Various fire prevention programs are taught at the Macon Fire Department. Our fire prevention officers are Olin Roper & Matt Bunton. Every year approximately 1000 kids are taught fire prevention at the schools. We provide fire prevention programs for the Macon Public Elementary School, Tri-
We also visit all of the day care centers in Macon. In our programs we use both pluggie (the robot fire hydrant) and Sparky.
Adult classes in basic fire prevention and education are available. Fire Prevention programs can be scheduled by contacting Olin Roper or Matt Bunton at the Macon Fire Department.
In 2013 we provided 33 fire prevention programs and had 1429 participants.
General Fire Prevention Tips
In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, $6.9 billion in direct damage.
On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day.
Cooking is the leading cause home fires and home fire injuries, followed heating equipment. Smoking is a leading cause of civilian home fire deaths.
Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2011, 12 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 67 deaths.
U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-
Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen.
Unattended cooking was a factor in 34% of reported home cooking fires.
Ranges accounted for the 58% of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
Children under five face a higher risk of non-
Microwave ovens are one of the leading home products associated with scald burn injuries not related to fires. Nearly half (44%) of the microwave oven injuries seen at emergency rooms in 2011 were scald burns.
Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of home cooking fires, but these incidents accounted for 16% of the cooking fire deaths.
The leading factor contributing to heating equipment fires was failure to clean, principally creosote from solid fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.
Portable or fixed space heaters, including wood stoves, were involved in one-
Half of home heating fire deaths resulted from fires caused by heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding.
In most years, heating is the second leading cause of home fires, fire deaths, and fire injuries. Fixed or portable space heaters are involved in about 4 out of 5 heating fire deaths.
Sleep was a factor in one-
Possible alcohol impairment was a factor in one in five of home smoking fire deaths.
In recent years, Canada and the United States have required that all cigarettes sold must be “fire safe,” that is have reduced ignition strength and less likely to start fires.
About half (49%) of home electrical fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment. Other leading types of equipment were washer or dryer, fan, portable or stationary space heater, air conditioning equipment water heater and range.
Electrical failure or malfunctions caused an average of almost 50,000 home fires per year, resulting in roughly 450 deaths and $1.5 billion in direct property damage.
On average, there are 32 home candle fires reported per day.
More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle.
According to an NFPA survey, only one-
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 92% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 77% of the time.
The fire department tries educate the public on how smoke alarms save lives and why they should be installed and maintained in every home.
Having working smoke alarms can cut the chances of dying in a fire in half.
Feel free to contact the fire department for questions on how to choose, install, and maintain smoke alarms.
"The Following was Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2013 NFPA."