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Working Toward the Elimination of Residential Fire Deaths: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Smoke Alarm Installation and Fire Safety Education (SAIFE) Program

Ballesteros, Michael F. PhD; Jackson, Mark L. BS; Martin, Maurice W. PhD

Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation: September/October 2005 - Volume 26 - Issue 5 - pp 434-439
Burn Prevention Section

To address residential fires and related injuries, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funds state health departments to deliver a Smoke Alarm Installation and Fire Safety Education (SAIFE) program in high-risk homes in 16 states. This program involves recruiting local communities and community partners, hiring a local coordinator, canvassing neighborhood homes, installing long-lasting lithium-powered smoke alarms, and providing general fire safety education and 6-month follow-up to determine alarm functionality. Local fire departments are vital community partners in delivering this program. Since the program's inception, more than 212,000 smoke alarms have been installed in more than 126,000 high-risk homes. Additionally, approximately 610 lives have potentially been saved as a result of a program alarm that provided early warning to a dangerous fire incident.

From the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.

Address correspondence to Michael F. Ballesteros, PhD, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 4770 Buford Highway, NE, Mailstop K-63 Atlanta, Georgia 30341.

©2005The American Burn Association