10/09/09 175 W, 1 I - + 10 - 12 Fire Prevention Around The World

This Firehouse.com article reports on the final installment of a three-year study examining how fire prevention is handled in ten countries: Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, England, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, Scotland, and Sweden. The third installment was released this summer. The report was commissioned by the CDC, and researched and written by TriData. The 300-page report has been downloaded 12,000 times, notes the article. And it sounds like compelling reading, with all sorts of examples of how fires are prevented in other countries.

In England, the article cites as an example, a firefighter strike in 2003 caused a dramatic reduction in fires and fire deaths. Why? People had to be more careful. In Canada, some firefighters are required to spend two hours each day doing fire prevention field work. In Australia and New Zealand, home fire safety vans have compartments simulating rooms in a home. In Scandinavia, candle wicks are self-extinguishing. And so on, and so on. Looking forward to reading it. Learn more about the report.

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