Posted by: Glenn Gaines, Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration
We often say it takes a team to prepare and be ready for disasters. This week, USFA and other members of the emergency management team will be providing tips to make our families and homes safer everyday so that we are better prepared for emergencies. This week is Fire Prevention Week, and I’m proud the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is working with National Fire Protection Association and hundreds of other organizations to promote this year’s theme: It’s Fire Prevention Week! Protect Your Family from Fire!
I’d like to start by asking a simple question - do you know if your home is fire-safe? If you don’t know the answer, or don’t know where to start, a USFA partner, the Home Safety Council – part of Safe Kids Worldwide – created a home fire safety checklist that you can personalize and print out to take home and discuss with your family. Please share this information with your loved ones and take time to talk with them about how to lower the risk of home fires.
Through blog articles and outreach events across the country (including a Fire Prevention Week Education Fair that will be held in Washington, D.C.), we’ll be reaching out far and wide to share fire safety information. Look for more blog posts from me this week, and visit Ready.gov/fires to learn more about fire safety and prevention. If you’re an emergency manager, educator, parent, or community leader, visit www.usfa.fema.gov for more resources for sharing fire safety information.