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NFPA has teamed up with Stride Rite to promote Halloween Safety. The project includes co-branded safety tips and activity sheets for consumer to download. Stride has been very creative with the theme “Trick-or-Feet” to promote safety around decorations and costumes and being seen while trick-or treating! Check out the cool things Stride Rite is promoting. You can also visit them on Facebook.

 

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My recent stay at a bed and breakfast in Brattleboro, Vermont, gave me a taste of what life was like for New England’s fashionable society of the 1800s. The Italianate Victorian B and B, built in 1868, has been carefully restored to look as it did when a mill owner gave it to his son as a wedding gift. The home has been decorated with antique chandeliers, oversized cedar chests, sepia-toned family photos, and heirloom table runners.


 

During my introduction to the genteel way of life for well-to-do Vermonters of that era, I was pleased to see how the charming replicas of the past were coupled with the safety features of the present. The well-maintained gas fireplaces, battery operated candles, and smoke alarms on each floor, outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom, helped to make my stay memorable and comfortable.


 


 


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Halloween is only a few days away. Before you go out trick-or-treating make sure you read through our tip sheet on Halloween safety. We also have a Sparky the Fire Dog pumpkin carving template and a fun printable activity for kids. Don't forget to wish the ghosts and goblins in your life a Happy Halloween with a Sparky eCard.

 

Halloween

Curling Iron BurnBurns hurt. I have not used a curling iron in years. Last week I had my hair done for a wedding and my stylist used a curling iron. My hair looked great and it lasted the next day. On Monday morning, I dried my hair and decided to use a curling iron. A big mistake! Somehow, I dropped the iron and it landed on the side of my face. Ouch! I cooled the burn with cool water. It has taken a week for the pain to subside. I still have a scar from the burn, but it is much better. While I did not go to the emergency room, NFPA's "Burns Seen in Hospital Emergency Rooms in 2008" report  highlights 55% of burn injuries seen in the emergency are thermal burns. Only 13% of those burns were due to fire or flames. Forty-two percent were other non-fire thermal burns - typically from contact with hot objects.  

I want to remind readers to be careful when using anything that gets hot. It only takes a second to get a painful burn. Always remember to cool a burn right away with cool water for 3 to 5 minutes. Get medical help is needed. 

Lisa HalloweenHalloween is just around the corner. NFPA’s Lisa Braxton has just completed a short video highlighting Halloween safety tips. So whether you are “trick-or-treating” or “trick-or-trunking”, take the time to watch and learn some important fire safety information. We also have our Halloween safety tips sheet ready for you to download and distribute to residents in your community. BOO!

 

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Source newsletter
 is now available. In this issue, you’ll find:


    • Sparky
      website wins Parents' Choice Award

    • New
      wildfire tip sheet

    • NFPA
      receives FEMA grant to reach high-risk students

    • A
      fire department responds to a fire in the U.S. every 23 seconds 

And more! "Safety Source" is NFPA’s monthly public education e-newsletter. Don't miss an issue! [Sign up now | http://ebm.cheetahmail.com/r/regf2?a=0&aid=272412627&n=200] and be the first to get the latest information on happenings in the public education division, activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, Sparky the Fire Dog® and more.

In honor or [Fire Prevention Week | http://www.fpw.org/] this year, NFPA is hosting a series of four contests, one per month, through December. The second in that series, October's contest, is now open and will be accepting entries though October 26th at midnight. 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®. Congratulations to September's winner, Tamara Matthews of Chicago, IL!


For your chance to win October's iPad Mini, we're asking that you view a new FPW music video - found at [www.nfpa.org/2013fpwcontest | http://www.nfpa.org/2013fpwcontest]. Then, answer the [short quiz | http://www.nfpa.org/2013fpwcontest] we've developed underscoring the key takeaways of the video before midnight on October 26th.


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

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FPW banner
Have you seen the 2013 Fire Prevention Week banner displayed in your community? Liz Hyde, a colleague at NFPA, shared this photo her mother took in Wells, Maine. Take a photo of the banner in your community and share it with us!

