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Eight children and their mother were killed in an early morning house fire in western Kentucky yesterday, with only the injured father and an 11-year-old girl escaping, Kentucky State Police said.


According to authorities, eight of the people were found in a master bedroom while the ninth person was found between 10 and 15 feet away. They said the fire started accidentally with combustible material against an electric heater in a bedroom.


Tragedies like this remind all of us of the importance of the precautions we need to take while heating our homes.


  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment.

  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

  • Turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.


 

More information on heating safety is provided through the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign sponsored by NFPA and the United States Fire Administration. NFPA’s Winter Freeze Checklist provides tips for addressing the cold. In addition, our heating safety information, heating safety tips sheet and videos provide valuable tools.


 

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JimPauley150The NFPA Board of Directors voted unanimously to name Jim Pauley of Lexington, Kentucky as the next president of NFPA. Pauley is currently senior vice president of External Affairs and Government Relations for Schneider Electric and will assume his new role in July.

Pauley has served in a number of codes and standards-related activities including chairman of the board for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), chairman of NFPA’s Standards Council and chair of the High Performance Building Council for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).

Read more on the NFPA Today blog. 

 


 

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“Public education program planning should always start with identifying the needs of the community. A risk reduction analysis, whether formal or informal, should guide educators in prioritizing issues.


“Consistent messaging is the key to reaching more people with a greater impact. If the same message is shared by your operations teams, neighboring public educators, and community partners, the message will reach so many more. The public will have a stronger opportunity to absorb these safety messages when they’re repeated in many different places.”


 

Those who would like to apply for the 2014 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year awardhave less than a month to submit their applications. The deadline is February 21, 2014. The Educator of the Year receives a $1,000 honorarium and travel to Las Vegas to the NFPA annual Conference & Expo. The local fire department receives a $1,000 donation to support public education activities.


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I go to my doctor’s office for a checkup every year. They draw blood, tap me on the knee with a funny looking hammer, ask me all kinds of personal questions, and—the worst part of all—make me get on the scale to record my weight. I never look forward to these appointments, but I want to make sure nothing is wrong with me.


 

Many of us schedule an annual checkup. But how many of us do the same for our fireplaces? According to NFPA’s heating safety information, including the heating safety tips sheet, it’s important to maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional. The Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment report says that more than half of home fireplace, chimney, and chimney connector fires involve failure to clean as a factor contributing to ignition.
As part of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign to promote fire safety during the winter, NFPA and the United States Fire Administration encourage everyone to heat their homes safely.


 

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An eight-year-old boy from upstate New York suffered a tragic end after alerting eight family members of a fire.

CNN reports that Tyler J. Doohan of East Rochester was spending the night with relatives when a fire erupted inside their mobile home. Doohan woke six people, including two more children, who were able to exit the home. Knowing that his disabled grandfather was still in the home, Doohan went back inside in an attempt to save him. "By that time, the fire had traveled to the back of the trailer," Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer told CNN. "Unfortunately they both succumbed to heat and smoke." Their bodies were found in the same bedroom. Doohan's uncle also died in the blaze.

Ebmeyer believes there were no working smoke alarms in the home. Following the tragedy, his department is planning a public service initiative tied to smoke alarms. Watch the CNN report for more information.

 

 

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Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.


Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is hot.


 

 More tips are included in our generator safety information and safety tips sheet.


 

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Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen any time, but according to NFPA’s Non-Fire Carbon Monoxide Incidents Fact Sheet, occurrences are more common between the months of November and February. As part of their "Put a Freeze on Winter Fires" campaign to promote fire safety during the winter, NFPA and the United States Fire Administration encourage the public to be aware of the dangers of this invisible, odorless, and colorless gas.


 

NFPA’s safety information on CO and safety tips sheet offer details on the hazards and precautions that need to be taken.


 

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Safety SourceThe January issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; 

  • Carbon monoxide safety
  • Heating safety
  • Winter activity on sparky.org
  • New cooking safety eCard
  • Remembering When program highlights
  • New candle report

Don't miss an issue! Sign up now 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.

 

!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a510929356970c-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a510929356970c-320wi|alt=Award Ceremony Photo|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Award Ceremony Photo|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a510929356970c!At the end of each year the recipient of the Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant provides us with a final report of accomplishments. The 2013 winner was the Springfield Fire Department, Springfield, Massachusetts.  Officials there say the grant enabled them to help residents change unsafe cooking and heating habits and implement what they learned about fire safety.


The “Multi-Language Public Education Fire Safety Initiative” concentrated on Springfield’s growing population of Somali, Russian, Nepali, Vietnamese, and Latino immigrants, and the city’s older residents.


