Every day seven people die from American home fires, and another 13,000 are injured each year. These statistics, while important, are only a small piece of America's complex home fire problem.
NFPA has released a new, five-part podcast series that answers the question: What follows a home fire? Through the story of one family, we are giving listeners a powerful story that goes beyond our statistics. Titled “The Survivors,” this five-part series centers on the van Dijk family. In 2014, a fire at their home killed two of their children. The podcast showcases the lifelong toll fire has taken on this family and others. Interviews with burn treatment and recovery specialists in America, the fire service, and top safety advocates underscore the rarely seen ripple effects of home fires experienced across North America.
Additionally, the “The Survivors” expands beyond the family’s story to discuss the fire challenges inside today’s new homes. Experts also highlight a solution to America’s home fire problem—home fire sprinklers—and a powerful group spending millions of dollars to keep this safety feature out of new homes.
Visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative site to listen to the five-part story, developed in cooperation with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. The podcast is also available via iTunes and Google Play; simply search “NFPA The Survivors."