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Over 200 public education and community risk reduction specialists from 14 states gathered in Edison, New Jersey this week to hear from a variety of subject matter experts from across nine states at the Mid-Atlantic Safety Summit.  Topics included; the ABC's of Public Education Messaging, an update on NPFA 3000, the Remembering When Program, an overview of Regional data, and model programs from the Mid-Atlantic Region. Charles Lavin, from the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety, encouraged attendees to take advantage of the networking opportunity at the event as well, noting that the concept for this Summit came out of a similar setting this past June at NFPA's Conference and Expo.

Pictured (L to R) Charles Lavin NJDFS Community Risk Reduction Unit. Meredith Hawse Pub Ed Specialist, NFPA, Richard Mikutsky, Director NJDFS and NJ State Fire Marshal, Kevin Krushinski, Chairman, NJ Fire Safety Commission.

Infographic including winter themes and fire safety tips

NFPA has teamed up once again with the U.S. Fire Administration for the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign to help remind everyone that the winter months are the leading time of year for home fires. The updated infographics, available in English and Spanish include safety tips on cooking, heating, candles, and holiday decorating and can be used as handouts, social media posts, or displayed on bulletin boards. The infographics are among the many items provided this season on holiday safety.

Headshot of Lisa Braxton on a facebook pageIf you’re interested in learning more about how NFPA’s educational messaging is created, how to use the Educational Messages Desk Reference, and details on the newest additions to the document, then you’ll want to listen to an interview in which I was the guest on CRR radio. Ed Comeau, a former fire investigator whose firm, Writer-Tech.com publishes the monthly newsletter Campus Firewatch, conducted the interview. The 2018 edition of the Educational Messages Desk Reference for the Fire Service and Fire and Life Safety Educators has 27 chapters of burn and fire safety messaging and includes sections tailored to young audiences and individuals with limited English proficiency.

Schoolchildren holding the Fire Prevention Week banner. They are flanked by fire officials

Sparky the Fire Dog® and his friend Simon, the smoke alarm tester, were the talk of a primary school in Tehran, Iran, recently as part of Fire Prevention Week.

Fire officials, including Abbas Khadangi (far left) and public educator Neda Hajikhanian (right) presented the Look, Listen, Learn theme to the children in both English and Persian. Neda says that in the future, she and her colleagues are hoping to bring NFPA’s educational messages to additional primary school students, high school students and community members.

Headshots of Denise Hynes and Laura KingToronto Fire Services Public Educator and 2018 NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Denise Hynes, works in the fifth largest fire department in North America. Learn how she has developed workshops, prop kits, and safety events using NFPA resources to reach community members from preschool to older adult and across diverse groups. She will be joined by Laura King, NFPA public education representative.

The webinar takes place on Tuesday, November 13, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST.

 

Big, bold efforts were made in Michigan this week in effort to raise awareness for Fire Prevention Week, with an end-goal to affect the fire fatality rate that seems to be on the rise in Michigan.  A state-wide proclamation was signed by Governor Rick Snyder proclaiming October as not just Fire Prevention Week, but Fire Prevention Month, stating that "the majority of fire deaths, (4 out of 5) occur at home each year, and if you have a fire in your home you are more likely to die today than you were a few decades ago according to the National Fire Protection Association".  And he continued "Michiganders are urged to create and practice a home escape plan that includes identifying two exits from every room in the home".

 

State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer shared Governor Snyder's proclamation along with a Community Risk Reduction (CRR) National Fire Prevention Week Social Media Toolkit across the state encouraging prevention specialists and educators to follow the calendar that was provided, and to focus on messaging for the entire month of October. "Please also encourage your friends and family to share the daily message" he urged.

 

Michael McLeieer, President of E.S.C.A.P.E. Inc., kicked off live broadcasts for Fire Prevention Week 2018 at WOOD TV 8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a great representation from fire officials from all over the state representing both the career and paid on call / volunteer fire service. Support was on hand from AARP, the NFPA, and Sparky the Fire Dog to encourage Michiganders of all ages to "Look.  Listen.  Learn.  Be aware.  Fire can start anywhere".  "Despite the cold and damp weather, it was another huge success." Michael reported, "We were able to get a lot of messaging out to the viewers".  Michael and "Jake the Fire Dog" continued to spread the fire safety messages through Jake's social media page

Fire Departments in six states received Fire Prevention Week kits from State Farm Community outreach grants this October.  Thanks to the generosity of State Farm, agents delivered kits to fire departments to expand their fire prevention activities.  Fire Departments that attended fire safety summits in three states and other trainings in Michigan and Ohio were surprised by resources for their community.  State Farm has funded Fire Safety summits across the nation this year and continue to support the Wildfire Preparedness Day and Arson Dog programs.  Its true that Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm IS THERE!

