Hialeah Ranks No. 19 Among Cities With Highest Home Fire Risk, The Hartford Pledges Support | Business Wire

HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to The

Hartford’s Home Fire Index, Hialeah, Fla. ranks No. 19 among the 100

U.S. cities with the highest home fire risk. The Index is based on an

analysis of the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident

Reporting System (NFIRS)2 and a survey conducted by The

Hartford on fire safety and prevention behaviors among the general

population.

As part of the 70th anniversary of The Hartford’s Junior Fire Marshal

program, which is one of the country’s oldest corporate-sponsored public

education programs, The Hartford is donating a total of $20,000 to the

Hialeah public school district and fire department for fire safety

education. The donation is part of a larger commitment the company made

to all the cities on The

Hartford’s Home Fire Index.

In addition, to the monetary donation, The Hartford will also distribute

Junior Fire Marshal educational materials to children in kindergarten

through third grade in the Hialeah public school district. The Hartford

Junior Fire Marshal classroom kit comes with The Hartford’s signature

red fire helmets, an educator and parent guide and colouring posters

designed to introduce fire safety concepts to children.

“The Junior Fire Marshal program is part of The Hartford’s ongoing

commitment to help build safer communities,” said Debora Raymond,

spokesperson for The Hartford’s Junior Fire Marshal program. “We're

pleased to be able to bring this program to the city of Hialeah and

empower the next generation of children to take an active role in

reducing the fire risk in their homes.”

Many Hialeah residents engage in behaviors that can increase the risk of

a home fire according to The Hartford survey. Charging a phone overnight

is considered moderate risk. Charging a phone overnight on your bed,

leaving your kitchen with the stove on. Leaving a room with a candle

burning are considered high risk. The survey findings for Hialeah:

  • 56 percent admitted they'd charged a device (e.g., cell phone,

    tablet, laptop) in or on their bed overnight in the past year –

    compared with 34 percent nationally. And

  • 45 percent said that in the past year, they've left the kitchen

    while cooking something on a stove – compared with 58 percent

    nationally. And

  • 37 percent revealed that they've left a room with a candle lit at

    least once over the past year – compared with 37 percent nationally.

The History of the Junior Fire Marshal Program

The Junior Fire Marshal program was started in 1947 by an employee of

The Hartford. Since the program’s inception, The Hartford has deputized

more than 110 million Junior Fire Marshals.

The company’s signature red fire helmets have been displayed proudly by

generations of children who have learned the basics of fire safety

through this innovative and educational program. The program teaches

lifesaving lessons such as Stop, Drop and Roll, Go Low in Smoke and Draw

a Home Fire Escape Plan. These lessons, along with other fun, engaging

and educational activities, help parents and teachers have meaningful

and vital fire safety conversations with children and students.

Over the years, celebrities such as Ron Howard, Dick Van Dyke, Jack

Benny, Jimmy Dean, Mr. Green Jeans and Captain Kangaroo, Carol Channing,

Red Skelton, Johnny Carson, Robert Young, Henry “the Fonz”. Winkler and

Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan have helped The Hartford

recognise children who participated in the Junior Fire Marshal program.

For more information about The Hartford’s Home Fire Index and Junior

Fire Marshal Program, visit www.thehartford.com/jfm.

1According to the National Fire Protection

Association

2NFIRS is a voluntary reporting system run by the

Federal Emergency Management Agency based on data submitted by fire

departments from around the country. The data was standardized based on

population size and adjusted as needed to reflect the voluntary nature

of the data within the system.

About The Hartford Home Fire Index

The Hartford Home Fire Index is based on a study of the largest U.S.

cities with a minimum of 80,000 housing units as reported by the 2010

U.S. Census. The Hartford calculated a rate of residential fires using

the number of residential structure fires from the 2014 National Fire

Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data, dividing by 2010 U.S. Census

housing units. The Hartford also conducted a survey on fire safety and

prevention behaviors among the general population in late 2016 and in

early 2017. Survey respondents (approximately 100 per city) were given a

score based on adoption of fire safety best practices. Standardized fire

rates and survey scores were averaged to produce a composite score for

each city.

About The Hartford

The Hartford is a leader in property and casualty insurance, group

benefits and mutual funds. With more than 200 years of expertise, The

Hartford is widely recognised for its service excellence, sustainability

practices, trust and integrity. More information on the company and its

financial performance is available at https://www.thehartford.com.

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headquartered in Hartford, Conn. For additional details, please read The

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