HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A home fire is reported in the U.S. every 90 seconds and 33 percent of home fires are started by children 6-9 years old.¹ In an effort to help reduce home fires, in 2018, The Hartford will donate a total of $700,000 in grants and educate approximately 500,000 children about the importance of fire prevention and safety.
This initiative is part of a three-year commitment, announced in 2017 as part of The Hartford’s Junior Fire Marshal Program®, that will provide $2 million in grants and educate 1.5 million children in the 100 cities with the highest home fire risk in The Hartford’s Home Fire Index.² Last year, the company donated a total of $590,000 in grants and educated more than 350,000 students about fire safety in more than 25 cities. In 2018, The Hartford will provide donations to an additional 35 cities on the index.
“The Hartford is on a mission to eliminate the continuing risk of home fires to our communities,” said The Hartford’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Kathleen Bromage. “By educating children between the ages of 6-9 about fire safety, through our partnerships with educators, parents and local fire firefighters, we believe we can significantly reduce the number of home fires in the U.S.”
2018 Grant Cities
The following 35 cities will each receive a $20,000 grant; $10,000 will be given to each local fire department and $10,000 to each public school district:
|Akron, Ohio³||Fort Worth, Texas³||Modesto, Calif.|
|Amarillo, Texas||Fresno, Calif.||Omaha, Neb.|
|Baton Rouge, La.||Glendale, Ariz.||Paradise, Nev.|
|Chesapeake, Va.||Grand Rapids, Mich.||Rockford, Ill.|
|Clearwater, Fla.||Hollywood, Fla.³||San Francisco, Calif.|
|Columbus, Ga.||Kansas City, Mo.||Spring Valley, Nev.|
|Columbus, Ohio||Las Vegas, Nev.||Springfield, Mo.|
|Denver, Co.||Lexington, Ky.||St. Louis, Mo.|
|Des Moines, Iowa||Lubbock, Texas||Tacoma, Wash.|
|Eugene, Ore.³||Miami, Fla.||Tulsa, Okla.|
|Evansville, Ind.||Minneapolis, Minn.||Winston-Salem, N.C.|
|Fort Lauderdale, Fla.||Mobile, Ala.|
In addition to the monetary donation, The Hartford will distribute free Junior Fire Marshal educational kits to K-3 classrooms in each public school district in these 35 cities. The classroom kit comes with The Hartford’s signature red fire helmets, an educator and parent guide and coloring posters designed to introduce fire safety concepts to children.
The Hartford will be visiting schools in select cities across the U.S. with its mobile fire safety house to immerse students in fire safety demonstrations using technology that simulates various home fire situations.
The company will also hold Junior Fire Marshal days in several Major League Baseball stadiums and Minor League Baseball parks to raise awareness about the importance of fire safety and to honor first responders/firefighters. The children attending these games will also be asked to participate in a Junior Fire Marshal pledge.
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. For more information about The Hartford’s Home Fire Index and Junior Fire Marshal Program, visit www.thehartford.com/jfm.
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 each city.
¹According to data from the National Fire Protection Association.
²The Index is based on an analysis of the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and a survey conducted by The Hartford on fire safety and prevention behaviors among the general population.
³Fire departments in these cities received their $10,000 grant in Dec. 2017. In 2018, Syracuse, Bronx, Rochester and Shreveport school districts will be receiving a $10,000 fire safety education grant.
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