problems in their community. Arson Awareness Week will be from May 7-13 this year and USFA is providing shareable content about how to help community leaders increase awareness about how to prevent arson at houses of worship.

    The burning of a house of worship not only devastates the affected congregation, but wounds the entire community. Whether the motivation behind the arson is hate or reckless vandalism, a congregation views it as an attack on their beliefs and values. Arson robs congregations of their valuable assets, lives and property. Arson destroys more than the buildings used as houses of worship; it can devastate a community, resulting in the decline of the neighborhood through increased insurance premiums, loss of business revenue, and a decrease in property values.

    Houses of worship are particularly vulnerable to fire damage because they’re often unoccupied for long periods of time, and in many cases, in rural areas. Rural properties will generally sustain more severe damage – even with an accidental fire – since discovery and response time may be delayed.

  • Prepare for Wildfire Season - Free Tools

    You can participate in Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, Saturday, May 6, by organizing an event to clear dried leaves and other flammable debris from your neighborhood.

    ?    Preparing for Wildfires
    ?    How to know if a Wildfire is near you.
    ?    Do you live in a Wildfire Prone Area?
    ?    Wildfire Safety
    ?    Stay healthy and safe during a Wildfire
    ?    Disaster Preparedness: Wildfires
    ?    Wildfires

    prepdaybannernewHelpful tools and tips are available from the National Fire Protection Association to develop a 2017 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activity for your community, or organization.

    • prepdaylogo-500Before starting a project, it is important to review the safety tips and safety gear, which includes properly stacking firewood and wearing safety goggles.
    • The Preparedness Day customizable flyer provides an opportunity to add local event information. Download the flyer, fill in your project details and start distributing today!
    • Use the hashtag #WildfirePrepDay and share!.

    To learn more, visit the U.S. Fire Administration Wildfire Safety page or download the Prepareathon How to Prepare for a Wildfire guide.

  • Did you know?

    candle-896784_640Nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

    It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart.

    ? Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away
    light strands with frayed or pinched wires.
    ? Water your Christmas tree every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it
    can catch on fire easily.
    ? Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look,
    smell and feel like real candles.
    ? If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place
    them where they cannot be knocked down easily.

    For more information and free resources, visit

    ALSO READ: Deck the Halls, Don’t Burn Them

  • Holiday Candles - Warm Glow or Blazing Inferno?

    Candles... December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. One-third of all candle fires start in the bedroom.  Keep Candles 12 inches away from anything flammable, and consider using flameless candles instead.



    Four different types of flameless candles Four different types of flameless candles


  • Water Your Christmas Tree Every Day

    A dry tree is dangerous, because it can catch on fire easily. Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires each year. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem. A dry and neglected tree can be. Watch this dramatic demonstration video below!


    See what happens when fire touches a dry tree and a properly maintained, well-watered tree... This video shows the ignition propensity of a properly maintained Fraser fir Christmas tree compared to that of a dry tree:

    Maintained (Wet) Tree: Ignition occurs at 0 seconds; fire at ignition point on tree continues to burn but does not spread at 30 seconds; fire at ignition point on tree continues to burn but does not spread at 1 minute; fire at ignition point on tree did not spread, flames self-extinguish, and tree (trunk, branches, and needles) is fully intact at 1 minute and 30 seconds (end of video).

    Dry Tree: Ignition occurs at 0 seconds; other tree branches become involved at 5 seconds; most of the tree is burning at 15 seconds; tree is fully engulfed in flames at 30 seconds; only the tree trunk and portions of some of the larger branches are intact after all the needles have burned away at 1 minute and 30 seconds (end of video).

  • Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

    Freeze-FireThe risk of having a home fire increases during the winter months: December, January, and February.

    To help teach the public about winter fire hazards and ways to prevent them, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) are teaming up to promote “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires.”

