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Accommodating outdoor and pop-up dining during COVID-19

As the pandemic continues across the U.S., one industry used to stabilize local economies — food and beverage — could face new fire and life safety challenges.

Challenges include public encroachment, emergency access, heating devices, and temporary partitions and structures.
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Current Events and Issues

New materials highlight row house firefighting safety

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a free fact sheet and poster that highlight tactics for fighting row house fires and areas for potential fire extension.

USFA recommends distributing the NIOSH fact sheet to firefighters as part of training efforts and displaying posters in common areas of the fire department.
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Current Events and Issues

Post-wildfire recovery

Considerations and suggested resources to help communities rebuild and individuals to recover after a wildfire.

Communities that complete pre-fire planning usually recover more quickly because they have developed support networks.

Watch America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters

Honoring line-of-duty deaths in 2019

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Watch America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters

Honoring line-of-duty deaths in 2019

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Research study contains key findings for fire investigators

New research shows how understanding the impact of ventilation on fire patterns can aid arson investigations.

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Restaurant fire and life safety during COVID-19

Restaurants have struggled to stay in business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that restrictions are slowly lifting, restaurants face several challenges that may involve life safety and fire and building codes.

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First responders: prepare for white powder incidents

Most suspicious white powders sent through the mail turn out to be harmless, but first responders must be prepared to handle this type of call.

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Include everyone in community wildfire preparedness

Pre-fire planning tips for wildfire to help ensure that the whole community's resilience is considered.

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A pictograph is worth a thousand words

Our pictographs can help you reach everyone in your community with fire and life safety messages.

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There are dozens of ways you can use Fire Is Everyone’s Fight to help teach people in your city or town to be safe from fire. Join the fight for a few ideas to get you started.

On-duty firefighter fatalities (2020)

Explore firefighter fatality statistics

Home fire fatalities (2020)

Up 2% compared to fatalities reported from Jan. 1 – Oct. 24, 2019.

23 home fire fatalities were reported by the U.S. news media for Oct. 18-24.

Older adults (65 and over) represent 28% of all fatalities.

Pennsylvania leads the nation in reported deaths with 112.

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Planning a trip to visit the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial?

New identification requirements to access our campus are in effect. Please read this information first before scheduling your visit.

Share this video to learn how to prevent exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These substances are linked to cancer and may be present in firefighting foam.