The Importance Of Fire Prevention In The United States

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Fire is a national problem that has a huge impact on people, property and the environment. According to the report “American burning published in 1973” annually more than 300,000 people are injured as a result of fire. Additionally, nearly 12,000 lives are claimed with the highest aggregate cost of $11billion in property loss, burn injury treatments and wasted resources. Since the release of America burning these numbers have decreased dramatically. The fire problem in the United States can be summarized as follows. The United States has the highest fire rate in the industrialized world. Each year more Americans are killed by smoke inhalation from fire than all other natural disasters, including floods, hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes. Furthermore, the nation does not place enough emphasis on fire safety education, inspection, and code enforcement. Finally, the important areas such as firefighting, built in fire protection features in structures and fire prevention are neglected.

Throughout history the destructive fire rate in the United States has been higher than any country in the industrialized world. For the most part the United States is reasonably safety conscious in many areas such as automobiles, consumer products, food, and medical
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As stated earlier in 1973 more than 12,000 residents were killed by fire every year with over 300,000 injuries. The creation of U.S Fire administration (USFA) and the National Fire Academy have put the United States in a more comparable position to the rest of the industrialized world. Between 1973 and 1992 the U.S. fire death fell 46.3 percent, from 36.3 fire deaths to 19.5 fire deaths per million populations. Through Data collection, research, public education, training efforts and emphasis on fire prevention the nations have decreased the fire problem making communities

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