The Fire Protection Association ( Nfpa )

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Imagine your smoke detector sounding its screeching alarm every 47 seconds, twenty-four hours day, 365 days a year. That is how often a residential fire occurs in the United States. According to a report issued in September 2007 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a nonprofit group dedicated to improving fire safety, U.S. fire departments responded to 412,500 residential fires in 2006. Residential fires cause tremendous damage. Some 2,580 civilians (non-firefighters) lost their lives in residential fires in 2006, an average of one civilian fire death every 3 hours and 24 minutes. That represents 80 percent of all civilian deaths due to fire, even though residential fires make up only 25 percent of all reported fires.…show more content…
The 9-1-1 emergency telephone system, introduced in Alabama in 1968, adopted by cities and states across the country, and finally designated as the nation 's emergency telephone number in 1999, has increased emergency responsiveness and cut down on fire deaths. Residential smoke detectors, commercially introduced in 1967, have gained widespread acceptance. The inexpensive devices are required by building codes across the country. Under pressure from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, manufacturers made disposable cigarette lighters child-resistant in 1993. The fabric used in mattresses and furniture is less flammable today than it was 30 years ago. Even cigarettes burn cooler, lowering accidental ignitions. One of the biggest changes has been smoking itself, which has declined 50 percent among adults since 1965. More can be done to prevent fires and save lives, according to the NFPA). It calls for more fire safety education, wider adoption of smoke detectors, increased use of residential sprinkler systems, the development of more products that are fire-resistant, and greater attention to the fire risks facing America 's very young, elderly, and poor. The suggestions made by NFPA, the U.S. Fire Administration, and other fire-prevention advocates generally are low cost and easy to implement. In addition, insurance companies often provide discounts for homeowners who have adopted fire safety technologies. A home is the largest asset most people own. A homeowner
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