    Learn more:

    Winter Fire Safety

    Winter Fires and Burns

    Winter Preparedness for Your Business

    Each week during the campaign, USFA will share helpful, practical tips to assist with making our homes and families safer. Follow #wintersafety on Twitter @usfire and on Facebook at

    For additional fire safety and prevention information, visit the USFA's website.

  • Preparing for Wildfires

    While Canada Blazes, we too are thinking of Wildfires.

    Wildfire-picCommon in the West, Wildfires can occur anywhere and are an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a natural area, such as a forest, grassland, or prairie.

    There is a common misconception that wildfires only happen in western and the Great Plains states. While wildfires are more common in certain states, they can occur anywhere in the country.  Do you live in a Wildfire Prone Area? You may.

    Learn about Wildfire Safety including How to know if a Wildfire is near you, and Stay healthy and safe during a Wildfire.

    Also read: Disaster Preparedness: Wildfires & Download Preparing for Wildfires

  • Fire Safety is for Everyone (?)

    Fire-SafetyWhile Fire Safety is a basic knowledge that should be available to everyone, often fire safety messaging misses target reaching lower income Americans,

    Share these articles:

    fire-safety-reachReaching Hard-to-Reach Audiences with Fire Safety Messages

    Join the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) webinar, Is Your Message Reaching Your Intended Audience?

    Fire departments across the country have seen a slow, steady decline of fire deaths over the past decade. However, in most cases, safety messages are not reaching those who need them most, people with limited education and finances.

    This webinar explores how to effectively reach audiences, address perceptions, and change behavior through effective messages. A well-crafted message misses the mark if it does not reach its intended audience due to packaging and/or placement.

    fire_is_everyones_fightDate: March 23, 2016

    2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
    1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT)


    The event is a part of the Fire is Everyone’s Fight™ Webinar Series.  There is no cost and attendance is limited. Register today.

  • Fireplace Glass Door Safety

    Fireplace-Glass_DoorWe often think about fire safety when it comes to fireplaces, but what about Burns?

    Contact burns , especially to the hands, can happen in an instant. It is recommended that fireplaces with glass doors not be used while children are present.

    Glass-fronted gas fireplaces can reach 392°F/ 200°C within 6.5 minutes of ignition and remain dangerously hot for more than 12 minutes after the unit is turned off.

    Existing glass fireplace doors should be retrofitted with barrier screens or hearth steps.

    Burn Safety Supplies Burn Safety Supplies
  • Fire Safety for Older Adults

    Fires are a serious risk in colder seasons - and even more so for older adults and children - We have talked about many safety concerns for seniors, including Seniors and Scalding Burn InjuriesHelping to prevent falling at homeSeniors Staying Alone and special Winter Dangers for Seniors.

    Seniors-FireNow let's take a look at how home firs risks may be a little different for the elderly:

    According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), older adults – ages 65 and older – are more likely to be injured during a fire.

    It is important that older adults and their caregivers take steps to protect themselves from a fire in their home.

    USFA has safety recommendations for older adults and their caregivers, which may include:

    • Have a smoke alarm that works for you and the functional needs that you have.  For example, many smoke alarms have lower decibel ranges for those who are hard of hearing. Others may have smoke alarms with strobes or separate bed shaker. There are also smoke alarms with long-lasting batteries for someone with a mobility disability or vision loss.
    • Have conversations with household members, caregivers and friends about your fire safety plan.  Develop and test an escape plan that works for you and your household if you live in a single family home.  If you live in multi-level housing such as an apartment or high-rise building, know your evacuation plan.
    • Take in consideration any additional items you may need to take with you quickly. For example, keep any devices such as wheelchairs, canes, eyeglasses and hearing aids in a consistent place so you can get out quickly;

    For more information about how to protect older adults in your family or community, visit the USFA website.

    Fire emergencies and the need to evacuate go hand in hand. Being able to safely and efficiently vacate the premises is imperative to your health and survival. Our fire evacuation supplies offer the tools needed to cautiously and successfully leave the vicinity and should be readily available in every home as well as private and public business buildings.

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