Thank a Firefighter
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TAKE ACTION TODAY
- When you see firefighters in uniform, walk up and thank them for keeping you and your community safe.
- Get out of the way. Pull your car to the right when you hear a siren or see a fire truck with its lights on.
- Organize your friends, co-workers, neighborhood, or child's class to create and deliver a thank-you card to your local fire station.
- Donate to firefighter benefits and causes.
- Minimize your risk of fires—install smoke detectors, keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, don't overload power plugs, clear brush from around your house, and don't flick your cigarette butts.
- There are over 1,149,000 firefighters.
- 72% of firefighters are volunteers with 70% or more of fire departments staffed 100% by volunteers.
- More than 118 firefighters die in the line of duty each year.
- 1.6 million or more fires are reported annually.
- Fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined, with over 4,000 deaths annually.
- The U.S. has one of the highest rates of death due to fire in the industrialized world.