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Image of hoverboard followed by bulleted safety tips

According to an article from USA Today Network, Sherrice Lyles, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, had heard the warnings about hoverboards–the self-balancing scooters–but when a nonprofit where her son volunteers gave him one of the boards last summer, she thought it had passed inspection.

The hoverboard caught fire this week as it charged in her son's bedroom. It nearly burned down the family's house. "My son's was plugged in for only about 10 minutes," said Lyles.

smoke alarm alerted Lyles to the fire. No one was injured in the fire. The family lost clothing and furniture.

"I just want people to be aware that none of them are good," she said. "You never know if you have a good one or a bad one." Since the first wave of their popularity a few years ago, dozens of reports have surfaced of the hoverboards catching fire.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of hundreds of thousands of the scooters. Since then, more hoverboards have combusted. NFPA’s Hoverboard Safety tip sheet offers precautions and a list of signs to look for indicating that a hoverboard could be a problem.

A Fire Prevention Week kickoff banner overhead. People standing nearby listening to a fire marshal official. Sparky the fire dog there to greet the public

With Fire Prevention Week two months away, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office has plans in place for this year’s FPW kickoff at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville. As in years’ past, the Education and Outreach section of the fire marshal’s office will use FPW in a Box to create goody bags for children. Sparky the Fire Dog will be in attendance, and the Fire Prevention Week banner will be strung between two ladder trucks in front of the Bicentennial Mall entrance.

Officials from the fire marshal’s office typically spend Fire Prevention Week traveling to different events across the state as a show of support to local fire departments. Typically, the Saturday of Fire Prevention Week consists of smoke alarm canvassing.

Fire Prevention Week banner

For the 10th consecutive year, NFPA and Domino’s are teaming up to deliver fire safety messages and pizza during Fire Prevention Week (FPW), which this year will be held October 8-14. NFPA is encouraging fire departments to join forces with their local Domino’s store to implement the campaign in their communities. 

Here’s how the program works: 

  • Call or visit your local Domino’s store and ask the owner/manager to participate in an easy-to-execute program that will promote fire safety during FPW.
  • Select a day and time period–usually 2-3 hours–to randomly choose one to three pizza orders to deliver aboard a fire engine. The participating Domino’s delivery expert will follow the fire engine in his or her car.
  • When the pizza delivery arrives, the firefighters will check the home for working smoke alarms. If the smoke alarms work, the customer’s order is free (cost absorbed by the Domino’s store). If the smoke alarms aren’t working, the fire department will replace the batteries or install fully functioning smoke alarms (cost absorbed by the fire department). 

Partnering with Domino’s presents a fun and powerful way to reinforce this year’s campaign theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out!™,” which emphasizes the importance of developing and practicing a home fire escape plan.

Domino’s Fire Prevention Week Sweepstakes

Fire departments that sign up from August 15-31 to participate in this program will automatically be entered into Domino’s FPW Sweepstakes. Domino’s will randomly select three winners who will receive the NFPA’s “Fire Prevention Week in a Box 300.”

Sign up to participate

If your fire department would like to participate in the NFPA and Domino’s FPW program, please email Danielle Bulger at Signup emails sent August 15-31 will be entered into the Sweepstakes. The FPW Sweepstakes winners will be drawn on or around September 5.

Group photo of participants standing on the front steps of NFPA headquarters

The first  Remembering When™ Next Steps workshop is underway at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, Massachusetts. Fourteen teams from across North America that are currently using the program for older adults in their communities are meeting to discuss strategies for growing stronger programs and building community partnerships. Each team for this free Remembering When Next Steps logotraining includes at least one member who participated in local or national Remembering When training in the past. Each team includes at least one fire department representative. The two-day training concludes August 9th. Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, was developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible.

Two small children standing in front of exhibit filled with Fire Prevention Week materials and other safety materials

Cheerleaders and Sparky on a float

Sparky the Fire Dog® was right at home at this year’s Delaware State Fair. The annual event–held July 20th-29th–is well known for its exhibits and demonstrations on agriculture, horticulture, rural and domestic economy, and mechanical arts, but also provides plenty of room for fire safety education.

