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NESMA 6-year-old Alabama child received severe burns after coming into contact with a transformer in a public sports complex late last month. With the end of the school year rapidly approaching leaving children with more time to play outdoors and summer recreational activities in full swing, NFPA and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) are joining forces to warn the public about outdoor electrical dangers that can pose as safety threats to children.

This collaborative effort is part of National Electrical Safety Month, an annual public awareness campaign sponsored by ESFI to promote the importance of electrical safety and educate key audiences about the steps that can be taken to prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities at home, in public, and in the workplace.

NFPA and ESFI are offering the following tips for parents to enforce to their children this summer to ensure that they avoid electrical shock or burns while playing outdoors:

  • Electrical equipment enclosures and boxes      should not be used as a playground toy or something to sit on or play      around. Equipment that has been damaged or not maintained can present a      shock hazard.
  • If you see a power line on the ground, tell an      adult right away.
  • If there is lightning, do not stand near trees. Go inside right      away.
  • Parents should notify town or local officials      if they observe electrical equipment that is in a state of disrepair so      that repairs can be initiated.

For more information on keeping children safe and for educational resources, visit www.nfpa.org and www.electrical-safety.org

Eric Kuligowski leads workshop at SUPDET 2012

Erica Kuligowski leads workshop at SUPDET 2012

During the recent SupDet 2012, the Fire Protection Research Foundation held a well attended workshop on emergency messaging, which involved the development of emergency messaging templates that will serve as the technical basis for explanatory material in the next edition of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.  Guidance was presented to workshop attendees by Erica Kuligowski of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) who is currently working on a guidance document on emergency messaging for a Foundation project sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Then, workshop attendees were split into groups to develop message templates for various types of scenarios, which were then critiqued by the other workshop attendees, which included several experts on human behavior.  The critiqued, expert-driven messages will be included in the guidance document, which will later be used by NFPA 72 Technical Committees to create explanatory material for development of emergency messages.  

This workshop also provided workshop attendees an opportunity to practice message development and planning, which made for an interesting and fun session for all.  Please keep on the lookout for official workshop proceedings, which will be posted on the Foundation website.

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WeBulldog have talked often about the success and fun we had during Sparky’s 60th Birthday campaign last year, but it's now being honored beyond NFPA. This week we were notified that NFPA has won a 2012 Bulldog Media Relations Awards for Excellence in Media and Publicity Campaigns for our "Sparky the Fire Dog turns 60" campaign and will receive a Bronze award in the Best Not-for-Profit/Association/Government Campaign category.

Sparky 60 yearsWinners were chosen exclusively by working journalists from hundreds of entries representing the very best strategic and tactical prowess that PR/corporate communications has to offer. Campaigns were judged by a team of working journalists, who assessed them on the basis of their ability to achieve extraordinary visibility and influence opinion, as well as on their creativity, command of media and technology, and tenacity.

This is a terrific honor for NFPA and we are very proud to have been selected as an award winner. We knew all along that Sparky’s year-long birthday celebration was a winner - now it’s officially an award-winning celebration!

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