With home fires on the rise in winter months, and a new study showing that young children are at an especially high risk of getting seriously injured or dying in residential fires, today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Commission on Children and Disasters are announcing a new public awareness campaign to help keep children and families safer from the threat of home fires.
As part of this effort, today FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration is releasing a new report on the risks fires pose to children. The report, which is based on the latest available data released by the National Center for Health Statistics, found that young children face the greatest – and a growing – risk of death or serious injury in home fires, with 52 percent of all child fire deaths in 2007 involving children under the age of four, a slight increase from the most recent study previously conducted in 2004. Click here for a copy of the report (PDF).
“This latest report reveals a deeply troubling trend and should serve as a wake-up call for all of us,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “The bottom line is that one of the greatest threats our youngest kids may face during the winter months exist in their homes. It’s critical that all families are aware of these risks and take the simple steps now to prevent fires due to cooking, heating or other causes at home. These deaths are preventable, and working together we can educate each other and save lives.”
In addition, the report found that:
To provide families with important tips about fire safety and lists of additional resources, FEMA is launching online and social media tools, including:
To view the updated web page and the widget, click here.