Monroe Fire Department and State Farm Agent Brent Harris show off donated Fire Prevention Week kit

Operation Save a Life launched in Georgia yesterday with fire departments from the surrounding areas attending this media event and smoke alarm distribution.  WSB-TV has teamed up with local fire departments, Kidde, The Home Depot and attorney Ken Nugent for the 2018 Operation Save a Life fire safety awareness campaign. Five thousand smoke alarms donated by Kidde were made available in the Atlanta area for residents who can’t afford to buy them.

Through Operation Save a Life, Kidde has donated more than 1.3 million smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to fire departments. NFPA, the Georgia Office of State Fire Marshal Educator Karla Richter and many fire departments connected on how to expand education, smoke alarm installation and outreach during Fire Prevention Week. With Hurricane Michael on its way into Florida and then into Georgia, there were lots of conversations about generator safety and how to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning. 

 

 

 

 

Fire Prevention Week is all about partnerships and how we all reach the community. This years theme:  Look. Listen. Learn. Fire can Happen Anywhere is a great theme to share with families.  Nationwide through the Make Safe Happen campaign has joined NFPA to help promote Fire Prevention Week.   Nationwide and partner agents are sharing social media posts this week to bring awareness to the importance of working smoke alarms and drawing a home escape plan.  Agents shared the NFPA “Simon” social posts with more than 3000 consumers with more than 425 agents have posted one or more of the filmstrip-type posts.

 

Make Safe Happen media outreach features Dale Earnhardt Jr. and His Sister Kelley talking about their childhood home fire experience. These videos are great tools to enhance your fire safety campaign.  At the end of Fire Prevention Week. on Saturday October 13th we are encouraging families to participate in Home Fire Drill Day.  For more information visit www.homefiredrillday.com.

Last week a unique partnership came together in an effort to reach more youth in after school programming with fire safety messages.  The East Providence Fire Department, along with the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Providence, and staff from NFPA spent time together reviewing NFPA's Learn Not to Burn Program for kids preschool to grade 2.  As the Club members rolled in after school, a fire engine and energized fire department personnel and Club staff were waiting to greet them with important messages about smoke alarms and home escape plans.  The East Providence Boys and Girls Club is piloting the Learn Not to Burn Program over the next few weeks, and with over 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs across the U.S., and nearly 30,000 fire departments, the opportunity for more collaboration is surely in the future!

The Nevada State Fire Marshal, in coordination with the Fire Prevention Association of Nevada
(FPAN) and participating Fire Departments statewide, are excited to announce the winners of the second
annual State of Nevada Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest.
This year’s National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen.
Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate about three basic but essential steps to take to
reduce the likelihood of having a fire and how to escape safely in the event of one. National Fire Prevention
Week is October 7 - 13, 2018. Applicants statewide in three grade categories submitted their artwork based on the campaign theme. The posters of the first place winners of each of the categories will be featured on billboards in the Elko, Reno/Sparks, Carson City and Las Vegas areas. Each winner will also receive a plaque from the Nevada State Fire Marshal, a certificate from FPAN, and recognition from the NFPA. Artwork may also be used in publications, exhibits, displays and on websites to promote fire safety and education.  “We are excited to have received so many creative posters from across Nevada,” said State Fire Marshal Chief Bart Chambers, “Contests like these help to promote fire safety education with students who will take information from the classroom to their homes and help keep their community fire safe. Congratulations to the winners, to all students and schools, and the local Fire Departments for the outstanding artwork and for helping to promote such an important message.” To learn more about the winners visit the Nevada State Fire Marshal website.

