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American Society of Safety Engineers Support Fire Prevention Week, Offer Tips for On/Off Campus Fire Prevention

Posted in on Mon, Oct 6, 2008

Des Plaines, IL (October 6, 2008) — In support of Fire Prevention Week, which runs October 5 – 11, 2008, the American Society of Safety Engineers offer on/off campus fire prevention facts and tips available at This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Preventing Home Fires,” because, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments responded to 396,000 home fires in 2006, which accounted for 80% of civilian deaths and 76% of injuries that year.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2006 there were 202 on-the-job fatalities related to fires and exposures. In addition, 44 fire fighting and prevention workers died that year, 20 died directly as a result of fires and explosions. The preliminary 2007 BLS results indicate that 50 fire fighting and prevention workers died that year. Also, according to NFPA, more than 2,500 people died in home fires in the United States in 2006, and 12,500 were injured.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Fire Deaths and Injuries Fact Sheet indicates that most victims of fires die from smoke or toxic gases, not from burns. And, according to the USFA, smoke inhalation alone accounts for 39 percent of residential building fire injuries. Smoke inhalation occurs when one breathes in the products of combustion during a fire. Combustion results from the rapid breakdown of a substance by heat, burning. Smoke is a mixture of heated particles and gases.

For a copy of the ASSE on/off campus fire prevention information go to or for more information on Fire Prevention Week, visit the NFPA website at

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to

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