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2014

Smoke alarms were credited with saving four lives in Everett, WA, earlier this week. A woman and three children were able to safely escape their home upon hearing the smoke alarms sound at around 5am.

“Smoke alarms played a big role in saving the lives of the residents in the house,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Eric Hicks. “The family could have easily been trapped inside the house if it hadn’t been for the smoke alarm going off at the right time.”

According to local news reports, the home appears to be a total loss; the cause of the fire is under investigation.

For more information on the importance of smoke alarms, check out NFPA's smoke alarms safety tips.

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We recently debuted a new infographic on cooking fire safety and you all really seemed to find it helpful. So we put together another infographic highlighting smoke alarm safety information and statistics. Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Review this latest infographic and be sure to share with your friends and family as a good safety reminder! Take a look at our new site, Smoke Alarm Central for additional information on smoke alarms. 

New FireworksSafetyTips Sheet  Three boys playing with fireworks caused up to $15,000 in damage to a northwest suburban Des Plaines, Illinois, middle school after the building caught fire Saturday afternoon. The building’s siding melted, and the area’s doorway and ceiling were damaged in the blaze, according to fire officials. No one was injured. However the outcome could have been tragic. Chi-boys-playing-with-fireworks-damage-des-pla-001

 NFPA’s revised fireworks safety tip sheet has clear concise messaging to appeal to wider audiences about the dangers of consumer fireworks. Fireworks are dangerous. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns. Fireworks should not be used by the general public. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. You can read more about fireworks safety on the NFPA web site.

“Smoke detectors saved a life…” That was the lede in a local news story about a Fall River, MA, resident who called the fire department to report a fire in his home.

“The tenant was sleeping when the alarm began to sound,” said District Chief Michael Clark, the commander at the scene. “He got up and saw his kitchen was fully involved (in flames). He got out and called 911.”Fall River firefighters knocked down a fire at a triple-decker at 98 Harrison St. on Wednesday morning. No one was injured in the blaze.

According to The Herald News, the fire began on the second floor of a triple-decker home and extended to the third. No one was injured.

Once again, this news story reinforces the life-saving value of working smoke alarms. NFPA statistics show that having a working smoke alarm cuts your chance of dying in a fire in half. So remember to test yours monthly and change the batteries once a year!

Smoke Alarm Sheet in Spanish

When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. NFPA’s new smoke alarm tip sheet in Spanish provides messaging to a broader audience. The carbon monoxide safety tip sheet is also now available on Spanish. You can find more about smoke alarms and carbon monoxide safety on the NFPA website.

This past week, two fire incidents involved neighbors who took swift action upon hearing nearby smoke alarms.

A man who slept through the smoke alarms sounding in his Nelson, UK, home, was rescued by residents who rushed to his aid.

Meanwhile, neighbors who heard smoke alarms sounding in a flat in Poole, U.K., promptly contacted the local fire service. “On this occasion a neighbor was alerted by the sounding of the smoke alarm. This incident could have been much worse and is a reminder of the importance of having working smoke alarms,” said a spokesman for the fire service.

Both incidents involved unattended cooking fires.

Of course, being fully prepared for a fire in your own home is the best safety plan of all. NFPA offers a wealth of information on smoke alarms and home escape planning, which can make a life-saving difference in a home fire.

 

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Remembering When, which centers on 16 key safety messages–8 fire prevention and 8 fall prevention–includes the message that exercising regularly can help prevent falls.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as stated in the Remembering When program, falls are the leading cause of death from unintentional injury in the home for older adults. Extensive research from the CDC has concluded that t’ai chi, practiced by millions of people, is a phenomenal physical exercise and can reduce falls among older adults and improve their health.


Under the guidance of a personal physician, older adults can choose the exercise program that’s right for them and begin lowering their risk of falling in the home.


 

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LeekQuiche_jpg_rend_sni5col_landscapeIf the people at the television food programs have their way, you’ll be spending time this week watching the television chefs whip up all kinds of meals for the Memorial Day Weekend with new twists on toppings, main ingredients, and cooking methods, then trying to recreate the dishes in your own kitchen. But before you line up the measuring spoons and pull out the pots. pans, and baking dishes, it’s a good idea to review cooking safety.  Cooking is, and has long been, the leading cause of home structure fires and home injuries.

