Everyone knows not to leave candles burning in their house and to check that the stove is off before heading out, but fire safety is much more than just a household concern. Neighborhoods and communities need to be prepared to deal with fires affecting more than one home. Wildfires near residential areas can easily cause property damage and hurt people, and having safeguards and best practices in place at the community level can help minimize the damage.
Understanding fire safety best-practices, having the proper equipment, and using preventive measures sometimes aren’t even enough to prevent fire damage to people and property, and there are organizations in place to help those who have suffered burns or heavy losses due to fire cope with the trauma. A full range of sites on preventing fire in the first place and coping with the damage it can cause is included here. These sites aren’t in any particular order, but they are categorized to make it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for.
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General Fire Safety
From home fire prevention tips to nationwide suppliers of fire prevention equipment and information, this section of the list has something for anyone who is reading up on fire safety.
Fire Marshals & Organizations
A fire marshal is a community official who collaborates with the fire department to enforce the fire code, promote fire safety and awareness, and investigate the causes of fires that have occurred. Local fire marshals’ offices often have educational materials for community members, and even events where people can learn more about fire safety and prevention.
Fire Extinguishers, Sprinklers & Equipment
Though many homes are equipped with smoke alarms, and fire codes require most buildings to have at least one fire extinguisher, not everyone realizes how much of a lifesaver a fire blanket, sprinkler system, or even just an extra fire extinguisher can be. These sites discuss home and industrial equipment for fire prevention and suppression.
Burn Prevention & Treatment
The injuries sustained by people caught in fires can cause incredible pain and have profound effects on that person’s capabilities and appearance. It is important for people with burn injuries not only to get immediate treatment, but to have a community to help them adjust to the major life changes that can come from being injured by a fire.
Fire is both a dangerous force and a valuable tool for people, depending on context. The sites below cover topics ranging widely, from prescribed burning of forested areas, to increase the overall health of the land and diminish the prospect of uncontrollable wildfires, to fire safety sites for kids and teachers to help young children learn about fire as early as possible.