New NFPA fact sheet highlights key takeaways from Fire Safety in the US Since 1980, Through the Lens of the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem

In June, NFPA Research and The Fire Protection Research Foundation, the research affiliate of NFPA, released Fire in the United States Since 1980, Through the Lens of the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem that picks up where America Burning left off. But for some, a 63-page report can be tough to tackle. So, in the interest of education and engagement, a fact sheet with key insights was developed so that audiences understand and share the progress that has been achieved over the decades, while raising awareness of the fire and life safety issues that persist today.

 The new at-a-glance, two-sided resource conveys the most salient research points. Here is a snapshot of some of the information highlighted on the new fact sheet: 

  1. Success factors include smoke alarms, the use of standards, and stricter code requirements in certain occupancies.
  2. Key findings touch on the leading causes of home fires, injuries, and deaths; those most prone to die in home fires; and today’s biggest threats.
  3. Next steps call for safer approaches to cooking; more protection for the most vulnerable citizens; greater consideration of the fire risks associated with new products and technology; proactive work by the government to address the wildfire problem; and citizens taking responsibility for their own safety.
  4. Major takeaways impress that flammable materials/possessions in homes and more open design plans are causing the speed of fire to increase these days; nearly 3,000 home fire deaths annually is simply not acceptable; and home fire sprinklers, plain and simple, are game-changers.
  5. NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem components such as government responsibility, development and use of current codes, and an informed public have had the greatest impact on the US fire experience. 

Both NFPA research arms also provided an overview of the new research during a webinar. All Fire Safety in the US Since 1980, Through the Lens of the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem resources can be found at Please read and share this important information.

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Cathy Longley
Communications Manager, informing stakeholders about NFPA thought leadership, subject matter expertise, resources, initiatives & research.

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