The Delaware State Fire School hosted a booth showcasing this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!™. Visitors learned about smoke alarms and home escape planning and were provided with copies of the FPW adult brochure, safety tip sheets, the Fire Prevention Week Kids’ Activity Posters, and other related items. The fire school also made available NFPA’s Barn Fire Safety checklist, fitting for the agricultural event.

Anna and Will Scott (pictured above) filled their FPW goody bags with items they planned to take home to share with their families. The University of Delaware Cheer Squad joined Sparky in one of the nightly parades.

Group photo with Dolly Hulin at the center holding the award, The Sparky statue

The application for the 2018 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award is now available. The deadline is February 9, 2018.

NFPA is looking for fire and life safety educators in the United States and Canada who

  • Work for a local fire department or fire marshal’s office.
  • Use NFPA educational programs and materials in a consistent and creative way.
  • Demonstrate excellence and innovation, reaching out to the community with NFPA materials.

The Educator of the Year receives a $1,000 honorarium and travel and registration to NFPA Conference in Las Vegas in June 2018 for an award presentation.

The local fire department receives a $1,000 donation to support public education activities.

For Dolly Hulin, (pictured in red) Fire and Life Safety Education Division Chief of the Thomasville Fire Department in Thomasville, North Carolina, being chosen the 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year was both exciting and humbling.

“It was an honor to attend the NFPA Conference and experience the workshops and networking opportunities with other fire and life safety educators. I have gained knowledge and ideas that I’ve brought back to my community to build on.”

Chief Hulin is known for her extraordinary commitment to fire and burn prevention education. Her outreach efforts include Safety Fest, an event she created to raise awareness during Fire Prevention Week.

“This award is a reflection of a lot of people who contributed to providing resources and time educating us about NFPA’s outreach and advocacy programs and devoted themselves to providing fire and life safety programs and information to our community members that is accurate and consistent.”

Applicants for Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year can be nominated or self-nominated.

A picture of lightning striking over treesA home in Lakewood, New Jersey, caught fire earlier this week when lightning hit its roof in the early morning hours. According to Jersey Shore Online, the resident was alerted to the smoke alarm sound around 4:30 a.m., assumed it went off in error and did not immediately call the authorities. When the alarm went off again later that morning around 9 a.m., the resident started to smell smoke and decided to call the Lakewood Fire Department. Firefighters arriving on the scene quickly discovered a fire in the attic that started as a result of the early morning lighting strike. They were able to confine and extinguish the flames before they spread throughout the house.

“Had it not been for the quick and decisive actions of the responding firefighters, the home could have rapidly become engulfed in flames,” said Fire Chief Mike D’Elia in a statement. “Residents should never hesitate or delay calling 911 to request the Fire Department any time their smoke [alarm] or carbon monoxide alarm sounds.”

NFPA’s Escape Planning tip sheet suggests the following advice be heeded if the smoke alarm sounds:

  • Get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people or pets.
  • If you have to escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.
  • Call the fire department from outside the home.

In addition, this year’s Fire Prevention Week website is chock full of educational material on the topic of escape planning.

Headshot of Jeff DonahueHeadshot of Meredith HawesDuring the month of August you’ll have your choice of two webinar dates to learn all about this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign. On Wednesday, August 16th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (PT) NFPA Public Education Division Regional Education Specialist Jeff Donahue will give a presentation on the topic. On Tuesday, August 29th 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (ET) Regional Education Specialist Meredith Hawes will give her presentation. Both Jeff and Meredith will conduct a 40-minute presentation–with time allotted for questions–discussing key elements of the 2017 Fire Prevention Week Theme: Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!™ Both will provide a virtual tour of the Fire Prevention Week website, and an overview of the great web resources and products available to support your local campaign, including Fire Prevention Week in a Box and the Fire Prevention Week t-shirt decal pdf.

Visual of 7 steps to escape planning

Introduce your community to this year’s Fire Prevention Week (FPW) theme: Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!™ with the FPW infographic. This colorful visual, co-sponsored with the U.S. Fire Administration, presents seven steps to practicing an escape plan using easy-to-follow illustrations. Available in both English and Spanish, it includes a space for you to personalize the document with your department logo. Place the infographic on your website, blog or other social media sites. The infographic can be used as an introduction to other FPW materials that provide additional details relating to the escape planning theme, including the Prevent Fire in Your Home booklet and the Fire Prevention Week Kids’ Activity Posters.

