Fire Safety Awareness Tips
Every 24 seconds, a fire department in the United States responds to a fire somewhere in the nation (nfpa.org). Taking these prevention steps can mitigate the risk of fire in your home:
Did you know?
- In 2020, there was a 50% increase in firework related deaths and injuries compared to 2019 (US Consumer Product Safety Commission).
- Fireworks start an average of about 19,000 fires each year (National Safety Counsel).
- Sparklers can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit which is hot enough to melt gold (National Safety Counsel).
- Sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency visits for fireworks injuries (National Safety Counsel).
Fireworks Safety Awareness Tips
Seguridad contra Incendios y Fuegos Artificiales
Where to Report
- Report fires and medical emergencies to 911!
- Burning trash or having bonfires within the city limits is against fire code. To report complaints, illegal use of fireworks or bonfires, or suspected arson, to these non-emergency phone numbers:
- Houston Police Department: 713-884-3131
- Harris County Sheriff’s Department: 713-221-6000
Partners & Resources
- Houston Fire Department: Reports, Statistics, Safety & Public Education: houstontx.gov/fire/
- Red Cross: Safety Education, Trainings, & Certifications: redcross.org
- National Fire Protection Association: Public Education, Trainings, News & Research: nfpa.org/
- U.S. Fire Administration: Prevention, Data, & Trainings: usfa.fema.gov/