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Monday, March 10, 2014, is the last day to apply for the Remembering When Conference to be held this year in Las Vegas June 4-6, prior to the NFPA Conference & Expo June 9-12. NFPA will select teams from up to 25 communities to receive training on reaching older adults through group presentations and home visits. Remembering When is centered around 16 key safety messages–eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention–developed by experts from national and local safety organizations and through focus group testing in high-fire-risk states.

Each team must include one member of the fire department and one member of an agency serving older adults in the community. Each award is valued at more than $4,000 and includes the training workshop, airfare, lodging, and educational materials for distribution to older adults. This is an opportunity not to be missed! If your team is selected, you will be notified on or before Monday, March 31.

 

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Folks, it’s not over yet. Weather forecasters tell us that bitterly cold air from the Arctic Ocean will cause temperatures across a substantial portion of the United States to plunge this week. From the Midwest to the Northeast, snow is expected. March is only days away, but winter refuses to loosen its grip.


 

As part of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign, NFPA and the United States Fire Administration have teamed up to promote fire safety during the winter months. NFPA’s storm preparation materials, the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” infographic, online quiz, and checklist provide valuable tools for managing in the face of winter conditions.


 

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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.


 

Send your application by email or FAX at 617 984-7222.


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According to NFPA’s Home Electrical Fires report, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 47,820 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction in 2007-2011.


 

NFPA and the United States Fire Administration have teamed up to promote electrical safety as part of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign. NFPA’s Home Electrical Fires Fact Sheet, resources for a community electrical safety campaign, electrical safety PSA, and safety tip sheets on electricity, outdoor electrical safety, CFL Light bulbs, and clothes dryers provide information on using electricity safely and what to do if problems occur.


 

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Coalition for fire safe cigarettes

According to a new study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers, the six-year-old Massachusetts law that requires that only “fire-safe” cigarettes be sold in the state has resulted in a 28 percent decrease in unintentional residential fires. The results support a study conducted by the National Fire Protection Association back in October 2013, which showed a 30 percent drop in smoking Capture material fire deaths since the full implementation of fire-safe cigarette laws throughout the country. The studies reveal the efficiency of fire-safe cigarettes in the prevention of both smoking material fires and deaths caused by these fires.

NFPA established the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes, a group of organizations who shared the goal of getting cigarette manufacturers to produce only cigarettes that adhere to an established safety performance standard. As of 2011, all 50 US state laws were in effect.

NFPA has also developed a wide range of safety information and tips to prevent smoking material fires and fatalities caused by them.


This winter has brought snow, snow and more snow. As a result, the kids have missed a lot of school. I'm always on the look out for fun activities to keep the kids busy. Check out the Sparky the Fire Dog web site for games, crafts, and activities for kids of all ages.
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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Sparky's new printable challenges kids to use their math skills to find the missing number in each smoke alarm. The activity also reminds kids, grades 1-3, what the sound of the smoke alarm is and what to do when they hear one.

 

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NFPA’s +Candle Fires Report+ tells us that, on average, 32 home candle fires were reported to fire departments per day from 2006 to 2010, and more than half of all home candle fires start when something that can burn is left or comes too close to a candle.


 

Here are some safety tips:


  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.

  • Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily.

  • Consider using battery operated flameless candles. They look and smell like real candles.


 

You’ll find more candle safety tips and general safety information on the NFPA web site as part of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign. NFPA and the United States Fire Administration want to make sure that everyone using candles takes the time to learn about safety.


 

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Firefighters say it is possible that a fire that gutted a home owned by Polaroid Chairman and philanthropist Robert Sager started in the fireplace. Sager’s two adult children and a house guest escaped but Sager was trapped on the second floor until the property manager arrived with a ladder to rescue him.


The residence was the only house on Long island which is in the middle of Bow Lake in Stafford, New Hampshire. Fire trucks could not cross the ice due to their weight so crews used six-wheel John Deere Gators to transport a portable pump with a water tank to the island. The custom-built house with glass walls was a total loss.


Almost half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.


 

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, the +Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment+ report, heating safety information, and heating safety tips sheet provide valuable tools.


 

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Looking for some fun hands-on activities to do with your kids this Valentines Day? Valentines day pic blog post

Sparky has you covered with a print-outs for your own customizable winter scene featuring everyone’s favorite Dalmatian, a unique Valentine’s Day card, and a math challenge that reminds kids the importance of recognizing a fire alarm and acting accordingly. 

Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day just around the corner. Cool to do pic
With this in mind, show your family and friends how you feel
with Sparky the Fire Dog’s new Cool to Do activity, featuring
instructions on how to make your very own Valentine’s Day fortune cookie. Yum!

 

An investigative report from an ABC affiliate in Chicago provides some harrowing accounts of fires that have occurred in the operating room (OR). One of the incidents highlighted in the story is of a firefighter who claims he was burned while having a catheter implanted in his chest.


 

These incidents, while few in number, exemplify potential dangers found in the OR. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that some or all aspects of the fire trianglea heat source (electrosurgical units or lasers), fuel (flammable drapery or antiseptics), and oxygenmight be present during surgical procedures. In response, the FDA has developed the Preventing Surgical Fires Initiative to educate health care professionals on the root cause of OR fires and highlights risk-reduction practices and safety procedures in line with provisions in NFPA 99, +Health Care Facilities,+ and NFPA 101®, +Life Safety Code+®<br />


 

Read the +NFPA Journal+ feature story highlighting the FDA initiative and how to develop a fire-risk assessment to safeguard hospital workers and patients. Also, check out the video of NFPA&#39;s Rich Bielen explaining how NFPA 99 mitigates these fire risks.


 


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Wood & pellet stovesAs the temperature drops outside, wood and pellet stoves may be fired up inside the home. What you may not realize is that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months.

We have a great safety tip sheet to remind you about how to stay safe this winter with your wood or pellet stove. Some of these tips include: 

  • Have a QUALIFIED professional install stoves, chimney connectors, and chimneys.
  • Stoves should have the LABEL of an independent testing laboratory.
  • In wood stoves, burn only DRY, seasoned wood. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets.

To download the entire safety tip sheet, visit our safety tip sheet page on the website

RememberingWhenJeffrey McNeel, deputy chief/fire marshal for Beaumont Fire-Rescue in Texas has a problem. His department responds to 10 times as many calls from its older citizens regarding falls or slips than it does for structure fires. Looking for assistance with this issue, he attended NFPA's Remembering WhenTM: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults training conference.

NFPA Journal columnist Lisa Braxton recently chatted with McNeel, who received a handful of useful materials during the conference as well as peer advice. “We have been traditionally focused on getting the smoke alarms in and teaching children how to react to fire, but there’s so much more that affects a family’s safety," McNeel told Braxton at the event. "People can fall and have a life changing, life-ending injury. We have to become proactive.”

Read the rest of Braxton's conversation in the January/February issue of Journal.

Scald PreventionThis week, February 2-8, is the American Burn Association's Burn Awareness Week. Burn Awareness Week, is designed to provide an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities. Burn Awareness Week, celebrated early in the year, is an excellent opportunity to “kick off” a year full of burn awareness education.

NFPA is proud to participate in this year's Burn Awarness Week by providing safety tips and information related to scald burns. Scald burns can be caused by any hot liquid, fluid, or vapor, including hot tap water, overheated beverages, steam, and hot oil. Interestingly, scald burns accounted for almost one-third (31%) of all non-fire burn injuries reported to hospital emergency rooms in 2012!

Take a look at our scald burn safety tip sheet for information on how to stay safe. 

 

In this video above (also seen on You Tube), NFPA's Amy LeBeau talks about the importance of testing the temperature of bathwater before putting children into the tub.

While investigating social media use during emergencies for my NFPA Journal feature, "#AreYouPrepared?," my research kept pointing me to zombies. Yes, zombies--those ghoulish creatures that refuse to rest in peace and have successfully invaded all forms of popular culture in recent years. They've also managed to grab the attention of social media users.

Let me explain: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a social media campaign in 2011 promoting emergency preparedness tactics helpful during a zombie takeover and other disasters. (NFPA has developed similar tips for emergencies.) Their philosophy was if you were prepared for the "dawn of the dead" (stellar zombie flick, by the way), you were prepared for tornadoes, fires, and other events. The CDC disseminated these tools and tips via its social media channels. What was the response? Check out the following video where I give an overview of the campaign:

 

 

For a recent example of social media's effectiveness, check out a recent Atlanta-Journal Constitution article on its use during the recent snow storm that sidelined Atlanta.

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