June is Home Safety Month

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

According to the Home Safety Council (HSC), fire and/or burns are the third leading cause of unintentional home injury in the U.S. June is Home Safety Month, providing a perfect opportunity for Fire Corps teams to take a hands-on approach, reach out to the public, and work to reduce this unfortunate statistic.

This year’s Home Safety Month campaign theme – Hands on Home Safety – asks the public to take some simple hands-on steps to create a safer home environment from the five leading causes of home injury: falls, poisonings, fires and burns, choking/suffocation, and drowning. Fire Corps members can help their community do this through a variety of activities, such as installing and testing smoke alarms or utilizing the All-Ways Fire Safe at Home module to teach fire prevention to residents in different stages of life, from preschool to older adult. The fire safety module is available free of charge to all registered Fire Corps programs and can be ordered by emailing a completed All-Ways Fire Safe at Home request form to Fire Corps at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or faxing it 202-906-9284. Additional resources are available on the HSC web site at www.homesafetycouncil.org.

The HSC is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing home-related injuries that result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year. Through national programs, partnerships, and the support of volunteers, HSC educates people of all ages about home safety. Learn more about the HSC and Home Safety Month.

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