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2012

OUtreach Column
Amy Lebeau, of NFPA's Public Education Division, wrote the Outreach Column for the January/February issue of NFPA Journal. Her article, "New + updated materials for teaching fire safety to a challenging group: preschoolers," was inspired by an email a coworker had sent about her three-year old grandson. 

She had written about her grandson coming home from preschool a couple of weeks ago and saying to his mother, "Mom, do you know what to do if the house is on fire?" She said, "Yes, you get out of the house!" He looked at her wide-eyed and said, "No! You get down on the floor and you roll out the door!"

For public safety educators, identifying the age group you want to reach and knowing the learning capabilities of that group are crucial for your success. The little boy’s understanding of what to do in the event of a fire underscores the fact that children five and under need different fire safety messaging and materials than older children.

Amy goes on to discuss some of the challenges associated with teaching fire safety to preschoolers and she highlights some resources that may help. Read the full article now

Freeze on Winter Fires
The United State Fire Administration (USFA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are working together to remind everyone that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. This is due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. Holiday decorations and winter storms that can interrupt electrical service and cause people to turn to alternative heating sources also contribute to the increased risk of fire in winter. Winter fires can be prevented! Learn more about maintaining a fire-safe home this winter season at USFA's website.

Get ahead of the winter freeze
It's never too early to begin preparing for the heating season. NFPA offers 10 tips to check off your list  and get ahead of the winter freeze. Check them out below or download the full PDF here10 tups to get ahead of winter freeze

http://www.nfpa.orgScald burn tip sheetNFPA and the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors are urging the public to be cautious when handling hot liquids and soups. Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries and children, older adults and people with disabilities are especially at risk.

“In winter, there’s nothing as comforting as a warm cup of soup,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of communications for NFPA. “But if you’re not careful this simple meal can turn painful.”

Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries. According to the study “Instant cup of soup: design flaws increase risk of burns” released by the Journal of Burn Care & Research, prepackaged microwavable soups, especially noodle soups, are a frequent cause of scald burn injuries because they can easily tip over, pouring hot liquid and noodles on the person.

To help prevent scald injuries, NFPA and the Phoenix Society offer some safety tips:

  • Teach children that hot things can burn.
  • Test the water at the faucet. It should be less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius).
  • Always supervise a child in or near a bathtub.  Before placing a child in the bath or getting in the bath yourself, test the water. Test the water by moving your hand, wrist and forearm through the water. The water should feel warm, not hot, to the touch.
  • Place hot liquids and food in the center of a table or toward the back of a counter.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried. Never hold a child while you are cooking, drinking a hot liquid, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
  • Allow microwaved food to cool before eating and open it slowly, away from the face.
  • Choose prepackaged soups whose containers have a wide base or, to avoid the possibility of a spill, pour the soup into a traditional bowl after heating.
  • Treat a burn right away. Cool the burn with cool water for 3-5 minutes.  Cover with a clean, dry cloth. Get medical help if needed.

For more information on reducing the risk of these types of burns, view NFPA’s scald prevention tip sheet. 

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