Did you know that cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and fire related injuries? How about that smoking materials (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States? In 2006, over 2,500 people died and nearly 12,600 people were hurt in home fires alone! These facts scare us, and that why the Chalfont Fire Company has a pro-active Fire Prevention program. While we like to help the community by responding to calls for help, we don't like to see fire hurt people or their homes.
The Chalfont Fire Company hosts a variety of programs geared at teaching the community how to be fire safe. Some of our programs are listed below:
- Classroom, school, and day care visits - Throughout the year, the Chalfont Fire Company makes an effort to visit every school and day care (4 elementary schools, 10-15 day cares) within our coverage area. These visits primarily occur during Fire Prevention week in October. However, we are more then glad to schedule visits at anytime throughout the year for groups of any size.
- Fire House Tours - We are often contacted by local organizations, children and adult oriented, to provide tours of our firehouse. During the tour you get to see the fire trucks, all the tools on the truck, and try on a Firefighters gear!
- 'I know a firefighter' Birthday parties - What a better way to spend your special day then at the firehouse. The party includes a tour of the station, a safety talk with a firefighter, a chance to sit on the fire engine, and use of the fire station for cake and present.
- Fire truck visits to your home, block party, grand opening or other special event - Give us a call and we will try to get a fire truck and firefighters to visit your special event to show the truck, their gear and give out some fire safety related toys.
- Fire Prevention Night - Every year, during National Fire Prevention Week the Chalfont Fire Company hosts our Annual Fire Prevention Open House. Throughout the night you can see our trucks, try on gear, practice Dialing 911, meet our firefighters, and watch various demonstrations. This years Open House will be Thursday, October 12th from 7-9pm!
IF ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS INTEREST YOU, PLEASE CALL 215-822-9685 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE IN THE FIRE PREVENTION MAILBOX
DID YOU KNOW????
- Cooking fires are the #1 of cause home fires and home fire injuries.
- Unattended cooking is the leading factor contributing to ignition in home cooking fires, accounting for one-third of such fires. More than half of all cooking fire injuries occurred when people tried to fight the fire themselves.
- Electrical distribution and lighting equipment were involved in an estimated 20,900 reported home fires in 2005. These fires resulted in 500 civilian deaths and 1,100 injuries, with an estimated $862 million in direct property damage per year.
- Smoking materials (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States. Roughly one of every four fire deaths per year in 2002-2005 was attributed to smoking materials.
- Older adults are at the highest risk of death or injury from smoking-material fires even though they are less likely to smoke than younger adults.
- The most common material first ignited in home smoking-material fire deaths were mattresses and bedding and upholstered furniture.
- During 2005, an estimated 15,600 home structure fires started by candles were reported to local fire departments. These fires resulted in an estimated 150 civilian deaths, 1,270 civilian injuries and an estimated direct property loss of $539 million. Homes include dwellings, duplexes, manufactured housing and apartments.
- The top five days for home candle fires were Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve, and Halloween.
- In 2006, there were an estimated 396,000 reported home structure fires resulting in 2,580 civilian deaths and 12,500 civilian injuries and $6.8 billion in direct damage in the United States .Home fires caused 80% of civilian deaths and 76% of injuries.
- Heating equipment and smoking are the leading causes of civilian home fire deaths.
- January and December were the peak months for home fires and home fire deaths.
- More than half of all home fire deaths result from incidents reported between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., but only 20% of home fires occur between these hours.
- Heating fires are the second-leading cause of home fires.
- Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home structure fires in half.
- An estimated 890 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms.
- 65% of reported home fire deaths in 2000-2004 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- In one out of every five homes equipped with at least one smoke alarm installed, not a single one was working.
- When smoke alarms fail it is most often because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Nuisance activations were the leading cause of disabled smoke alarms.
- When sprinklers are present, the chances of dying in a fire are reduced by more than one-half and the average property loss per fire is cut by one-third to two-thirds, compared to fires where sprinklers are not present.
***THE ABOVE FACTS WERE PROVIDED BY THE NFPA***
Fire Prevention Links:
Sparky's site for Kids - http://www.sparky.org/
Meet Smokey the Bear - http://www.smokeybear.com/
Fire prevention check list http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files//FPW08/FPW08checklist.pdf