The Hartford brings Junior Fire Marshal® program to the city and
donates a total of $20,000 to the school district and fire department
for fire safety education
HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to The
Hartford’s Home Fire Index, Richmond, Va. ranks No. 5 among the 100
U.S. cities with the highest home fire risk. The Index is based on an
analysis of the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident
Reporting System (NFIRS)¹ and a survey conducted by The
Hartford on fire safety and prevention behaviors among the general
A home fire is reported in the U.S. every 86 seconds and 33 percent of
home fires are started by children 6-9 years old.² As part of the 70th
anniversary of The Hartford’s Junior Fire Marshal program, which is one
of the country’s oldest corporate-sponsored public education programs,
The Hartford is donating a total of $20,000 to the Richmond public
school district and fire department for fire safety education. The
donation is part of a larger commitment the company made to all the
cities on The
Hartford’s Home Fire Index.
In addition, to the monetary donation, The Hartford will also distribute
Junior Fire Marshal educational materials to children in kindergarten
through third grade in the Richmond public school district. The Hartford
Junior Fire Marshal 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 Junior Fire Marshal program is part of The Hartford’s ongoing
commitment to help build safer communities,” said Debora Raymond,
spokesperson for The Hartford’s Junior Fire Marshal program. “We are
pleased to be able to bring this program to the city of Richmond and
empower the next generation of children to take an active role in
reducing the fire risk in their homes.”
In Richmond, lightning, cooking and electrical fires are the leading
causes of home fires according to The Hartford’s claims data.³
Forty-five percent of home fires in Richmond were caused by lightning,
11 percent by cooking followed by 10 percent by electrical fires.
Many Richmond residents engage in behaviors that can increase the risk
of a home fire according to The Hartford survey. Charging a phone
overnight is considered moderate risk, yet charging a phone overnight on
your bed, leaving your kitchen with the stove on, or leaving a room with
a candle burning are considered high risk. The survey found:
40 percent admitted they had charged a device (e.g., cell phone,
tablet, laptop) in or on their bed overnight in the past year –
compared with 34 percent nationally.
56 percent said that in the past year, they have left the kitchen
while cooking something on a stove – compared with 58 percent
41 percent revealed that they have left a room with a candle lit at
least once over the past year – compared with 37 percent nationally.
The Hartford to Host Junior Fire Marshal Day at Miles Jones
The Hartford will host a hands-on fire safety day for students in grades
kindergarten through third in partnership with the Richmond fire
department and Miles Jones Elementary School. This includes a simulated
fire and smoke demonstration in The Hartford Fire Safety House, an
opportunity to meet local firefighters, tour their fire truck and try on
gear. The event will take place at Miles Jones Elementary School on
Thursday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT.
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
through this innovative and educational program. The program teaches
lifesaving lessons such as Stop, Drop and Roll, Go Low in Smoke and Draw
a Home Fire Escape Plan. These lessons, along with other fun, engaging
and educational activities, help parents and teachers have meaningful
and vital fire safety conversations with children and students.
Over the years, celebrities such as Ron Howard, Dick Van Dyke, Jack
Benny, Jimmy Dean, Mr. Green Jeans and Captain Kangaroo, Carol Channing,
Red Skelton, Johnny Carson, Robert Young, Henry “the Fonz” Winkler and
Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan have helped The Hartford
recognize children who participated in the Junior Fire Marshal program.
For more information about The Hartford’s Home Fire Index and Junior
Fire Marshal Program, visit www.thehartford.com/jfm.
1NFIRS is a voluntary reporting system run by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency based on data submitted by fire
departments from around the country. The data was standardized based on
population size and adjusted as needed to reflect the voluntary nature
of the data within the system.
2According to the National Fire Protection
3 Based on an analysis of The Hartford claims data
in the city of Richmond between 2010 and 2016
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
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