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
  • If something does catch fire on the stove, just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.

You can review NFPA’s cooking safety information and cooking safety tip sheet on the web site and sign up for Safety Source, the monthly newsletter chock full of tips for staying safe.

We have just released an updated Learn Not to Burn® (LNTB) Preschool Program, which was created to address young children’s increased risk to home fire fatalities.

Learn Not to Burn preschool coverThe Learn Not to Burn series has served as a pillar of NFPA educational programs for more than 40 years.The revised preschool curriculum features five lessons, which include new and original content:

  • Firefighters are community helpers
  • When you hear a smoke alarm, get outside and stay outside
  • Practice a fire drill with your family
  • Stay away from hot things
  • Tell an adult if you see matches or lighters

All of the program’s behaviors and strategies are guided by research addressing fire and life safety messaging for young children. This includes the use of positively-framed messages, age-appropriate learning activities, and encouragement of family involvement.

The program targets children ages 3-5, but it’s also appropriate for the Kindergarten level, with elements that support successful learning up through grades one and two. The updated program integrates literacy, movement, music and dramatic play; each lesson taps into young children’s varied learning styles to reinforce specific safety concepts.

NFPA encourages fire safety educators and teachers to use the Learn Not to Burn Preschool Program as part of their annual curriculum. The complete program can be downloaded online at no cost.

As many of you know, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. This new infographic, developed by NFPA, highlights important cooking safety tips that can help reduce your risk of injuries. Take a look today and share it with your friends and family. 

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GrillAs Memorial Day Weekend approaches kicking off the unofficial start of summer, backyard chefs everywhere are dusting off their grills, eager to spring into the long-awaited barbeque season. This summer, NFPA recommends that grillers pay particular attention to safety, especially in June and July, when home fires involving grilling fires occur most often.

According to a 2013 NFPA report on cooking equipment fires, gas grills were involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires in 2007-2011, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were responsible for an annual average of 1,400 home fires. 

Last year, Hannah Storm, ESPN SportsCenter anchor, was severely burned in a grill fire at her home. She has since worked with NFPA to record several videos to share her story and raise awareness for grilling safety in hopes that others will avoid similar incidents.

 

Video:  Hannah Storm, NFPA team up to offer consumers home fire safety.

When grilling, NFPA suggests the following safety tips:

  • Stay alert when grilling. Do not grill if you are sleepy or when you are drinking alcohol. 
  • Don’t leave your cooking/grill area unattended.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area. Remove flammable materials from around the grill.

Read a complete list of specific safety tips and download an easy safety tip sheet for reference. 

 

Teaching Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults just got a little easier thanks to a new option offered by NFPA: printing and shipping the program upon request .


For a nominal fee, NFPA will print out all 106 pages of Remembering When in high quality full color and ship them to you.


Remembering When–the full curriculum, handouts and tips for making group presentations and home visits–will arrive at your door in shrink wrap and ready to be placed in binder sheet protectors.


“The revised version of Remembering When is available online as a free download.  The materials were designed in full color.  This makes them beautiful but can prove to be a challenge for folks who don’t have access to high-quality printing.  This is a less expensive option than sending the documents out to a copying service,” said Public Education Division Senior Project Manager Karen Berard-Reed.


“For under $30 you can have the entire program printed in full color as it was intended,” she continued.  “I’m thrilled we are able to offer another option to help get the program into the hands of those who can use it.”   


 

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Ears of CornMemorial Day is quickly approaching and for many people the commemorative holiday marks the beginning of summer and with it, the grilling season.

NFPA recommends that grillers pay particular attention to safety, especially in June and July, when home fires involving grilling accidents occur most often. When grilling, NFPA suggests the following:

 Stay alert when grilling. Do not grill if you are sleepy or drinking. Don’t leave your cooking or grill area unattended. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area. Remove all flammable materials from around the grill.