Thomasville Fire Department and local agencies kick off FPW 2018 in NC

Kids are usually the target of Fire Prevention Week in communities during the month of October.  But with Sparky's new friend Simon alongside him, we are reaching all audiences with this years theme: Look, Listen, Learn: Fire can happen anywhere. At the beginning of October, Thomasville Fire Department  teamed up with Thomasville Medical Center's "Connection Link" to bring 18 area agencies together for a Fire Prevention Week Celebration geared toward senior adults. This marked the Fifth Annual Senior Fire Safety Day with each year the attendance growing. For more resources and ideas on how to make Fire Prevention Week exciting visit our campaign website

A coloring sheet featuring eye-catching geometric shapes and a clever word- and phrase-find activity with a fire safety theme.

There’s been a surge of interest among adults in putting crayon to paper and coloring between the lines. In communities across North America, coloring book clubs, parties, and meetings for mature audiences have been launched at libraries, Look. Listen. Learn in big letters. Sparky looks on as the character Simon holds an i-pad with an escape plan on it.community centers, and in private homes. Imagine a coloring sheet featuring eye-catching geometric shapes and a clever word- and phrase-find activity with a fire safety theme. NFPA’s coloring sheet fits the bill and is a great tool for enhancing Fire Prevention Week presentations with adults and young adults. Bring along the kids' coloring sheet for added fun with younger artists.

 

How do the public's beliefs and attitudes toward health shape their behaviors? This recent webinar hosted by Andrea Vastis, senior director of public education at NFPA, reviews the basics of how people perceive their risk to fire and other health and safety issues, and how they take action (or not) based on those perceptions.

 

In particular, the webinar addresses:

  • how people assess and navigate risk
  • how you can engage audiences in ways that motivate them to make healthy/safe choices
  • how to manage frustration that sometimes comes from trying to motivate people to change their ways

 

The full webinar also addresses how fire and community service personnel can use simple motivational interviewing techniques to support positive change. It will be available to registered Xchange users at no cost for the next 30 days. Make sure to watch it!

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An interview with Simon!

Posted by meredithhawes Employee Sep 27, 2018

As Fire Prevention Week draws closer and closer, the calls and emails are pouring in to NFPA’s Regional Education Specialists for assistance and direction on the tools and resources available to share this year’s theme “Look.  Listen.  Learn.  Be aware.  Fire can happen anywhere”!  It should have come of no surprise that our newest Fire Prevention Week champion and character, Simon, also received a request!  The Fire Marshals Association of Minnesota reached out the NFPA with a few key questions for Simon.  And of course, the smart and resourceful friend of Sparky the Fire Dog®, was happy to offer an interview to inform the public on the fundamentals of reducing the likelihood of fires and how to respond in the case of an emergency.

 

FMAM:  What is your role at NFPA?

Simon:  I am a new pal of Sparky the Fire Dog, and a spokes-character for NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week theme this year, “Look.  Listen.  Learn.  Be aware.  Fire can happen anywhere.”   

FMAM:  What intrigues you the most about fire prevention? 

Simon: This year’s FPW campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire––and how to escape safely in the event of one:

“LOOK” for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

“LISTEN” for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

“LEARN” two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

And as Sparky’s friend, I am helping teach this year’s FPW messages by spreading fire-safety messages to adults and children alike.

FMAM:  How does this year’s fire prevention theme, “Look. Listen. Learn.” speak to you?

Simon:  Well it speaks to me because it speaks directly to grown-ups and kids about the things that they need to do to be safe!  No matter where you are, it’s important to think about your safety from fire. Home is the place people are at greatest risk to fire, but it’s important to be aware and prepared no matter where you go.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” highlights critical ways to ensure your safety from fire, and I would like to share some ways to stay safe outside of your home:

Out and About

When you’re out and about, situational awareness is key! Remember to be aware of your surroundings and make a plan for how you would escape a building in the event of a fire or other emergency.

  • When you’re preparing to enter a building, ask yourself if it looks safe and well-maintained.
  • Check to see that doors aren’t locked or blocked from the inside.
  • Look for the two closest exits and identify the path you would take to reach them.
  • If you hear the fire alarm system sound, take it seriously and exit the building calmly but quickly. This is particularly important in larger occupancies like malls and movie theaters, where it may be too late to escape if you wait to see evidence of fire.

You can find more information, tips, and talking points on being safe inside and outside your home, here www.nfpa.org/fpw

Thanks for the interview! I hope everyone has a great Fire Prevention Week Campaign! And for my full interview click here!

 

 

 

 

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