Visual of man and woman looking at escape plan. Bullet points of how to administer the lesson

Facade of FPW newsletterThis year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out™” emphasizes the importance of home escape planning and practice. It works to teach the public to prepare for an emergency and what to do when the preparation needs to be put into action. A key component of the campaign is to make sure the fire service and other educators are well–prepared to relay the campaign to the public. NFPA’s Plan Your Home Fire Escape mini-lesson provides a template and sample lesson educators can use when making presentations for Fire Prevention Week or at any other time. Presenters can reinforce the lesson by providing copies of Fire Prevention Week News and the Fire Prevention Week Adult Brochure.

Campaign theme and Sparky holding an ipad showing two ways outLogos are defined as the “face” of an organization. They are graphical displays of a company’s unique identity and provide essential information. NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week logo provides essential information in the form of this year’s theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!™ NFPA provides the FPW logo for free in the size you need for your website, blog, or social media efforts. Use of the logo can help reinforce the theme that people in your community may see on the FPW banner outside of your building or as part of the materials from FPW in a Box that you may hand out during an open house at the fire station. The full-color campaign logo is in jpg format.

Photo of Kelly RansdellDo you want to get a jump-start on ways to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme? Fire Prevention Week 2017 is October 8-14. However, fire departments, injury prevention experts, and fire and life safety educators begin outreach much earlier. Register for the first in a series of webinars to be held July 18th from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The series kicks off with NFPA Regional Education Specialist Kelly Ransdell. Learn all about this year’s theme: Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!™ Take a virtual tour of the Fire Prevention Week website and get an overview of both free and for-purchase materials to help you make your campaign a success. There will also be an opportunity to ask Kelly questions and share your thoughts on Fire Prevention Week.

Register for the webinar.

Fire Prevention Week Campaign Logo. Sparky points to a tablet that shows an escape plan with arrows for two ways out of every room

If your department budget is tight, don’t let a lack of funds keep you from providing Fire Prevention Week materials to your community. With the help of local donors you can get that Fire Prevention Week Banner, the Fire Prevention Week in a Box Value Pack, Sparky Fire Hats and other items you’ll need. The Fire Prevention Week template fundraising letter simplifies the process of asking for donations.

Just download the letter, fill in the blanks, and send it off. You might be surprised at the volume of responses you’ll get. Local businesses are often more willing to help than you think.

Image of a car on fire and firefighters with hoses, putting out the fire

This summer, according to AAA, three-quarters of family travelers plan to travel by car to their vacation spot. According to the automobile club, a sizable number are not prepared in case something goes wrong. Cars can break down and even catch fire because of mechanical or electrical issues. NFPA’s Car Fire Safety tip sheet provides guidance on what to do if the car catches on fire:

  • Pull over quickly as it is safe to do, and be sure to use your signal as you make your way to a safe location off the road, such as a breakdown lane or rest stop.
  • Once you have stopped, turn off the engine.
  • Get everyone out of the car. Never return to a burning car for anything.
  • Move everyone at least 100 feet from the burning car and well away from traffic.
  • Call 9-1-1.

The tip sheet also includes information on how to prevent a car fire and knowing the danger signs. NFPA has a number of tip sheets relating to seasonal fire safety, fire and safety equipment, and fire causes.



Whether you are comfortable opening your eyes underwater, or not, is a matter of preference, but be sure to always keep your eyes wide open above-water for safety!  Electrical Shock Drowning or ESD can occur when faulty wiring sends an electrical current into the water. The current then passes through the body, causing paralysis, and results in drowning.  

Knowing what to look for and how to respond can save your life or those around you.  NFPA offers important tips for swimmers, boat owners, and pool owners, To learn more about the risks of ESD, check out NFPA's water safety page, or listen to a recent radio interview with Regional Education Specialist Meredith Hawes and Maryanne McGerty-Sieber from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and then feel safe to make a splash!