NFPA provides additional grilling safety information, grilling tips, and a grilling safety tip sheet on the NFPA web site.

 

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Sparky the Fire Dog and his friend, Lt. Antiliano Estrella of the Providence Fire Department, went before the cameras and bright lights of NFPA’s Studio B today. They teamed up to record an important fire safety message for kids. The video clip will be a companion piece to the recently updated Learn Not to Burn® Preschool Program. !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd08c039970b-120wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd08c039970b-120wi|alt=LNTBPreschoolCover|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=LNTBPreschoolCover|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd08c039970b img-responsive! The lesson titled, “Firefighters are Community Helpers,” describes a firefighter’s role in the fire department and community and explains that firefighters wear special gear.


In the video clip, the lesson is put into action. Lt. Estrella demonstrates how he puts on his protective gear piece-by-piece, explaining to kids that while he might look scary, the gear keeps him safe so he can keep them safe. Sparky helps to reinforce the lesson.


The video clip is in production and will be available for download this summer.


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Time and again, real-life news stories show us that working smoke alarms alert people to fire in time to safely escape. But when people have a home fire escape plan in place, the ability to use that time wisely is maximized.

That was the case for a family in Hampshire, England, who experienced a fire in their home on Monday. According to a local news report, the family had working smoke alarms, a pre-planned escape route and closed all of their doors as part of their bedtime routine.

A local fire official credited the family “for being prepared for a fire in their home which may have saved their lives.”

To learn more about smoke alarms and creating a home fire escape plan, read NFPA's smoke alarm safety tips and our home escape planning section.

 

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Later, on my way across the room to the kitchen to ask my father to refresh our coffee, I noticed a sign posted in bold letters next to the double doors that led to the church’s back parking lot–the Fire Escape Plan, letting us know what to do if we had to get out. NFPA’s escape planning information, how-to guide for making an escape plan, cooking safety information, and tips sheets on safety in places of public assembly, and escape planning are tools to help us be prepared for an emergency whether we are assembled in small or large numbers.


The hard work the men put in for Mother’s Day breakfast will have its reward. The roles will be reversed on Father’s Day. It’s comforting to know that all participants will be able to refer to the posted escape plan if necessary.


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Between two serious home fires that occurred over the past few days, smoke alarms saved the lives of 8 people.

In Tampa, FL, smoke alarms alerted a family of seven to a fire that broke out in their home overnight. While all members – one adult and six children - were able to escape safely, the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene.

“ …no price can be put on the lives of the seven people who escaped unscathed,” said Tampa Fire Marshal Milton Jenkins. “This is a testament to the value and necessity of smoke alarms being installed in residential homes.”

In Mono, ON, a man awoke to the sound of smoke alarms and safely escaped his home, which burned to the ground in the hours that followed.House fire

“The homeowner actually woke up to the smoke alarm and had to go out his bedroom window,” said Rosemont Fire Lieutenant Daniel Hawkins. “He was on the main floor, heard the smoke detector and left. That just goes to show smoke detectors save lives.”

For more information about properly installing and maintaining smoke alarms, check out NFPA's smoke alarm safety tips sheet.

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

  • NFPA launches new Learn Not to Burn Preschool Program: The program's behaviors and strategies are guided by research related to fire safety messaging and young children, including using positively framed messages, opportunities for active engagement and encouragement of family involvement.  
  • Updated smoke alarm tip sheet reaches wider audiences
  • May is Electrical Safety Month
  • Mother's Day e-card and activities
  • Fire service online quiz
  • NFPA Journal's Haunted by fire 

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.

 

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News accounts chronicle how officials in Gauteng have been working hard to improve the standards of education in the province. Learn Not to Burn South Africa has played a part in that.


 

The award announcement comes as NFPA launches the updated Learn Not to Burn Preschool Program, which includes five lessons designed for varied learning styles.


 


 


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ESFI Twitter Chat

Join our National Electrical Safety Month Twitter Chat co-hosted with Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) on Wednesday, May 14th at 2:00 EDT!

