Welcome to the Fires In Residences Eliminated (F.I.R.E.) Toolkit

The New York State Department of Health Bureau of Injury Prevention and New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control are pleased to provide you with this collection of resources related to the prevention of home fires and fire-related deaths and injuries.

These resources will empower health educators to increase the visibility of the public health impact of residential fires, while providing examples of evidence-based strategies for prevention. The likelihood of residential fires among vulnerable populations can be reduced through collective education and awareness efforts between public health and fire safety professionals.


Table of Contents

10 Take Home Messages

  1. Residential Fires Are a Public Health Issue
  2. Residential Fires Disproportionately Impact Vulnerable Populations
  3. Children Must Be Taught to Respect Fire Danger and Practice Fire Safety Behaviors
  4. Residential Fires and Associated Deaths and Injuries Are Preventable
  5. Functioning Smoke Alarms Are Highly Effective in Preventing Fire-Related Deaths
  6. Fire Escape Planning and Practice Prepare Residents to Quickly and Safely Exit During Home Fires
  7. Home Fire Sprinklers Quickly Detect, Contain, and Extinguish Fires
  8. The Media Serve as a Valuable Communication Vehicles to Increase Public Awareness of Fire Safety and Prevention Measures
  9. The Internet Provides Free, Up-to-Date, and Extensive Fire Safety Resources from Reputable Source
  10. Public Health Professionals Can Most Effectively Promote Fire Safety in Their Communities by Collaborating with Local Fire Safety Officials


We extend our thanks and appreciation to the following organizations whose materials are included as resources in this toolkit:

  • American Burn Association
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Home Safety Council
  • Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control
  • Public-Private Fire Safety Council (FireSafety.gov)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Safe Kids
  • Scholastic
  • United States Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • United States Fire Administration