National Fire Protection Association helps reduce fire hazards.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is an international non-profit organization that was established in 1896. Their goal is to reduce the impact of fire and other hazards on society by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training and education, including building codes and personal protective equipment used by firefighters. The members of NFPA total over 75,000 individuals all around the world.
The NFPA is responsible for more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks, by establishing criteria for building, processing, design, service and installation within the US and other countries. National Fire Protection Agency is the premier resource for fire data analysis, research, and analysis. This data helps guide educational outreach, support the work of NFPA Technical Committees, and frames the fire-loss picture for organizations, the media, and the general public.
The National Fire Protection Association is the world’s leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety and has been the official sponsor of fire prevention week since 1922. The NFPA sponsors a variety of life saving campaigns and training programs to protect lives and property through education. The NFPA also offers its members 16 different industry specific membership areas to further enhance the educational aspects and exchange of ideas and information for members in their specific fields. Today, the NFPA consists of fire departments, insurance agencies, manufacturing associations, unions, trade organizations, and various industry professionals with an interest in promoting fire safety.
Loss of life and millions of dollars in property damage could be prevented if dryer vents and fireplace chimneys were properly cleaned and maintained on an annual basis. According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the U.S. Fire Administration, an average of 15,600 fires occur each year due to the failure to clean dryer vents. Those fires account for 15 deaths, 400 injuries and damage to structures estimated at $99 million annually. The leading factor contributing to home heating fires was the failure to clean chimneys, primarily of creosote buildup, which is a common by-product of burning wood, and is highly combustible. Creosote is estimated to be involved in 4 civilian deaths, 24 injuries and $33 million dollars in direct property damage per year.