According to the National Fire Protection Association, 15 out of 16 homes in the United States have at least one smoke alarm.
Unfortunately, this same association reports that half of all home fire deaths occur in the 6 percent of homes that do not have a smoke alarm.
It is the goal of the National Fire Protection Association to reduce the burden that fires and other related hazards have on the quality of our lives. A nonprofit organization founded more than 100 years ago, the NFPA maintains a Web site (www.nfpa.org) that is full of facts and tips on fire prevention and safety.
A navigational bar on the top of the home screen (as well as each inside page) outlines the major sections of the site. Within each section, a secondary bar delineates links to key subtopics. For visitors who prefer using a site map to find specific information, this navigational tool is also available. Additionally, a search function is provided. Contact information for the Massachusetts-based organization includes a toll-free phone number, snail mail addresses and e-mail addresses to specific departments within the NFPA.
The NFPA site is a valuable destination whether you are a consumer or a professional involved with fire safety. The section devoted to consumers, Public Education, reviews NFPA's life-saving campaigns, training programs, special hazard guides, and gives a rundown on the organization's worldwide educational efforts, including Risk Watch, a school-based program addressing the eight leading causes of injury and death among children; Remembering When, a program targeted toward preventing injuries among older adults; and Learn Not to Burn, a guide to teach people of all ages how to make responsible fire-safety choices.
Other nifty educational tools include a variety of posters, booklets and brochures, as well as award-winning videos and films.
For professionals, the NFPA site provides the inside track on the latest fire and life safety requirements, a listing of seminars led by the NFPA staff and other experts in the field, and information on conferences and meetings put together by the organization. In addition, the NFPA has developed many texts, guides and other materials targeted at firefighters and other first responders. A number of these important materials are included on the site.
For consumers and fire safety professionals interested in keeping up with the latest advances in the industry, the NFPA publishes numerous journals and articles. Many of these publications are for members only, but visitors to the site can view some of the articles for free.
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