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

Consumer product recalls and alerts (fire/carbon monoxide)

 Recall May 21, 2015 Viking Range freestanding gas ranges
 Recall May 20, 2015 Sears Kenmore Elite dual fuel ranges
 Recall May 19, 2015 Kaldi’s Coffee disposable paper cup sleeves
    Visit CPSC.gov for more recalls

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.

Outreach materials for specific audiences


Outreach materials by topic

Spring cleaning for fire safety

Customize and use these handouts to encourage residents in your community to clean up home clutter, check appliance electrical cords, clean dryer vents, test smoke alarms, and practice a home fire escape plan.

Educational programs

Planning for public fire education

The role of fire safety educators is complex and each community is unique. Communities vary with respect to fire safety risk factors, target audiences, and resources available. A one-size-fits-all approach just won’t work; that’s why this toolkit was created. It will lead you step by step through the development or enhancement of your fire safety education program to meet the specific needs of your community.

Whether you are just getting started in fire safety education, or you are a seasoned educator, this toolkit will get you on your way to a successful program.

Fire Safety Program Toolkit PDF 7 MB
 

Ready-to-use programs

Fire Safety Trailer Curriculum
Adding a fire safety trailer can take your education program to a whole new level by providing students with hands-on learning opportunities that build upon what they learn in the classroom. This curriculum offers you an “out-of-the-box” way to use a fire safety trailer to teach students of all ages about fire safety.
Download the Fire Safety Trailer Curriculum PDF 8.5 MB
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.