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SOURCE U.S. Fire Administration
EMMITSBURG, Md., Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is introducing Fire is Everyone's Fight™, an initiative to raise public awareness about the importance of fire prevention and fire safety. In conjunction with national partners and supporters, Fire is Everyone's Fight™ aims to provide fire and emergency service personnel with tools to educate the public about the realities of fire. Most fires can be prevented and we all have a role to play in preventing them.
"In direct response to the residential fire problem in the United States, USFA is announcing Fire is Everyone's Fight™, a national movement designed to make fire prevention a social norm," said Ernest Mitchell, U.S. Fire Administrator. "Practicing safe cooking and installing and maintaining smoke alarms and residential fire sprinklers will reduce the risk of deaths, injuries, and property loss due to fires."
According to USFA, 81 percent of all fire deaths and 76 percent of all fire injuries occurred in the home. Cooking is the main cause of home fire injuries, and most of these injuries occur when people are frying food.
"There are compelling statistics demonstrating the need for more working smoke alarms, safer cooking behaviors, and fire sprinklers in homes. Now is the time for fire prevention action," said Administrator Mitchell. "We encourage all residents, fire departments, safety advocates, community groups, schools, businesses and others to rally behind this common and convincing theme – Fire is Everyone's Fight™ – and incorporate the theme, key lessons, and messaging into new and existing safety programs."
USFA is providing its partners and supporters with resources to assist them in sharing important fire prevention and safety messages with their communities.
For more information on Fire is Everyone's Fight™ visit the U.S. Fire Administration's website: www.usfa.fema.gov/FireisEveryonesFight
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