In over 170 separate canvassing events in Baltimore over a one-year period beginning in 2010, researchers zeroed in on several predictors of whether a resident would be:
- At home at the time of a visit.
- Willing to answer the door and allow firefighters to install a free smoke alarm and provide home safety education.
Research-based tips for canvassing events
To maximize community participation, fire departments should:
- Plan deliberately ahead of the event. Conduct your home visits on nights and weekends to significantly increase the odds of finding residents at home.
- Ask a community health worker to promote your event 3-4 days in advance by going door-to-door and speaking with residents, or leaving hang tags if no one is at home.
- Consider the weather. Residents in this study were reluctant to allow firefighters into their homes during rainy weather.
Learn more about this research
1Debinski, B. McDonald, E., Frattaroli, S., Shields, W., Omaki, E., Gielen, A. (2017). Predictors of participation in a fire department community canvassing program. Journal of Burn Care and Research: Vol 38 (4), 225-229.
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