Outreach materials and educational programs

Help your fire department increase community awareness about preventing home fires with these free fire safety and prevention outreach materials and educational programs.

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

Fire deaths can be reduced by teaching people the basic facts about fire. Below are some simple ways to help you explain to community members the characteristics of fire.

Fire is FAST!

There is little time!

In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house. In minutes, a house can be engulfed in flames. If you wake up to a fire, you won't have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape.

Fire is HOT!

Heat is more threatening than flames.

A fire's heat alone can kill. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs. This heat can melt clothes to your skin. In five minutes a room can get so hot that everything in it ignites at once: this is called flashover.

Fire is DARK!

Fire isn't bright, it's pitch black.

Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness. If you wake up to a fire you may be blinded, disoriented and unable to find your way around the home you've lived in for years.

Fire is DEADLY!

Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do.

Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill. Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can make you drowsy, disoriented and short of breath. The odorless, colorless fumes can lull you into a deep sleep before the flames reach your door. You may not wake up in time to escape.

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Educational programs

Planning for public fire education

Are you new to public fire education? We can help you get started with our how-to guides for designing, implementing and evaluating community safety education programs. These guides explain basic concepts about how to get started with an organization’s community safety education programs. They also will assist you with some hints and techniques on a variety of topics, such as methods for locating partners to assist with community education or techniques for locating resources for your safety programs.

Public Fire Education Planning: A Five-Step Process PDF 4.1 MB
Public Fire Education Planning for Rural Communities: A Five-Step Process PDF 730 KB
 

Ready-to-use programs

Fire-Safe Seniors
The “Fire-Safe Seniors” program helps fire departments and other community organizations to plan and implement fire safety interventions for the high-risk group of older adults. It uses home assessments, smoke alarm installation, education and follow-up to ensure a comprehensive approach to fire prevention. A free toolkit is available to help you implement the program.
Mitigation of Cooking Fires
Research-based fire safety strategies, presentations and educational video messages to convince adults to cook safely.
Mitigation of Rural Fires
Research-based fire safety strategies and presentations to help reduce home fires in rural communities.
Mitigation of Smoking Fires
Research-based fire safety strategies and presentations to reduce smoking-related fire deaths.
Sesame Street Fire Safety Station preschool curriculum
An activity book and the accompanying CD of songs and stories to help educators reach preschoolers with simple, memorable fire safety messages.
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