Fire Corps Tips for Home Safety Month: Week Two

Friday, 12 June 2009

June is Home Safety Month, providing a perfect opportunity for Fire Corps teams to reach out to the public and work to reduce instances of unintentional home injury in the U.S. The campaign’s theme this year is “Hands on Home Safety,” which 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.

Each week this month, Fire Corps is sending out home safety tips that Fire Corps teams can use to educate their communities. Disseminate these tips to your contacts and community members. You can also find the tips online at For more information on Home Safety Month, including additional resources, visit the Home Safety Council Web site at

Week Two: Electrical Safety

Electrical fires are responsible for one in seven of all home fires in the United States every year. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 53,000 home electrical fires are reported each year resulting in approximately 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries, and $1.5 billion in property damage. Most electrical fires and injuries can be prevented by taking simple steps around the home:

  • Cover all unused outlets with safety plugs.

  • Check used outlets to make sure they are not being overloaded.

  • Check cords for frays and warmth.

  • Be sure lighting fixtures and bulbs are placed away from flammable objects such as curtains, clothes, bedding, and other fabrics.

Fire Corps programs can assist communities in taking preventative measures to avoid home fires. Fire Corps teams routinely educate their communities about home safety practices, and home safety checks are conducted by many programs across the country to reduce the risk of fire or injury.

Fire Corps has released a Home Safety Checklist to assist Fire Corps programs in ensuring safe homes and communities. Additionally, Fire Corps provides other resources to promote safety such as the All-Ways Fire Safe at Home module and the Getting Started With Firewise toolkit. Find these resources and more at, or send questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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