Onslow County Firefighter's Association in North Carolina teamed up with Lowe's for a successful Fire Prevention Kick-Off and guess who made an appearance?  Sparky the Fire Dog was there to help promote FPW!  There were over 900 attendees at the Fire Prevention Kick-Off.  There were many different activities including fire departments in the area teaching at different learning stations for kids and adults.  Each fire department was responsible for teaching one or two fire safety messages. Check out these photos from the event.

Sparky at Onslow County Fire Prevention Kickoff at LowesImageOnslow County FP kickoff with Lowes





During [Fire Prevention Week | www.fpw.org], participating Domino’s Pizza stores in the U.S. delivered important fire safety messages on top of pizza boxes featuring Sparky the Fire Dog®. The messages on the boxes supported the theme for the Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Prevent Kitchen Fires!” and were a key element in NFPA and Domino’s efforts to work together to promote fire safety. 



 

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In addition, select customers who ordered from participating Domino’s Pizza stores throughout the U.S. during Fire Prevention Week were surprised when their delivery arrived aboard a fire truck. If all the[ smoke alarms | www.nfpa.org/smokealarms]in the home were working, the pizza order was free. If smoke alarms were not working, firefighters replaced the batteries or installed a fully-functioning fire safety device in the home.



NFPA, Domino’s and the Detroit Fire Department teamed up to kick-off the 2013 campaign. They surprised the Toliver family with the inaugural pizza delivery of the year on a fire truck.  Detroit firefighters and Sparky the Fire Dog worked together to test the smoke alarms in the home, and to everyone’s surprise they were not working and needed new batteries.  The group quickly recognized the seriousness of the situation knowing that, according to NFPA statistics, two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Firefighters quickly remedied the problem by installing new batteries and when tested, the alarms were beeping once again. 


The next time you are ordering pizza, remember to test your smoke alarms (they should be tested monthly) to make sure they are working because you could be rewarded with free pizza or better yet, you may find yourself replacing the batteries and that may just save your life.  


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Sparky the Fire Dog, Detroit Fire Department and Domino's surprised the Toliver family with pizza delivered on a fire truck



 

Southwest VFD and Emergency Services in Jacksonville, NC visited Blue Creek Elementary to remind the kindergarten students that firefighters are our friends.  They also talked about how important it is to get outside and stay outside if the smoke alarms sounds.  I wonder if Sparky the Fire Dog made an appearance?

Onslow county

 

Chief Rory Thompson (Langley Fire Department, British Columbia) just shared a video his department created for Fire Prevention Week. They took the 2013 Fire Prevention Week theme – Prevent Kitchen Fires to the max with a little help from Beyonce!

An NFPA employee's niece and nephew are stationed on our military base in Okinawa, where the Navy takes Fire Prevention Week and Sparky the Fire Dog very seriously. Check out these photos from the fun they had during FPW!

Sparky 1 Okinawa

Sparky 3 Okinawa

Sparky4 Okinawa

Okinawa

 

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NFPA received a 2013 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to create “A School Year of Fire Safety Education.” This grant will fund the development of two music videos emphasizing the important fire safety messages recognize the sound of the smoke alarm and practice your home fire escape plan. Lesson plans will be created to support the videos with one video aimed at preschool – kindergarten and a second video for grades 1-3. The public education division has started working on the grades 1-3 video. Amy LeBeau and I traveled to Seattle, WA last week for the video shoot with an original song by Recess Monkey . It was so much fun to watch the kids doing rhythm skits for Latin, country and hip hop music. Movement includes pointing and looking up high for the smoke alarm, doing the “sprinkler”, and walking to “get outside.” The movements and messages are repeated throughout the video. Here is the chorus for the song:


    • Point up high
      (kids will point and look up high with right hand)

    • At the
      ceiling

    • Don’t be
      alarmed (kids will put left hand on their left hip)

    • When it
      starts beepin (kids will place left hand beside left ear)

    • When you
      hear that sound beep beep beepin (kids will do the “sprinkler”)

    • Time you
      were goin

    • Find two
      ways out (kids will hold up two fingers)

    • And you’ll
      be knowin (kids will simulate walking to get outside)


 Materials will be released in early
2014.

 

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It's all a part of NFPA's 2013 Fire Prevention Week  campaign. The theme of this year's campaign is "Prevent Kitchen Fires". Did you know that more fires start in the kitchen thatn in any other place in the home?


