Carbon monoxide safety

More than 150 people in the U.S. die every year from accidental nonfire-related CO poisoning. Use our free materials to help inform your community about the dangers of carbon monoxide.
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Fire risk in 2011

Fact: in 2011, adults age 50 or older had a greater relative risk of dying in fires than the general population.

The risk from fire is not the same for everyone; it is more severe for some people. This report looks at why different groups in the United States have have an increased fire risk.

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Fire safety program toolkit

Tip: conduct a community risk assessment to identify fire or injury problems your program will need to address.

Learn about the five basic steps to create or enhance a fire safety education program for your community, including how to develop tools that will help you assess program effectiveness.

Download the toolkit. PDF 7 MB
America's PrepareAthon! Be Smart. Take part. Prepare.

National PrepareAthon! Day is April 30

Help prepare your community for hazards like wildfires and winter storms by participating in National PrepareAthon! Day.

Visit the PrepareAthon! website for activity ideas and strategies to promote your day of action.

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National Fire Academy updates

Featured course:
Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders (Q0379)

This free, online self-study course teaches you about the roles and responsibilities of first responders at suspected arson fires. You will learn about basic arson detection procedures for scene security, evidence preservation and documentation. Read the course description.

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Training calendar

April 15
First Semester application period opens
June 10-12
National Professional Development Symposium
June 15
First Semester application period closes
Sept. 10-12
Executive Fire Officer Program Graduate Symposium

National Fire Incident Reporting System updates

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Featured: Fire Is Everyone’s Fight

Fire Is Everyone’s Fight is a national effort led by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to lower the number of home fires and home fire injuries in America. Along with USFA and partner organizations across the country, the fire community is speaking out with a unified message of fire prevention and safety to the public. The goal is to change how people think about fire and fire prevention using social marketing strategies to address the broadest possible audience.

Learn how you can join Fire Is Everyone’s Fight

Firefighter fatalities

USFA has recently received notice of the following firefighter fatalities:

Barry Van Horn, Firefighter
Somerville Fire Department – West End Hose Company #3,Somerville, New Jersey
Daryl Gordon, Fire Apparatus Operator
Cincinnati Fire Department,Cincinnati, Ohio
John L. Shoup, Firefighter
Ashland Volunteer Fire Department,Ashland, Mississippi

20 on-duty fatalities reported in 2015.

87 on-duty fatalities reported in 2014.

Civilian fatalities

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home fire fatalities reported in 2015.

42 home fire fatalities were reported by the U.S. news media for March 22-28.


compared to fatalities reported from Jan. 1 - March 28, 2014.

Older adults (65 and over) represent 27 percent of all fatalities.

Ohio leads the nation in reported fatalities with 51.

The Fire Prevention & Safety Grant application period is open. Tools to help you apply at — Mar. 16