Fire Corps Tips for Home Safety Month: Week Four

Tuesday, 23 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 Four: Preparedness

Being prepared for a potential disaster not only saves time; it saves lives. Families can take simple steps to protect, inform, and prepare those involved in an emergency situation:

  • Have your family develop, discuss, and practice an evacuation plan in case of fire or other emergency.

  • Equip your home with an emergency supply kit. Visit for a list of suggested materials.

  • Make sure phones are accessible to all members of the household. Pre-program emergency contact numbers such as 9-1-1 so children and the elderly are able to call for help.

  • Create an emergency contact sheet and make sure your family members know who to contact in the event of an emergency.

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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