 

This year, we're thrilled that an article called "10 Things You Didn't Know About Cooking Safety" by NFPA's Amy LeBeau was featured on The Huffington Post -- a great vehicle to help spread the message about cooking fire safety to a whole new audience.


 

Learn more about kitchen fire safety and this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign .</p>

 

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Surgical FireIt’s Fire Prevention Week and the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) is launching new materials to support its Surgical Fire Prevention Initiative promoting safer practices and sharing fire prevention resources for all health care professionals, and providing important information for patients. They have identified 10 things patients should know about surgical fires. The Prevention Surgical Fires Initiative is celebrating its second anniversary during Fire Prevention Week 2013.

 

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Barrie Fire and Emergency Service and Simcoe County Fire

Department (Ontario) launchedFire Prevention Week with a flash mob performance

at City Hall. The event included singing, dancing, fire fighters rappelling

form the top of City Hall and even a zip-lining Sparky the Fire Dog ®.



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When he was growing up in the 1940s, Joseph Patrick Ryan spent many hours in the South Boston Boys Club where he learned to swim, play basketball, and box. He was so popular that the club declared him “mayor” in 1945. Part of his duties included helping to promote Fire Prevention Week. Fourteen-year-old Joseph and an officer with the Boston Fire Department were photographed for the local
newspaper with that year’s FPW poster, which read, “We burned the enemy. Now save yourself from fire.”


 

Recently, Joseph’s son, Sean Ryan, decided to reenact the photo. He and his 13-year-old son, Timothy, donned FPW T-shirts and posed with this year’s poster at the South Boston Boys and Girls Club. For Sean, who has been working at NFPA for about a year, it was a fitting tribute to his late father and a way for Timothy to learn more about his grandfather’s childhood.


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The Morelia Municipal Fire Brigade is making Fire Prevention Week presentations to children across the city of Morelia, the capital of Michoacán state in central Mexico. Dr. Alejandro Cesar Garcia Aranda, who’s been with the department for many years, teaches Stop, Drop, and Roll to the children and other safety lessons. To their delight, the Sparky the Fire Dog puppet often makes an appearance.

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Happy Fire Prevention Week! Fire safety is in the air this week. I love all the worksheets that are coming home from school, all the news stories reaching out and teaching people how to keep safe from fire. This is by far, my favorite week. We received some great news yesterday that Sparky's Birthday Surprise app was #1 on Amazon's Best Sellers list!

People everywhere are sharing this great storybook app with the kids in their lives. Help us spread the word and download for your kids today. Did I mention the app is FREE? What people are saying:

Let us know what you think.

Guest post by George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, CHSP, director, Department of Engineering, The Joint Commission.


10 ways to prevent home care fires.jpgWhen the need for continued medical attention moves into the home care setting, fire prevention needs to be a priority and home care providers can be a key component of prevention. Through proper assessment of the patient’s living environment and education, home care providers have the opportunity to positively impact fire safety.

 

There are a number of areas home care providers should focus on with clients. Here are 10 ways to help prevent home care fires:

 

  1. Working smoke alarms must be maintained in the home. Be sure to explain that a smoke alarm primary function is to provide early notification of a fire. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly.
  2. A fire escape plan should be discussed and developed with the patient and their family, especially if the patient has limited mobility. Practice the plan annually.
  3. Many home care patients have difficulty walking and they tend to let things pile up near their chair or bed. Explain to patients and their caregivers that these piles can become a fuel source for potential fires.
  4. Make patients aware of potential ignition sources. Three main sources of risk for home fires are open flames from appliances, such as gas stoves, water heaters, space heaters and oxygen.
  5. Burning candles and smoking in the home are high risk situations. Patients and family members should be alerted to the danger of both, especially when oxygen is being used. Whenever possible, there should be a NO SMOKING policy in a home where oxygen is being used.
  6. Assure that the patient’s oxygen equipment is in good repair. Tubing and valves should be assessed regularly.
  7. The safe storage of medical oxygen is another safety concern. Oxygen cylinders should be stored upright, in a rack that is in a dry location. They should not be exposed to direct sunlight, where the surface temperature of the cylinder could exceed 130 degrees, nor should they be exposed to ice or snow.
  8. Patients should also be instructed that hand lotion, body oil or other items containing oil and grease easily ignite, and should not be used near oxygen.
  9. During oxygen use, there should be at least six inches of clearance around an oxygen concentrator at all times, the concentrator should be plugged directly into a wall outlet (limit the use of extension cords), and there should be at least 10 feet of clearance from any open flame.
  10. Space heaters in the home should not be near oxygen or flammable materials such as paper and blankets. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) nearly 75 percent of people are killed in home heating fires that involve space heaters.

