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Fire Prevention Week is just around the corner. Here is some of the fire department events planned.


    • Nicollet County Emergency Management (MN) is
      promoting the importance of home fire escape planning.

    • Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire
      Department (MN) will be holding open houses at its 4 fire stations. The events
      will provide residents an opportunity to explore fire trucks, ride in the
      bucket of a ladder truck, experience spraying water from a fire hose and learn
      about fire safety.

    • Port Colborne, (ON) Fire and Emergency Services
      has experienced two recent fires resulting from stoves being left unattended.
      The 2013 Fire Prevention Week theme “Prevent Kitchen Fires” provides a great
      opportunity for the fire department to reach out to residents with important
      cooking safety information. The department will host a safety event that will
      include an inflatable safety house,   a
      rollover simulator, hotdogs and drinks, face painting and fire safety
      information.

    • The Anderson Elementary School (Trenton, MI) will
      host a walk-a-thon for students, an annual Fire Prevention Week event. Students
      will leave the school with the high school marching band playing for the
      students. When the students finish the walk, they will go to the gymnasium for
      a Fire Prevention Week program conducted by the Trenton Fire Department.

The Liberal (KS) City Commission met recently and proclaimed October 6-12 as Fire Prevention Week. Members of the Liberal Fire Department were on hand, including Sparky the Fire Dog ®.</li> </ul> What have you planned for Fire Prevention Week? Please let us know in the comments section below.

 

Some time ago I decided to move on from my career in daily broadcast journalism. I’d worked for years in front of the camera as a reporter and news anchor for TV

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stations in the Midwest and Northeast spending long hours reporting on droughts, tornadoes, snowstorms, and fires on the night shift, weekends, early mornings, and holidays.


Bob Finn came to the decision to leave his broadcasting career a while back as well. He
had worked long hours behind the camera as a producer for a regional cable news station covering the night shift, weekends, early mornings, and holidays.


We both came to NFPA and now, in addition to the many things that we do here, we find ourselves in our respective broadcasting roles again–Bob behind the camera, and me in front of it–to produce our safety tips videos.


 

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We’ve recorded more than a dozen videos on topics including[ cooking safety | http://youtu.be/Dm6UMPP2z8I%20 ], portable home oxygen , hotel/motel safety , portable fireplace safety , and&#0160;home fire sprinklers. Bob and I hope that you’ll find these and our other videos useful and that you’ll take a moment to view all of NFPA’s safety tips sheets.&#0160;


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New Yorkers making their way to work this morning were seen rubbing their eyes to be sure they were fully awake and that what they were seeing wasn’t a bizarre dream. It was a sight to behold – Sparky the Fire Dog in the company of more than a dozen of his fellow icons, including such favorites as M&Ms, Twinkie the Kid, Charlie the Tuna, Smokey Bear and others. The mascots, riding Mini Cooper convertibles and a double-decker tour bus, paraded through the streets of the city much to the delight of onlookers. This “dream team” of advertising characters made a quick stop on Madison Avenue where Matt Scheckner, executive director of AdWeek posed with them for a for a photo. Icons are also on tap to mingle with ad execs at a luncheon and make an appearance at the closing of NASDAQ.

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Parents' ChoiceParents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit consumer guide to quality children’s media, has chosen the Sparky the Fire Dog® website as a 2013 Parents’ Choice Award winner!

Parents’ Choice serves as a trusted and independent source for educators and librarians, journalists and families searching for quality children’s media and toys. During the lengthy screening process, sparky.org was evaluated for product design and function, educational value, long-term play value, and the benefits to a child’s social and emotional growth and well-being.

Award winners become part of a select group. Fewer than 20 percent of the products submitted to the awards program receive any level of commendation. 

The official Sparky the Fire Dog® website allows kids to explore and learn about fire safety in a safe and interactive environment. The popular ad-free site features sections for children of all ages, even providing voice-overs for younger children who cannot read yet. The diverse activities range from a fire truck section, cartoons, family activities, seasonal Sparky e-cards for kids to send to friends and family, and parent and educator information.

