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National Fire and Life Safety Days observed

Burn Awareness Week ............................February 5 - 11, 2012

According to the American Burn Association National Burn Repository 2010 report, here are some statistics of burn victims. 

Selected Statistics on Admissions to Burn Centers, 2000-2009
Survival Rate: 
94.8% 
Gender:  70% male, 30% female
Ethnicity:  63% Caucasian, 17% African-American, 14% Hispanic, 6% Other
Admission Cause:  42% fire/flame, 31% scald, 9% contact, 4% electrical, 3% chemical, 11% other
Place of Occurrence:  66% home, 10% occupational, 8% street/highway, 16% other

For more information and tips on how to keep your family safe from burns, please visit the American Burn Association at www.ameriburn.org or www.safekids.org.

Arson Awareness Week......................................May 6 - 12, 2012

According to the United States Fire Administration's (USFA) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated average of 316,000 intentional fires are reported to fire departments in the United States each year causing injuries to 7,825 firefighter and civilians.  In addition to needless injury and death, an estimated $1.1 billion in direct property loss occurs annually. 

For more information on how your community and neighborhood can help reduce the crime of arson, please visit www.usfa.dhs.gov.

National Pet Fire Safety Day............................................July 15

If you're a pet owner, you know how much you love and care for your pet, but did you know those pets can also be the cause of a devastating fire?  According to a new data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowner's pets.  Help spread awareness about how to prevent pets from not only starting home fires but how to keep them safe during an emergency. 

For more information and tips on how to keep your pets and your family safe, please visit www.akc.org.

Fire Prevention Week.................................October 7 - 13, 2012

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.   The fire that began on October 8, continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.  Killing more than 250 people, leaving 100,000 homeless, destroying more than 17,400 structures and burning more than 2,000 acres, this was the best-known blaze over a two-day stretch.  

To receive more information regarding the history of Fire Prevention Week or to learn more about upcoming Fire Prevention weeks, please go to www.nfpa.org.

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