Privacy and Security Policy

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Thank you for visiting the U.S. Fire Administration's Website and reviewing our Privacy Policy. We remind you that if you link to a site outside of this Website, you are subject to the policies of the new site.


Here is how we handle information about your visit to our Website:

Information collected and stored automatically

  1. The information we learn about you from your visit to our Website depends upon what functions you perform when visiting our site.
  2. For site management, information is collected for statistical purposes. This government computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.
  3. If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the Website, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:
    • The Internet domain (for example, "" if you use a private Internet access account, or "" if you connect from a university's domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our website;
    • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
    • The date and time you access our site;
    • The pages you visit; and
    • If you linked to the USFA Website from another Website, the address of that Website.
    • We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.


"Cookies" are small bits of text that are either used for the duration of a session ("session cookies"), or saved on a user's hard drive in order to identify that user, or information about that user, the next time the user logs on to a Website ("persistent cookies"). The USFA Website does not use persistent cookies. We do use session cookies for our Online Publications Catalog (only) to track your order as you place publications into your shopping cart. These session cookies are deleted from the component's server soon after your session ends and are not collected or saved. You can set up your Web browser to inform you when cookies are set or to prevent cookies from being set. You can still use our Website if you do not accept the cookies, but you will not be able to use the Online Publications Catalog. Orders for publications may be placed by calling 800-561-3356.


Please be assured that USFA's use of cookie technology is NOT a covert attempt to either collect or analyze information on Internet users.

Information Collected from Emails and Web Forms

If you send us personal information by using Email or Web forms:


We want to be very clear: we will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us.


For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this Government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to appropriate law enforcement officials. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this server are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996.