 

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The latest edition of the NFPA Educational Messages Document has been posted. The Educational Messages Desk Reference – 2013 Edition, provides fire and life safety educators with accurate and consistent language for providing safety information to the public. The Educational Messages Advisory Committee, composed of fire and life safety experts and NFPA staff, reviewed and updated the messages, which are used throughout NFPA’s educational programs, tip sheets, community toolkits, Fire Prevention Week campaign materials, and other items.




The 2103 Edition has a whole new look with an eye-catching cover that features a series of photos related to many of the topics in the desk reference. This latest edition includes new messages on smoke alarms, home fire escape, home fire
sprinklers, and carbon monoxide.


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In 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 3,810 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. These fires caused an annual average of 2 civilian deaths, 30 civilian fire injuries, and $9.4 million in direct property damage.
 
If you are responsible for fire and life safety on your campus or for your fire department the Campus Fire Forum is a must this fall. The Forum takes place November 4-8, in Saint Louis, MO. This national conference focuses exclusively on campus fire and life-safety issues and offers the opportunity to learn from the experts and interact with campus fire-safety professionals from across the country - and outside the USA. Hundreds of attendees representing colleges, universities, fire officials, city and state authorities and many other disciplines will be in attendance.
 
For NFPA's campus fire-safety materials, visit our web site.

In honor or Fire Prevention Week this year, NFPA will be hosting a series of four contests, one per month, from now through December. The September contest has just kicked off and will be open for entries for two weeks, through September 28th. At the end of each month's contest, one lucky randomly selected winner from all those who participated, will be chosen to win an Apple® iPad mini®.

For your chance to win September's iPad Mini, we're asking that you view the first of our new FPW music videos - found at www.nfpa.org/2013fpwcontest and review the accompanying activity sheet. Then, answer the short quiz we've developed underscoring the key takeaways of the video and activity sheet, before midnight on September 28th.

Good luck to everyone! Also, be sure to check back in October for the second contest in our series. 

Week 1

 

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is open for public comment. Comments will be accepted through 11-15-13.

Comments can be input via out online electronic submission system. Step by step

guidelinesare available to help with the submission process. Get involved with

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Wildland Fire Safety Tip SheetEvery year, wildfires burn across the U.S., and more and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk. But by working together, residents can make their own property —  and their neighborhood — much safer from wildfire.

To help residents get started, NFPA has just developed this new wildland fire safety tip sheet. The free, downloadable tip sheet provides easy to accomplish action steps for around your home, including; 

  • CLEAR leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
  • REMOVE dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house.
  • SCREEN or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
  • REMOVE flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire,

For the full list of action steps and other safety information, download the new wildland fire safety tip sheet!

Congratulations to my Public Education Network representative in Arizona, Tanja Tanner! 

 

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Tracy Koslowski presents Tanja Tanner with Arizona's Life Safety Educator of the Year award

 

(Goodyear, AZ) Goodyear Fire Department Community Education Coordinator Tanja Tanner has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Life Safety Educator of the Year by the Arizona Fire and Burn Educators Association.  Tanja was presented the award this week during the 40th annual Arizona State Fire School in Mesa, AZ.  Individuals are nominated and awarded this honor based on their significant accomplishments and contributions in Fire and Life Safety Education in Arizona. Selection of the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year is firmly established upon outstanding work as an educator, success in increasing public awareness about safety issues, being a positive role model in their community, achievements in the fire and life safety field locally, statewide and nationally, along with a commitment to excellence in their educational efforts. 

Interim Fire Chief Paul Luizzi stated “Tanja easily made each and every one of these qualifications and then some”!  He further stated “Tanya’s commitment to keeping our children and community safe was forefront for her selection”. 

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We are starting to hear about some great activities planned for Fire Prevention Week (FPW).

