Public Education

The life you save may just be your own!

Deaths from fires and burns are the fifth most common cause of unintentional injury deaths in the United States (CDC 2005) and the third leading cause of fatal home injury (Runyan 2004). The United States mortality rate from fires ranks fourth among the 25 developed countries for which statistics are available (USFA 2007).

The Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. is committed to public education and awareness. We believe that the best fire is the one that is avoided! Learn how to protect you and your family from fire and other disasters. Much of the information in this section has come directly from the U.S. Fire Administration (FEMA) and

Learn About Fire

Every day Americans experience the horror of fire. But most people don’t understand fire. Only when we know the true nature of fire can we prepare ourselves and our families.

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Fire Extinguishers

Learn about the different types of fire extinguishers and how to properly use them. It is important that you have access to fire extinguishers in highly vulnerable areas of your home like the kitchen.

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Just for Kids

Each year in the United States an estimated 2,800 children age 14 or younger are injured and 850 killed in residential fires. Click here for an interactive fire safety game!

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Cooking Fire Safety

Cooking equipment, most often a range or stovetop, is the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries in the United States.

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Electrical Fire Safety

Electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 485 Americans each year and injure 2,305 more. There are simple steps you can take to prevent the loss of life and property resulting from electrical fires.

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Carbon Monoxide

Each year in America, carbon monoxide poisoning claims approximately 480 lives and sends another 15,200 people to hospital emergency rooms for treatment.

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Holiday and Seasonal Safety Tips

Different hazards can emerge as the season’s change. Fires as the result of poorly maintained Christmas trees to illegal fireworks displays can be deadly. Learn how to enjoy the season and be safe at the same time!

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Smoke Alarms

In the event of a fire, properly installed and maintained smoke alarms will provide an early warning alarm to your household. This alarm could save your own life!

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Escape Planning

More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires, and approximately 20,000 are injured. Deaths resulting from failed emergency escapes are particularly avoidable.

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Bedroom Fire Safety

Bedrooms are a common area of fire origin. Nearly 600 lives are lost to fires that start in bedrooms. Many of these fires could be prevented by following some simple bedroom fire safety tips.

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High Rise Fire Safety

Recent fatal fires in high-rise structures have prompted Americans to rethink fire safety. A key to fire safety for those who live and work in these special structures is to practice specific high-rise fire safety and prevention behaviors.

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Motel and Hotel Fire Safety

When traveling, it is important to become familiar with your surroundings. By reviewing simple safety tips it can assist you in preparing for fire safe traveling.

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Residential Sprinkler Systems

Schools, office buildings, factories, and other commercial buildings have benefited from fire protection sprinkler systems for over a century. Can your home benefit from one as well?

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Disaster Planning

Planning for a disaster, whether man-made or as the result of natural causes, is important. Having a plan and knowing what to do in the event of a disaster will help keep you and your family safe.

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