National Preparedness Month: All-Ways Fire Safe at Home

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a time to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, business, and communities. The theme for NPM 2011 is "A Time to Remember. A Time to Prepare.” Take advantage of this opportunity to make sure your department, Fire Corps team, and community are prepared for all types of emergency situations.

This week, the National Volunteer Fire Council and Fire Corps are highlighting the role that Fire Corps teams can play in fire prevention and safety education. Fire Corps teams across the country assist their departments in spreading preparedness, prevention, and safety messages in their communities and conduct educational programs to help community members stay safe.

To assist in fire prevention and life safety programs, Fire Corps and the Home Safety Council (HSC) have partnered to develop the All-Ways Fire Safe at Home Module. Home injuries are the cause of nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits per year. By conducting educational programs to community members and high risk groups such as children and older adults, Fire Corps teams can teach people of all ages to be safe in and around their homes and what to do if an emergency does arise.

Fire Corps teams can use the All-Ways Fire Safe at Home Module, which contains four home safety education programs, to promote fire and life safety education to community members in four different stages of life from preschool to older adult. Through these programs, Fire Corps teams and department members can easily deliver fire safety messages in their community, including at schools and senior centers.

The program can be ordered free-of-charge by filling out the Fire Corps Resource Request form. Please return the form to Fire Corps at or fax to 202-887-5291. If your department’s auxiliary support team is not registered with Fire Corps, register for free at to access this and other preparedness and fire prevention resources.

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