Alabama currently ranks within the top 10 in the United States in terms of deaths and injuries due to fires in the home. During the five-year period of 2003-2007, the National Fire Protection Association estimated that U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 380,000 reported home structure fires each year.
These fires caused an estimated average of 2,840 deaths, 13,160 injuries, and billions of dollars in direct property damage. About two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms were present or failed to operate. Smoke alarms and fire-escape plans can help prevent the number of lives lost due to fires in the home.
Fire Prevention Week
According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The goal of Fire Prevention Week is for Alabama's citizens to learn to be safe from fire hazards in their homes.
Fire Prevention Week Emphasizes Importance of Smoke Alarms
For nearly 90 years, the National Fire Protection Association has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week, and this year's theme was “Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!” This year's campaign was designed to educate people about the importance of smoke alarms and encouraged everyone to take the steps necessary to update and maintain their home smoke alarm protection.
The Alabama Department of Public Health, in collaboration with Alabama Agency Fire Safety Group, continued the tradition together for Fire Prevention Week 2010. The groups commemorated Fire Prevention Week by hosting a statewide fire prevention campaign, "Name That Beep," in Alabama's elementary schools for children to learn about fire safety.
Name That Beep Campaign
Fire Safety Tips
- When cooking, always wear fitted clothing, and do not leave stoves unattended.
- Never smoke in bed, and keep lighters and matches away from kids.
- Keep space heaters at least three feet from a flammable source, and do not leave fireplaces unattended.
- Do not use damaged electrical cords or overload outlets.