 

The privilege of being able to assist patients in their homes carries great responsibility. Patients look to us to guide them through challenging circumstances. Many fire hazards are not realized until it is too late. With our guidance, patients can be kept safe and comfortable.

NFPA's own Ken Willette, division manager of public fire protection, appeared on the Today Show this morning with Willie Geist and Natalie Morales to discuss Fire Prevention Week. Together they discuss many fire safety issues, including cooking fires, fire extinguishers, and car fires. Watch the full clip below!

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We are glad to see that fire safety is an important issue that everyone can agree is worth our time and attention this week. In honor of Fire Prevention Week 2013, the following Presidential Proclamation has been issued; 

The-white-house-logo-3FIRE PREVENTION WEEK, 2013

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Fires take more American lives than all other natural disasters combined. They inflict devastating tolls on families and communities, and they cost our Nation billions of dollars each year. During Fire Prevention Week, we pay tribute to the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to pull their neighbors out of harm's way, and pledge to do our part to prevent fires in our homes, our cities, and the great outdoors.

We all have a responsibility to protect our families against fire. We should be cautious while cooking, using electrical appliances, and heating our homes. Those who live in areas prone to wildfires can help safeguard their homes by clearing flammable vegetation, and they should plan for emergencies by building a supply kit and talking with their families about a communications plan and evacuation routes. Every American should install working smoke detectors on each level of their home and remember to test them monthly. It is also essential to develop and practice evacuation plans twice a year. Because fire spreads rapidly and poisonous, disorienting smoke moves even quicker, families should design plans that allow for the quickest possible exit. To learn more about taking precautions against fires, visit www.Ready.gov.

By preventing fires, we can both protect our loved ones and keep America's firefighters out of unnecessary danger. To save people they have never met, these skilled professionals battle walls of flame, put themselves in the paths of unpredictable wildfires, and rush into houses on the verge of collapse. This week, as we renew our commitment to fire safety, we thank these courageous first responders for their service and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do hereby proclaim October 6 through October 12, 2013, as Fire Prevention Week. On Sunday, October 6, 2013, in accordance with Public Law 107-51, the flag of the United States will be flown at half-staff at all Federal office buildings in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. I call on all Americans to participate in this observance with appropriate programs and activities and by renewing their efforts to prevent fires and their tragic consequences.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA

Brett3Guest post by: Brett Brenner, President, Electrical Safety Foundation International

ThisFire Prevention Week, NFPA is teaching the public that more residential fires begin in the kitchen than any other area of the home.  Electrical failures are a leading cause of home fires every year, including those fires that begin in the kitchen.  In support of NFPA’s 2013 Fire Prevention Week campaign to help “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” ESFI developed its “Recipes for Kitchen Safety” resources to help the public identify and correct electrical hazards that are commonly found in the kitchen.

Among the resources offered in ESFI’s “Recipes for Kitchen Safety” toolkit is a handy checklist to help consumers take measures to prevent kitchen electrical fires before they start.  Follow these easy tips to identify and correct electrical safety hazards that may be brewing in your kitchen: 

  • Make sure no appliances are plugged into extension cords on a permanent basis.  Extension cords are designed for temporary use only.  Extended use may damage the cord, creating a fire and shock hazard. 
  • Appliance cords should always be placed so they will not come into contact with hot surfaces.  Cords can melt or burn from excess heat, which can expose wires and lead to fire or electric shock. 
  • Regularly inspect cords to determine if they are cracked, frayed or otherwise damaged.  Damaged cords may have exposed wires that can be a fire or shock hazard.  If any of your cords are damaged, have a licensed electrician replace the cord or replace the equipment. 
  • Make sure your home is protected by Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) technology. AFCIs are advanced circuit breakers that provide greater fire protection, and could prevent an estimated 50% of the electrical fires that occur every year.
  • Make sure kitchen outlets are protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs).  GFCIs provide protection from electric shock in area where electricity and water are in close proximity.
  • Test AFCIs and GFCIs monthly.  Both can stop working without signs of failure, so regular testing is necessary to ensure they are working properly.   (Supporting toolkit documents, “All About AFCIs” and “Get Informed about GFCIs” provide more information on these important devices as well as testing instructions.) 

