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