  • Gettysburg (PA) Fire Department will host a fire safety night with fire equipment on display and community safety organizations will host information tables.
  • Corpus Christi (TX) Fire Department has kicked off its annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest focusing on this year’s theme “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”
  • Western Springs (IL) Fire Department will celebrate Fire Prevention Week with an open house.
  • South Davis (UT) Metro Fire Agency has a jump start on Fire Prevention Week with open houses, rappelling demonstrations, extrication and a Junior Firefighting Challenge.

What are your plans for FPW? We want to hear from you.

 


 

(Watch the Places of Public Assembly safety tips video: http://youtu.be/EIK51D7ydIE<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Im7GRgE4wc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Im7GRgE4wc</a>)


Twice a year the leadership at my church conducts a fire drill during Sunday morning worship. A few weeks before the drill, the congregation is given a map of each level of the building, including all of the exits. When the fire alarm is activated we move quickly outdoors to our designated meeting places.


 

It’s important to know what precautions to take before entering any building, whether it’s a school, workplace, shopping mall, or place of worship. This new video on places of public assembly and the assembly occupancy safety tips&#0160;offer information on the precautions to take before you enter a building, while you are there, and during an emergency.


 


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+(Watch the Home Fire Sprinkler safety tips
video: +[http://youtu.be/g73JQBFf0vE | http://youtu.be/g73JQBFf0vE])


One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday afternoon is to watch international
movies. I discovered the DVD of the motion picture +Gigante +on a display table at my local library recently and decided to give it a try.


 

Filmed in Uruguay, it is the story of a lonely, overweight supermarket security guard working the graveyard shift and his fixation with a pretty cleaning woman. As the movie unfolded, I found myself rooting for guy, hoping he’d get the nerve to ask the cleaning woman out and stop spending endless hours observing her on the security cameras and trailing her!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019aff525b7c970b-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019aff525b7c970b-320wi|alt=Gigante Actor|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Gigante Actor|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019aff525b7c970b!all over town after her shift ended. The character had my full support until a scene in which he tried to discourage a budding romance between the cleaning woman and a co-worker by setting off the store’s sprinkler system. Employees were soaked. Merchandise was ruined. The security guard was suspended.


 

Depictions like this reinforce myths to consumers about how a sprinkler system would operate in their homes. For the facts, see our home fire sprinkler safety information, including my new home fire sprinkler safety tips video, and all of our safety tips sheets.


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September is National Preparedness Month. NFPA has everything you need to prepare for every type of disaster. Our Get Ready Kitincludes a ready-to-use presentation to teach residents the importance of disaster preparedness. We also include safety tips before, during and after a disaster. Disasters included in the kit are blackouts, earthquakes, extreme heat, floods, hazardous materials, home fires, hurricanes, landslides, national security, nuclear incidents, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and winter storms. Special information is also includes for topics such as disaster relief aid, people with disabilities, pets and the components of an emergency supplies kit.

What would you do if a tornado was approaching? NFPA wants you to get ready and be prepared.

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We are busy at NFPA making plans for Fire Prevention Week.  Are you?  What does your community have planned?  NFPA has everything you need for your Fire Prevention Week activities.  

Check out our Fire Prevention Week section for the tools for a succesful FPW! Be sure to visit our FPW kids page for FPW printables, kitchen safety activities and more activities with Sparky.

Let us know what activities you have planned for Fire Prevention Week 2013!

 
[Watch this video on YouTube | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwo3PHvKeno].

The public edcuation division has some exciting news. We are happy to announce the launch of our first children&#39;s app and eBook! The fire-safety storybook app, Sparky's Birthday Surprise, and our new eBook, Rescue Dogs, Firefighting Heroes, and Science Facts are both free.


Through real-life stories and interactive games, kids can learn important fire-safety messages to keep their families safe. Our mobile app, for grades Prek-2, is packed with animation and games, while our eBook, for grades 3-5, mixes fire-safety messaging with fascinating stories of courage, quick-witted kids, science facts, and more.

Over the last 6 months, we worked with a great team at We are Teachers and Cupcake Digital to create these books. NFPA&#39;s staff also played a big part in the project. From our curriculum experts in the public education division, engineers and members of our fire protection team, the stories and facts were thoroughly reviewed by NFPA&#39;s technical experts.

