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The U.S Fire Administration is a component of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). They’re launching a national strategy to combat an increase in deadly fires.

  • The chances of dying in a fire are higher today than 40 years ago because the building materials used today are far less resistant to fire than they were previously, Lori Moore-Merrell, U.S. Fire Administrator, explained.
  • A lot of buildings, especially public housing, are not equipped with sprinkler systems or automatic fire suppression systems, according to Moore-Merrell, making escape plans even more important.
  • Firefighters are at an increased risk of cancer because many materials found inside homes and buildings release carcinogens as they burn, she said. The U.S. Fire Administration is looking at ways to address this.
  • A new law says that if a building does not have hardwire smoke alarms, it must install either hardwire or tamper-proof smoke alarms, Moore-Merrell stated.

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