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At age 65, older adults are twice as likely to be killed in fires as the population at large. Thirty to 35 percent of people 65 and older fall each year, and one in five falls causes a serious injury.

To help address this problem, NFPA created the Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults. To encourage more fire departments to reach older adults with the Remembering When Program, NFPA will, for the sixth year, award scholarships to up 35 North American communities that will allow them to participate in the Remembering When training from December 2 to 4 at the Boston Long Wharf Hotel.  Read more about the scholarships on the full blog post on NFPA Today


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By now we're sure you have heard of our new fire safety partnership with LEGOLAND Florida. Yesterday, we received the photos above of the newest addition to LEGOLAND's Miniland and we wanted to share. An NFPA firehouse and fire truck are now situated in "Washington D.C." 

Have you been to LEGOLAND Florida yet and watched "The Big Test?" Now you've got one more reason to visit! Be sure to stop over at NFPA's website for discount tickets

Send us your photos! If you visit LEGOLAND, we want to see your photos at The Big Test and Miniland - so post them to Sparky's Facebook page

Sparky the Fire DogSparky the Fire Dog® reminds you that Fire Prevention Week 2012 will be observed October 7-13.

Watch for our official campaign launch in mid-April!

In the meantime, NFPA is putting the final touches on an online registry that brings together fire departments and community members to support life-saving fire safety education programs. Through a simple online tool, fire departments create a wish list for Fire Prevention Week materials that will be used during school visits and other community events.

Learn more and be among the first to know when Sparky's Wish List is launched!

<p>NFPA selects Marsha Giesler as 2012 Educator of the Year</p>




Safety SourceThe March issue of "Safety Source", NFPA’s monthly public education e-newsletter, is now available. This issue includes information on our new Learn Not to Burn Preschool® lesson plan; how to stay safe when using the microwave, and a new sorting activity that reinforces your important "HOT things" messages.

Sign up today to receive our free monthly e-newsletter. "Safety Source" will give you the latest information on happenings in the public education division, Ready for Risk Watch® news, Remembering When™ activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, life saves, and more. Fire Alarm Lesson Plan Boy_Page_1
“When You Hear a Smoke Alarm, Get Out and Stay Out” is the name of the NFPA’s new Learn Not to Burn Preschool lesson. It includes objectives, background information for the teacher, three lesson plans that teach the behavior in different ways, two newly recorded upbeat smoke alarm songs in MP3 files, new art for coloring to go with the songs, and a letter to send home to the parents. This lesson includes many activities that will engage the children while they learn.

- Sharon Gamache


Name a simple household task that helps protect your home from wildfire. What serves as a pathway for fire to reach your house? What’s the definition of wildfire “fuel”? Test your wildfire safety knowledge in our latest, “Preparing Your Home for Wildfire Season” quiz and start using Firewise principles today.

The quiz ends May 9, 2012.


At the end of the quiz, share your results with us, and your neighbors. Work together now to help prepare your homes and community against a possible wildfire threat in the future.

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Microwave ovens are one of the leading home products associated with scald burn injuries not related to fires. 

With busy lives, families rely on the microwave oven as a quick way to heat up a meal, warm up a drink or defrost dinner. While the convenience of the microwave oven is something we take for granted, safety should not be. By following a few simple safety tips you can prevent painful burns and possible fires.

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[Download these NFPA safety tips on microwaves. |] (PDF, 960 KB)


Safety tips

    • PURCHASE a microwave oven that has the label of an independent testing laboratory. Make sure to complete and return the product registration card. This way the manufacturer can reach you if there is a recall on the product.

    • PLUG the microwave oven directly into the wall outlet — never use an extension cord. MAKE sure the microwave oven is at a safe height, within easy reach of all users.

    • OPEN food slowly, away from the face. Hot steam or the food itself can cause burns. FOOD heats unevenly in microwave ovens. Stir and test before eating or giving to children.

    • NEVER heat a baby bottle in the microwave. Since a microwave oven heats unevenly, it can create hot pockets, leading to burns. Warm a bottle in a bowl of warm — not hot or boiling

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To kick off Daylight Savings Time, clocks “spring forward” at 2am Sunday morning. Before everyone goes to bed tonight, they'll change all of the clocks throughout their homes to reflect the time change. NFPA wants to remind everyone that this might also be a good time to change the batteries in all of your home's smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. 

To stay safe, replacing batteries in all smoke alarms should be done at least once a year, but changing them while changing all of your clocks serves as a great reminder. In addition, smoke alarms should be tested once a month and if an alarm “chirps”, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

[For more smoke alarm safety tips, check out our downloadable tip sheet |]. 

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NFPA, along with its partner [Domino’s Pizza |], is honoring the tradition of spring cleaning by reminding customers what they can do in the home to stay fire safe. In participating markets across the country, Domino’s will utilize its pizza boxes to deliver fire safety tips throughout the month of March.

“Spring has arrived, and with spring cleaning comes a timely reminder to take steps to keep your home safe from the threat of fire,” said Chris Brandon, Domino’s Pizza spokesperson. “Domino’s delivers about 1 million pizzas each day – so we reach a lot of people in their homes, where fire safety begins. We are excited to work with NFPA to use our network of delivery experts to make homes across the country a little bit safer.”

According to NFPA, roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths happen in homes with no [smoke alarms |] or no working smoke alarms. Domino’s is reminding customers that a great time to change the batteries in their smoke alarms is when daylight saving time begins in March. 

“Spring is the perfect time for a refresher on fire safety tips that should be followed year-round to make home fires less likely to happen,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of communications. “Keeping fire safety in mind when adding things to a to-do list, like cleaning a dryer’s lint filter after each load of laundry and keeping the stovetop clean and clear of clutter, will help prevent fires.”


Take a look at all of the important spring cleaning home fire safety tips from the NFPA. </p>

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