The 2011 National Fire Protection Association’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Protect Your Family From Fire.”
Fire Prevention Week is recognized October 9th thru 15th, 2011. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored the fire prevention campaign since 1922, spreading awareness of the dangers of fires and inspiring individuals to prevent the deaths, injuries, and destruction that fires cause. This year’s theme focuses on how to protect your family from fire by planning ahead and integrating simple things into your everyday life.
Fires in the home take a great toll on life and property each year. During the five-year-period from 2005-2009, NFPA estimates that U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 373,900 reported home structure fires per year. These fires caused an estimated average of 2,650 civilian deaths, 12,890 civilian injuries, and $7.1 billion in direct property damage per year. Smoking materials remain the leading cause of home fire deaths, while cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries.
Installing systems such as smoke alarms and residential fire sprinklers, as well as identifying potential hazards, can reduce the risk of home fires and property loss, injury, or death due to fire. Nearly two-thirds of home structure fire deaths occur in homes where there was no smoke alarm, or where smoke alarms were present but failed to operate.
The Indian River Volunteer Fire Company offers an educational and recreational fire prevention program for the students at the Long Neck Elementary School during the entire fire prevention week. These activities include various fire prevention awareness techniques, tour of the fire house, tour of the Delaware State Fire School – Georgetown Campus and actively participates in simulated fire suppression tactics, and grade level specific fire prevention awareness measures.
Illustrated herewith are various photographs of initiatives utilized by the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company.