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Why is Public Education Important?
Public education about fire safety promotes effective means for safe behavior among all ages and abilities in the community. It is important to learn and understand proper safety regulations to improve safety within homes. schools, businesses and more. Educating the public has lead to significantly reduced fire-related deaths. In addition, learning evacuation plans and practicing them has helped improve safety for the residents in our community.
We strive to keep our community safe by providing the knowledge and resources needed in an emergency situation. Continuing education in our community with updated safety protocol and lifesaving strategies is one our many goals. Overall, we teach people how to prevent the loss of life, injuries, and property damage from occurring due to fires.
Top Fire Causes
The top 5 causes of fire include Cooking, Heating, Electrical, Smoking, and Candles.
According to the NFPA, cooking was the leading cause of reported house fires and fire injuries from 2015-2019, and the second leading cause of house fire deaths. Below are some helpful links for cooking safety.
NFPA Cooking Fire Safety
FEMA Cooking Fire Safety
Most fires from heating happens in the winter months. It is the second leading cause of house fires and injuries, and third leading cause of home fire deaths. Heaters also carry the risk of causing carbon monoxide poisoning. Below are some helpful links for heating safety.
NFPA Heating Safety
FEMA Heating Safety
Electricity is used everywhere and can be wires, lighting, cords, and plugs. For example, electrical fires can be caused by extension cords being overloaded, worn, old, or damaged. Below are some helpful links for electrical safety.
NFPA Electrical Safety
FEMA Electrical Safety
Smoking materials such as cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, are reported 5% of home fires, 21% of home fire deaths, and 10% of home fire related injuries. Below are some helpful links for smoking safety.
NFPA Smoking Safety
FEMA Smoking Safety
On average, 20 home candle fires are reported each day. Candles have become increasingly popular which increases the important of candle safety. Below are some helpful links for candle safety.
NFPA Candle Safety
FEMA Candle Safety
Additional Safety Links
NFPA Staying Safe
FEMA Prevention and Public Education
MI Prevention Fire Department and Organization Resources