Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I bother being tested about fire safety? It's just common sense, isn't it?

Answer: Most fire deaths, injuries, and losses are completely preventable; they occur because people are unprepared. Those who bother to get educated about fire safety experience a dramatically lower incidence of fire events and fire losses.

Why is fire safety relevant to me? Isn't that what the fire department and building inspectors are for?

Answer: Your safety always begins with your own conduct, knowledge, and preparation. Ultimately, every individual is responsible for their own safety, especially when it comes to their residential environment. Building inspectors will inspect your home according to certain codes, not necessarily to fire codes. There are typically large gaps between building codes, and what is considered fire safety codes. The fire department and their staff do an exceptional job at educating the mass public, but cannot put the resources or time into educating beyond public service messaging.

What do I need to worry about fires for, they don't seem that common to me. Aren’t the odds of me being in a fire pretty low?

Answer: People die in fires every day in the United States. None of them expect to be caught in a fire – they’re all stunned that it happened to them. It’s the ability to understand fire, preventive measures, and proper safety practices that makes the difference for those who survive.

I have smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher in my home, isn’t that enough?

Answer: No. Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are a good start, but there is far more to fire safety. For example, do you know what type of smoke detectors or extinguishers you have or when they were last tested for operational integrity? If not, you’re risk skyrockets. Have you ever used a fire extinguisher; do you know how to operate one properly? If not, it may be of no use to you when you need it.

Why is taking the NIFAST Fire Safety Course worth it to me? What do I gain?

Answer: Those who study the NIFAST fire safety course materials and pass the course test gain knowledge that enables them to minimize the incidence of fire and fire loss, and save lives when fire occurs. It’s hard to imagine anything more one could gain from a little focus and a little effort.

Can’t I just read a fire safety brochure that I pick up for free at the local fire station and learn most of what I need about fire safety?

Answer: NIFAST encourages you to read as much as you can about fire safety. While there are plenty of good fire safety resources available online and elsewhere that provide some information, NIFAST’s Fire Safety Training courses are comprehensive; they’re unique in the scope of their coverage and the testing methodology. The course materials are designed to focus on the fire risks and challenges relevant to specific environments, like colleges, or residential dwellings, or industrial settings. Students are exposed to fire safety practices many times throughout the process, through instant results and instructional feedback that ensures mastery of the subject. We deliver real knowledge and real survival tools.


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