Created for teachers and firefighters to use in the classroom, the eBook reinforces fire-safety messages with students while building critical skills in reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and more. It aligns to Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science through a combination of nonfiction, fictional stories, scientific diagrams, and poetry. The storybook app is aligned to Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math.

As an added bonus and to expand on lessons taught in the books, our new web site, Sparkyschoolhouse.org features interactive whiteboard lessons on fire safety, addressing phonics, math, and reading comprehension. The website also includes a teacher/parent guide with discussion questions and additional activities, all aligned to Common Core standards.

The e-book is available on all major platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Barnes & Noble. The app, created by Cupcake Digital, will be available on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.

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Detroit Fire Department kicked-off the 2012 FPW Domino's program



 

NFPA teams up with organizations and fire departments across the country regularly to expand the reach of fire safety information, but the biggest push by far happens each October around Fire Prevention Week . FPW, as it is referred to by many, is a time when the fire service and communities rally around fire prevention and safety. NFPA has been involved in this effort for more than 90 years as the week’s official sponsor.&#0160; FPW will take place October 6-12 this year and NFPA is once again working with a variety of groups to help spread important fire safety information. &#0160;&#0160;


 

Marking its sixth year of collaboration on what has been a very successful Fire Prevention Week public awareness program, NFPA and Domino’s are teaming up with fire departments to deliver fire safety to Domino’s customers… with pizza!&#0160; During Fire Prevention Week and throughout the month of October, in addition to fire safety tips being delivered on the top of pizza boxes, participating Domino&#39;s stores will partner with their local fire departments to reward customers who have working smoke alarms. The fire department will deliver select orders from the store aboard a fire truck and check smoke alarms at the home. If the smoke alarms are working, the pizza is free!&#0160;


 

The Home Depot encourages learning in their communities by hosting Saturday workshops year round, and in October they include a focus on fire safety. In collaboration with Kidde, local fire departments, and others, stores host community events that feature information and activities geared toward fire safety. &#0160;Last year, NFPA teamed up with The Home Depot and Kidde on Fire Prevention Week events and as part of a larger program, The Home Depot ran a sales contest for store associates where the reward to top selling stores was the ability to donate smoke alarms to their local fire department.&#0160;


 

If you are a member of a fire department and are interested in learning more about how to participate in one of these fire safety initiatives or others in your community, please email escafidi@nfpa.org today.&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;


-Eileen Scafidi

 


One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday afternoon is to watch international movies. I discovered the DVD of the motion picture +Gigante +on a display table at my local library recently and decided to give it a try.


Filmed in Uruguay, it is the story of a lonely, overweight supermarket security
guard working the graveyard shift and his fixation with a pretty cleaning woman.  As the movie unfolded, I found myself rooting for guy, hoping he’d get the nerve to ask the cleaning woman out and stop spending endless hours observing her on the security cameras and trailing her
all over town after her shift ended. 


 

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security guard was suspended. Depictions like this reinforce myths to consumers about how a sprinkler system would operate in their homes. For the facts, see our home fire sprinkler safety information, including my new home fire sprinkler safety tips video, and all of our safety tips sheets.


 


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CNN reports that a 31-year-old man died and two others were injured this week from a lightning strike that occurred while the men were pressure-washing a rig.

The incident follows a string of lightning strikes this year that have resulted in deaths and injuries. Last month, two farmers died after lightning struck a barn, and 12 soldiers were injured from lightning during a training procedure, according to CNN.

"One in 3,000 people has a chance of being hit by lightning (in a  lifetime)," said CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.  "Thankfully, very few people die, but it happens a lot more than people realize."

Fires initiated by lightning can also wreak havoc; NFPA estimates that fire departments responded to more than 24,000 lightning-initiated fires each year during 2006-2010.

Download NFPA's lightning safety tip sheet, and watch NFPA's Lisa Braxton discuss some of these tips in the following video:

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