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Fire Safety
Overview
According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined. Every year more than 5,000 people die in fires, over 25,000 are injured, and direct property loss is estimated at over $9 billion. Fortunately, most fire losses can be prevented through effective public education and awareness initiatives.

Many Americans believe "fires can only happen to other people - not to me and not in my home." Yet, over 80 percent of fire deaths occur in the home, most often claiming the lives of the young, the elderly, and the disadvantaged.

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Reducing Fire Deaths & Injuries
The Merriam Fire Department and the USFA are committed to reducing the number of fire deaths and injuries to those high-risk groups and the general public by increasing public awareness about the dangers of fire. To promote fire safety awareness and prevention in the home and in the workplace, the USFA has developed a variety of materials aimed at reducing the loss of life and property due to fire in the United States.

A material specifically developed for this purpose is the Fire Stops with You factsheet series, which provides a wide range of fire safety information to help communicate fire safety and prevention messages. These factsheets address the special fire safety needs of many groups. Fire safety topics, such as security bar safety, bedroom fire prevention, and home electrical fire prevention are also addressed.