 

The fire department reached more than 3,400 residents, including 615 over the age of 65, primarily at cultural and community centers.  !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fbe2fec2970b-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fbe2fec2970b-320wi|alt=Health Fair Group Photo (2)|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Health Fair Group Photo (2)|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fbe2fec2970b! Interpreter and translation services were provided. NFPA’s easy-to-read materials, available in multiple languages, were enlarged and placed onto poster boards. Plans are underway to continue the program.


 

There is still time to apply for this year’s grant. The application deadline is February 7. The $5,000 grant, open to any local fire department–career or volunteer–supports a fire and life safety education community-wide program or campaign.


 

(Photos courtesy of the Springfield Fire Department)


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Snowy Picture Small bannerThe frigid temperatures that have gripped much of the nation have led many of us to crank up the heat. As we try to stay warm in what are brutal conditions for many of us, let’s stay safe as well. According to NFPA’s most recent heating report, in 2011 heating equipment was involved in an estimated 53,600 home fires in the U.S., causing 400 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries.

As part of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign, NFPA and the United States Fire Administration want to make sure everyone uses heating equipment safely. NFPA’s Winter Freeze Checklist provides tips for addressing the cold. In addition, our heating safety information, heating safety tips sheet and videos provide valuable tools.

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Daniel McClung, a Manhattan playwright and fiction writer, died this week after attempting to flee his high-rise apartment during a fire. He was 27.


 

News reports state that McClung was trying to exit the 42-story building via one of its stairwells, but was overcome by smoke. According to +The New York Times,+ McClung's husband was also found in the stairwell. He is in serious but stable condition, stated the Times. The newlyweds were married this past summer.


 

The New York City Fire Department told the +New York Daily News+ that the blaze began on a 20th floor apartment and was sparked by a "power strip with multiple low-grade extension cords plugged into it." The apartment's tenant wasn't home at the time of the fire, according to reports.


The couple may have avoided tragedy if they stayed in their apartment, James Esposito, FDNY chief of operations, told the +New York Daily News. +"Ninety-nine percent of the time you're safer in your apartment," said Esposito. "If you do smell some smoke coming underneath your door, put some wet towels down and call the fire department."


 

Please keep safety in mind if you live in or visit a high-rise apartment or condominium. Review NFPA&#39;s high-rise safety tips and information on escape planning.</p>

 

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Such pleasure do you bring me!


 

The lyrics to this holiday classic, based on a German folk song, are so true. !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019b0454c07f970d-120wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019b0454c07f970d-120wi|alt=Tree on the Roof|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Tree on the Roof|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019b0454c07f970d!My Frasier Fir did bring me pleasure this holiday season.  It was a delight to roam the tree farm until I found it, have it strapped to the hood of the car for the ride home, and adorn it with keepsake ornaments and blinking lights.  I purchased a satin tree skirt with tassels in acknowledgment of its grandeur. The tree filled our home with its lovely aroma and spread good cheer merely by its presence.


 

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Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry.


Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.


Check with your local community to find a recycling program.


Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.


 

Additional winter season fire safety tips are included in the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign by NFPA and the United States Fire Administration. In addition, NFPA’s general safety information helps us practice fire safety all year long.


 

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ThermometerTemperatures in certain regions of the U.S. aren't just frigid, they're dangerous. Some midwestern states are reporting temperatures well below zero, with the wind chill below -60 degrees in some areas. Some locations haven't been this chilly in nearly two decades, reports USA Today.

An unfortunate consequence of this cold snap is the rise of house fires in certain cities. "We've had an increasing number of fires because of the cold weather," Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan told The Boston Globe. "Most are related to heating." The paper reports that the Red Cross has assisted more than 100 people displaced by fires since New Year's Eve.

As the temps continue to plummet, keep in mind these heating safety tips highlighted in the Put a Freeze on Winter Fires Campaign developed by NFPA and the U.S. Fire Administration.

Also, let us know how cold it is in your neck of the woods and how you're safely keeping warm.

Black eyed peasWhen I was growing up black-eyed peas played a big role in our New Year’s Day observances. The tradition was passed down in my family for generations. My mother would soak the peas overnight before preparing. The aroma filled our kitchen.  

Cooking is a major part of many New Year’s Day celebrations. But did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries? As part of the Put a Freeze on Winter Fires campaign, NFPA and the United States Fire Administration want to remind everyone to follow fire safety tips.  

Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave, even for a short period of time, turn the stove off. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check on it regularly and stay home while food is cooking. Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking. NFPA's videos help to reinforce safe behaviors in the kitchen and elsewhere in the home.

Our escape planning information tells us to “just get out” if we have a cooking fire. Close the door behind you to help contain the fire and call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.

These are all important steps for a safe and happy New Year.

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