U.S. Department of Commerce National Fire Prevention and Control Administration: Fourth Annual Report of the Secretary of Commerce   [open pdf - 3MB]

"While the report describes in detail all of the Agency's efforts to reduce the loss of life and property caused by fire, your special attention is invited to the following highlights: The National Fire Administration announced the findings of its first national estimates of death, injury, and property losses due to fires in the United States in October 1977. Findings indicate that approximately 7,500 Americans die and 310,000 are injured annually. The property damage cost is $4.2 billion. A smoke detector campaign was developed, including a five-part series of booklets which assist local fire departments to promote use of the devices in their communities. Under the smoke detector training program, 975 smoke detector specialists from 238 communities were trained in September and October 1977. These specialists were scheduled to train another 16,800 local fire department personnel. The Administration's National Academy for Fire Prevention and Control developed a series of 10 courses for presentation in 1978 in the 10 Federal regions. The master planning for fire prevention and control program moved from pilot to implementation stage during 1977. Two guides, the Basic Guide and the Urban Guide, were released to assist different size locales in developing fire prevention and control master plans. Continued research in the field of smoke detectors conducted by the National Bureau of Standards, Center for Fire Research, in conjunction with Underwriters Laboratories, led to UL [Underwriters Laboratories] adoption of the first smoke detector standard in the U.S., U.L. 217, which helps to assure the consumer of a quality product."

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