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Fires, Burns and Scalds Prevention
Did You Know?
- On average, one child dies each day from a fire or burn.
- Working smoke alarms reduce the chance of dying in a home fire by half.
- Home fires account for nearly 90 percent of all fire-related deaths.
- Fire can spread rapidly through a home, leaving a family as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds.
- Home cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires.
Working for Change
One important way Safe Kids works to reduce the number of children harmed by fire and burns is through education. We work with firefighters and community leaders throughout the United States to spread messages of fire safety in clinics and schools and through speaking opportunities and the media.
After a fire, people in an affected community often pay more attention to fire prevention messages. But we want to reach communities before these tragedies occur. In communities where a child has been injured or killed because of a fire, Safe Kids coalitions make special efforts to provide timely support, including community education and installation of smoke alarms in homes at high risk.
Working with the United States Fire Administration (USFA), we launched Start Safe: Fire, a turnkey teaching program for pre-school teachers and firefighters designed to reach children 3 to 6 years old and their families. These materials can be downloaded here. Learn more about our program to prevent injuries from fire.
The Safe Kids public policy team advocates for USFA programs to have the resources needed to protect kids from fire and burns. We also work with state and local legislatures to advocate for 10-year smoke alarms in homes.
Safe Kids works with several partners to spread the word about fire safety:
- The United States Fire Administration and Safe Kids work together to teach parents and children about fire safety.
- Kidde and Safe Kids work to keep families safe from fire by highlighting the importance of installing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms and checking the batteries regularly.
- Tyco and Safe Kids provide training and resources to help first-responders keep families safe.
We also offer the following tools to teach and remind families about fire safety: