According to NFPA’s Fourth Needs Assessment Survey, nearly all (99%) of the U.S. population is covered by at least one prevention and educational program. However, many fire departments don’t have the resources to deliver a wide range of prevention and education programs to their communities.
Following is a list of prevention and education programs and the percentage of U.S. populations not covered by them:
• Wildfire safety program based on a national model – 84%
• Home fire sprinkler education – 74%
• Car seat installation – 70%
• Older adult fire safety program based on a national model – 6%
• Home safety visits – 54%
• Youth firesetter program – 48%
• Cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction – 42%
• Free installation of home smoke alarms – 37%
• Free distribution of home smoke alarms – 33%
• School fire safety education program based on a national model curriculum – 32%
• Fire Prevention Week activities – 14%
At next Wednesday’s free webinar, “The Current Status of Community Risk Reduction Activities in Local Fire Departments,” 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST, NFPA’s Hylton Haynes, senior research analysts, will review community risk reduction findings from the latest U.S. Needs Assessment survey. He’ll be joined by Chelsea Robadeau, associate engineer of technical services, who will talk about tools and resources fire departments can use to strengthen their community risk reduction efforts. These include the new, upcoming NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development; NFPA’s free public education programs and resources; and our recent data analytics efforts, which can help fire departments perform their roles more efficiently and effectively.