The following is a transcript of the Fire Safety History Infographic:
Fire Safety History
Significant dates in fire safety history, statistics, important NFPA codes.
January 1, 1853: First practical fire engine is tested (Cincinnati, Ohio)
April 1, 1853: First salaried fire department established (Cincinnati, Ohio)
May 19, 1857: First U.S. patent on an automatic fire alarm system issued
November 6, 1896: National Fire Protection Association is founded (Boston, Massachusetts)
May 18, 1971: NFPA standard 19B requires SCBA* use during firefighting
*Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
2011: 1,389,500 fires reported in the United States
686,000 Outside & other fires
484,500 Structure fires
219,000 Vehicle fires
These fires caused:
$11.7 billion property damage ($9.7 billion, $616 million, $1.4 billion)
17,500 civilian injuries (15,635 675 1,190)
3,005 civilian deaths (2,640 65 300)
Important Fire Safety Methods
NFPA is responsible for over 300 fire codes, some of the most important are:
NFPA 1—Fire Code: Advances fire and life safety for the public and first responders as well as property protection by providing a comprehensive, integrated approach to fire code regulation and hazard management.
NFPA 101—Life Safety Code: Establishes minimum requirements for new and existing buildings to protect building occupants from fire, smoke, and toxic fumes.
NFPA 70—National Electric Code: Accepted code for electrical installations.
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