Due largely to an increase in public fire education and prevention efforts, including the use of smoke alarms and sprinkler systems, fewer children die in fires today compared to 10 years ago. (1,2) Among children and youth ages 0 – 24, those ages 1 – 4 are at highest risk of fire and burn- related injury and death. (2,3) With National Fire Prevention Week coming up on October 8 – 14, 2017, this webinar provides information about strategies to further reduce fire and burn-related injuries among children.
Marty Ahrens of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reviewed the fire injury problem among children and progress made in this area. Regional NFPA specialist, Meredith Hawes, provided an overview of materials and resources that are offered through NFPA to target these particular risks. Ernest Grant of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals in Chapel Hill discussed prevention campaigns, fact sheets, tools and resources that will be beneficial for teachers, parents, and others interested in fire and life safety.
- CDC WISQARS, 2017