I was reminded of my previous career in television news recently when I was asked to go on camera to record NFPA safety information videos. Back when I was a reporter at the CBS station in Champaign, Illinois, I appeared on camera trudging through dry corn fields in 90 degree weather as I talked about the latest drought, or you’d find me sticking a ruler in the snow to tell viewers how significant the snowfall was, or I’d report live in front of the wreckage of a home that was flattened by a tornado that cut a swath through the neighborhood.
Needless to say, going on camera in the NFPA studio was a far different assignment from the breaking news stories that I used to cover. However, the objective is the same: to provide the public with information to help them be safe.
So far, I’ve recorded videos on cooking safety, home heating safety, outdoor electrical safety, and portable fireplaces. The videos are quick, to the point, and packed with safety tips. Plans are underway for me to record additional videos, so stay tuned!