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Fire-Related Injuries and Illnesses

The United States has the fourth highest fire death rate of all industrialized countries (International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics 2001). Residential fires are the most important cause of fire-related mortality.

Preventing Fire-Related Injuries

Fact Sheet: Fire-Related Deaths and Injuries
On average in the United States in 2002, someone died in a fire nearly every 3 hours, and someone was injured every 37 minutes...

Fire Deaths and Injuries: Prevention Tips
Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home, including the basement...

Preventing Fire Deaths and Injuries: CDC Activities
CDC works in partnership with the United States Fire Administration, part of the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and several non-government organizations to coordinate a national effort to eliminate residential fire deaths by the year 2020.

Efforts to Increase Smoke Detector Use in U.S. Households: An Inventory of Programs
Each year in the United States, thousands of people die or are severely injured by fires and burns. One of the most effective ways to prevent deaths and injuries from fires is to install and maintain smoke detectors

Fire Fighters & Other Fire-Related Occupations

Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program
Each year an average of 105 fire fighters die in the line of duty. To address this continuing national occupational fatality problem, NIOSH conducts independent investigations of fire fighter line of duty deaths. This web page provides access to NIOSH investigation reports and other fire fighter safety resources.

Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention in Mining
The mine fire prevention research program applies science and engineering towards such tasks as ensuring that fire-safe materials are used, that combustibles are properly handled and stored, and that mechanical and electrical equipment is properly used and maintained.

Wildfires and Environmental Effects of Fire

Air Quality and Forest Fires
Information from the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) Includes "Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials."

Information from CDC's Public Health and Emergency Response site includes fact sheets and links to other sites with wildfire safety information.

Fighting Wildfires
NIOSH resources for firefighters and other emergency response personnel about repirators, heat stress, electrical hazards, more...

Emergency Response Resources: Natural Disasters
Links to information from the National Institute for Occupational Safety aand Health on Natural Disasters, Fighting Wildfires and Fire Cleanup, Flood and Hurricane Response, Personal Protective Equipment, more...

Environmental Toxins

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Fire Prevention Week



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