Arlington, VA— On August 11, 2017, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) was awarded a prestigious Fire Prevention & Safety Grant (FP&S) from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA). ESFI is pleased to accept this award again for the sixth year. FP&S Grants are awarded annually to support fire prevention and safety efforts, prioritizing programs aimed at high-risk populations, such as children, seniors, and firefighters.
Data from the National Fire Protection Association’s 2014 “Characteristics of Home Fire Victims” report indicates that elderly adults have the greatest risk of fire death. With the funding from this grant, ESFI developed a new older adult safety campaign consisting of video and radio public service announcements, infographics, and brochures to satisfy this critical need. This multi-faceted home fire safety awareness program will equip at-risk older adults and their communities with knowledge to help prevent seasonal home fires throughout the year, focusing primarily on the leading causes of home fires: cooking equipment, heating equipment, and electrical equipment. ESFI will distribute additional materials through Community Action Agencies (CAAs) as well as local Rebuilding Together Affiliates to reach older adults in the top ten states with the highest rates of fire deaths.
“Raising awareness among the most at-risk populations is crucial to preventing home fires, fire deaths, and related injuries,” said ESFI President Brett Brenner. “This year, we’re working with CAAs who work with directly with these populations to ensure that we educate even the hardest to reach groups and decrease their vulnerability to home fires.”
With the funding provided by the FY2012 FP&S Grant, ESFI developed and implemented a comprehensive home fire safety awareness campaign to educate at-risk children, senior citizens, and their families nationwide about home fire hazards related to cooking, heating, and electrical equipment. As a result, ESFI directly impacted more than 3.4 million children and their families through the distribution of classroom toolkits that were direct-mailed to schools and distributed to ESFI’s nationwide network of safety advocates.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated exclusively to promoting the importance of electrical safety. ESFI proudly sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May, and engages in public education campaigns throughout the year to increase awareness of the steps that can be taken to prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities in the home, school, and workplace. Visit www.esfi.org to learn more about ESFI and electrical safety.