Prevention 1st Foundation Joins National Effort to Prevent Home Fire Deaths

Prevention 1st Foundation, a local 501(c) 3 non-profit organization based in Pittsford, New York has been named to the National Fire Safety Council working to eliminate residential fire deaths by 2020.

"More than 80% of all fire deaths occur at home, so this is a critically important area for prevention and education," said Rochesterís Fire Chief Floyd Madison, a Prevention1st Foundation advisory board member. "Every home, especially those with young children, needs to have a working smoke alarm and practice home fire drills so they will know what to do when the alarm goes off."

Every year, residential fires nationwide are responsible for an average of more than 3,100 deaths, 14,100 injuries, and $6,000,000,000 in property damage. In Rochester, New York residential fires caused 8 deaths, 20 civilian injuries, and just over $1,000,000 in property loss in 2006.

Prevention1st Foundation Inc.ís mission is to educate children, parents, teachers and others that unintentional injuries are largely preventable, and to provide research-based training and materials to promote safer behavior.

The Fire Safety Council was formed by Congress and is headed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Fire Administration, and U.S. Product Safety Commission. Other members include the National Fire Protection Association, American Red Cross, and the Home Safety Council.