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I am never prepared for the holidays. It is always a mad rush to get gifts for the kids' teachers. Sparky the Fire Dog has a perfect gift for your family and friends that is not only easy, but fun for the kids. Peppermint BARK. Yes, Sparky loves peppermint BARK!  Let me know how your BARK turns out. The kids and I made two batches - one for us, and one for everyone else.
Check out this month's Cool to Do for the recipe and free holiday gift tags, complete with fire safety messages. WHile you are there print out Crack the Code for the kids.

New free NFPA fall prevention posters are available for older adults in your community
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three adults 65 and older fall each year. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury death among older adults age 65 and older. To help prevent falls and to enhance NFPA’s Remembering When™:  A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, NFPA’s Public Education Division has just published three new fall prevention posters in English and Spanish that cover the topics of exercising for balance, installing handrails, and removing clutter. Earlier this year, four fire safety posters were posted on the topics of escape planning, smoke alarms, space heater safety, and cooking safety.
The 8 ½-by-11 four-color posters, which can be downloaded from NFPA’s website, can be put on bulletin boards or windows of senior centers, fire stations, places of worship, grocery stores, restaurants, libraries, senior housing, or assisted-living buildings. They can also be handed directly to older adults who attend a group presentation or are visited in the home. There is also room on the posters for local fire department contact information.

The following are examples of the fall and fire prevention posters. Poster 7


Welcome to the new public education blog – Safety Source. You will notice that the blog is named after our very successful newsletter – Safety Source. If you are not receiving the Safety Source e-newsletter each month, sign up today.

NFPA public education staff will be posting blogs throughout the year to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening in the division. Today I’ve been busy updating the heating community kit with the latest statistics from our Fire Analysis and Research Division. NFPA has joined with USFA again this year to promote the Winter Freeze Campaign and the community kit is an important part of the campaign. You’ll find what you need to promote all types of winter heating issues including carbon monoxide safety. Of course, don’t forget to always include smoke alarms and escape planning in your winter campaign.

Let us know how you plan to get involved in the Winter Freeze Campaign. Have you checked out our heating community kit? What have you used in the kit to promote heating safety in your community? Is there anything we should add to the kit? We want to hear from you. We want to be your source for safety information

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