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Surgical FiresDid you know that an estimated 550 to 650 surgical fires occur in the United States each year? It was news to me. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its partners have just launched the “Preventing Surgical Fires” initiative to raise awareness of the risks of surgical fires and promote the adoption of risk reduction practices throughout the healthcare community. The initiative is providing patients with information on surgical fires including the risks, how these fires happen and things that can be done to reduce the possibility of a fire. Healthcare professionals can find recommendations on preventing surgical fires as well as resources and tools. Videos, checklists, and more have been created for this project.

- Judy Comoletti

Vote Voting has officially begun for NFPA’s College Fire Safety Video Contest.  From now through October 28, visitors to Sparky’s Facebook page can vote for their favorite PSA made by college students across the U.S. and Canada. 

Sparky and the Center for Campus Fire Safety launched the contest during Campus Fire Safety Month in September and asked college students to submit a 30- or 60- second video PSA using NFPA’s fire safety messaging.  Contestants with winning submissions will receive a $500, $250, or $100 dollar Amazon gift card.  That’s a big chunk of change in the eyes of a college student, so take a few moments and vote for your favorite video now!

-Courtney Flynn’s time again for the creepy decorations, falling leaves, endless costumes, and lit Jack-o-lanterns. As families across the country begin to prepare for what has become an increasingly popular holiday, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding everyone to take a few simple safety precautions in order to ensure a fun, safe, and not too scary Halloween.

“It’s an exciting holiday especially for the kids but if precautions are not taken, scary things can happen,” said Lorraine Carli NFPA’s vice president of communications. “Candle decorations and flowing costumes create an extra risk of fire.” According to Carli, candle fires represent a leading cause of U.S. home fires and Halloween is one of the top five days for candle fires.

Read more Halloween safety tips from NFPA.

Judy Comoletti, NFPA Division Manager of Public Education, talks about how planning ahead can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one.

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