Originally Posted By: dfrend
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I just finished reading the latest version of Fire In the United States, published by USFA (a branch of FEMA). Just released, it tracks fire reports from 1992-2001.
The good news? Death and Injury rates continue to decrease.
The bad news? That fact does not tell the whole story. We are still more than double the rate of some European countries. And a large portion of of the deaths and injuries could be prevented, in part with our help.
Yes, more homes than ever have smoke alarms, in part due to past campaigns. But.......In homes with alarms, almost 50% did not work. And of the fire deaths, those with no or non-working alarms weree twice as likely to be killed. That means a WORKING alarm DOUBLES the chances of survival. And the majority of fires occur in older homes.
So..... at least educate them on the importance of testing the smoke alarms. And red flag non-working or missing alarms. This simple task can make the difference. Why will they listen to you? They may not, but.... keep in mind you have your client in a situation that professors would kill for. It is a prime learning mode. They have the motivation to learn and remember. THey are spending big money and have hired you to teach them basicly.