This is the fourth in a series of posts about the 40th anniversary of America Burning and the related article, “Work in Progress” in this month’s NFPA Journal. The report stresses prevention, with a call for more fire department emphasis on fire prevention, fire safety education, and inspections. They also called for built-in fire safety – measures which can detect and suppress a fire before it grows large enough to cause a major disaster.” In 1977, only 22% of US homes had at least one smoke alarm. That’s up to 96% today. NFPA coordinates the Fire Sprinkler Initiative to increase the use of home fire sprinklers.
The Commission also advocated programs on fire safety in the media for teachers and for specific occupancies. They advised that the proposed USFA “assist, augment and evaluate existing public and private fire safety education efforts.” Today, USFA and NFPA both have a wide variety of safety materials on their websites.
NFPA is now seeking public input for a proposed new document, NFPA 1730: Standard on Organization and Deployment of Fire Prevention Inspection and Code Enforcement, Plan Review, Investigation, and Public Education Operations to the Public.
What’s happening with fire prevention in your community? What else should the fire safety community be doing to prevent fires and fire losses?