October is Fire Prevention Month
The sad truth is that nearly 9 out of 10 wildfires are still caused by humans:
- In 2014 there were 7,933 wildfires caused by lightning, but 55,679 wildfires caused by human error (as reported to the National Interagency Fire Center).
- In 2014 more than 3.5 million acres burned due to wildfires in the U.S. of those, more than 1.5 million acres burned due to human-caused wildfires.
Although most of us don’t behave this way intentionally, each year we learn of devastating wildfires caused by careless behavior which can impact millions of acres of forest and thousands of homes.
We can also be more responsible in our homes when it comes to fire safety as well. Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires was reported during these hours.
Learn how to build a SAFE campfire to prevent wildfires
Understand how proper equipment maintenance can reduce wildfires
Safety is not only important indoors, but also around your property and community
Community Fire Safety
How to prevent and detect fires inside your home
Home Fire Safety
Take the Pledge today to help stop wildfires!Take the Pledge