ESFIFollowing these safe electrical practices in tandem with safe cooking practices will help reduce the disasters that occur in your kitchen.  Unfortunately, that does not include any culinary disasters and failed recipe attempts that come out of your oven.   You’re on your own in that department!

Visit NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website for more information on the “Prevent Kitchen Fires” campaign featuring  a variety of resources for all audiences including teachers,firefighters, and families.  You can even test your fire safety knowledge with the “Fire Prevention Week Quiz!”

Also visit www.esfi.org for more electrical and fire safety information and resources including the “Recipes for Kitchen Safety” checklist and illustrated tips sheets to help you properly maintain your smoke alarms.


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The congregation filed out in orderly fashion, led to the designated meeting places by the deacons and ministerial staff. We waited patiently in a light drizzle as the Newton Fire Department conferred with church leadership before giving us the signal permitting us back in the building. It was a great way to start a Sunday morning.


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LEGO team members join Sparky the Fire Dog and Boston Fire Museum volunteers to pose for a quick photo at community event.  Can you find the firefighter made of bricks?

Hundreds visited the Boston Fire Museum in Massachusetts on the eve of Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12) to build on their fire safety knowledge.  The event, hosted by NFPA and LEGO CITY®, featured a life-size firefighter made of LEGO bricks and the opportunity to work with a LEGO master builder to create a giant fire department shield.  Sparky the Fire Dog® delighted children and adults alike and the Boston Fire Department parked trucks outside and offered tours.  Massachusetts Department of Fire Services displayed a stovetop fire scenario and showcased their special operations rehabilitation vehicle, which is used by firefighters at incident scenes. Guests toured the museum sporting red fire helmets and gathering handfuls of fire safety information.  Joe Molis, NFPA employee and Lieutenant with the Providence Fire Department (Rhode Island) and others participated in interviews that will be used in the fire safety campaign that NFPA and LEGO is collaborating on to capture attention for fire safety this FPW and beyond.  Visit www.nfpa.org/lego to download safety tips sheets that were co-developed by LEGO and NFPA and stay tuned to the page and the blog for updates on this campaign. 
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Kids in the kitchen

Posted by laurenbackstrom Employee Oct 4, 2013

Kids in the Kitchen
Do you like helping out in the kitchen and cooking up tasty snacks for your friends and family? Cooking can be lots of fun, but it's important that kids know how to be safe in the kitchen. These tips can help you figure out what you're old enough to do on your own -- and when it's time to ask an adult for help.

Print out our Kids in the Kitchen sheet for suggestions by age group.

Print out our Kids in the Kitchen recipes for family-friendly cooking ideas.

Artboard 2013 honolulu 2A First Responder Fair was organized by the Honolulu Police Department to showcase the efforts of first responders in the community in  September.  It was held on the Honolulu Hale civic grounds which is a busy area where the Mayor’s office and other city and county departments are located.  The Honolulu Fire Department sponsored an Artboard event highlighting the 2013, NFPA Fire Prevention Week Theme – Prevent Kitchen Fires, purchasing all the necessary equipment, supplies and manpower needed to make this event a success.  This was not a contest and no prizes were awarded. 

The purpose was not to make this competitive, but rather collaborative, partnering with the community to promote fire safety and save lives.  This event was held from 10am to 2pm, with approximately 120 volunteer artists who participated in the event.  Participating artists ranged from middle and high school students, University of Hawaii students, professional independent artists, and non-profit community groups (ex: 808 Urban and Girl Scouts of America).  This event proved to be a unique and a well received way to deliver fire safety messages to prevent kitchen fires to community members and tourists visiting the island.

Way to go, Honolulu Fire Department!

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To see other pics from this event, visit Sparky's Facebook page and look for the 2013 FPW Artboards album. 



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The heating safety tips sheet and video,&#0160;also popular resources, are quick, to the point, and packed with safety tips. All of these resources are free and can be downloaded from the safety information page on the NFPA website.&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;


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