We'll be sharing tips and answering questions about preventing electrical fires, injuries and fatalities. You can submit your questions ahead of time through Facebook (by leaving a comment on our post), emailing info@esfi.org or in real time by using the hashtag #NESMChat.

Hope to see you there! 

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is continuing its annual effort to reach as many houses (and workplaces too!) as possible, and it has a very notable one to add to that list. This year, National Electrical Safety Month is being observed by the White House!  In the first-ever Presidential Message of recognition for National Electrical Safety Month, President Obama emphasized the importance of educating the public about the importance of electrical safety. 

The Presidential Message was sponsored by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  The full text of the message can be found on ESFI’s website.

For more information about National Electrical Safety Month, visit www.esfi.org.  

A new study conducted by the Cintas Corporation has revealed that more than half (55 percent) of adults have never used or received training on the proper operation of a fire extinguisher.

“Our survey findings suggest that this is a real issue unless more people receive proper training on how Fire extinguisher to use a fire extinguisher,” says Tommy Thompson, Vice President of Cintas Fire Protection, a corporation dedicated to providing specialized services to businesses of all types throughout the country. “Whether you’re at home or at work, knowing how to properly operate a fire extinguisher can mean the difference between life and death.” A fire extinguisher is a crucial tool in fire prevention, often used to cease the spread of fire before it reaches dangerous levels in a variety of environments. Unlike some fire prevention tools, fire extinguishers are readily available and sold commercially throughout the country.

Improper use of a fire extinguisher can potentially make a fire much worse, allowing it to spread and cause more damage. Thankfully, NFPA has assembled a comprehensive list of safety tips and instructions surrounding fire extinguishers that can help you learn the proper techniques and necessary safety precautions you should take when using an extinguisher. NFPA urges you to use portable fire extinguishers only when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.

Be sure to check out NFPA’s fire extinguisher information so you’re better prepared!

In less than one week, four early morning home fires occurred between 2:00 and 5:45 a.m., causing significant damage to two homes in Massachusetts and one in Michigan, and limited damage to a home in Brantford, Ontario. In each incident, working smoke alarms awoke the occupants to fire and enabled them to escape safely.

NFPA's home fire statistics show that half of all home fire deaths occur between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. These four stories underscore the life-saving value of smoke alarms when people are sleeping.

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Sparky the Fire Dog has something new that students can give to mom or that special teacher–a free, printable bookmark that states: “These are a few of my favorite things about you.” Two sets of bookmarks are provided, one geared toward mom and one geared toward the teacher. Space is provided so that students can personalize the bookmark, filling in mom or the teacher’s name and a list of all the favorite things.

Just go to the parents and educators section of the Sparky web site.

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Sparky® the Fire Dog has the perfect gift for that special mom, grandmother, teacher, aunt, sister, or anyone else in your life. A flower jar. It’s not only easy and fun to make but includes a fire safety tip too. Check out this month’s Cool to Do on the Sparky web site.

 

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Five lessons tap into varied learning styles to reinforce safety concepts for young children. You can download the complete program from the NFPA web site. Links are provided for individual lessons.


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If you’ve been on the roads of Massachusetts lately you may have done a double take. Sparky the Fire Dog is along for the ride, sharing an important message with the public. He’s featured on NFPA’s new van, used to transport items between headquarters in Quincy and our customer contact center 15 minutes away in Avon. Sparky is reminding everyone to test their smoke alarms and to visit the NFPA web site .


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The power of smoke alarms strikes again: A couple safely escaped a destructive home fire when they heard their smoke alarm sound, encountering smoke and fire as they proceeded downstairs.

The fire began just before midnight on April 30, causing an estimated $600,000 in damage. Located in Clearview, Ontario, the house was fully engulfed in flames when the local fire department arrived.

Upon checking the air quality of nearby homes after the fire, the fire department discovered that some didn’t have smoke alarms. Instead of issuing fines, fire crews installed new ones.

Visit CTV Barrie News to watch the full story. To learn more about proper installation and maintenance of smoke alarms, check out NFPA's smoke alarm safety tips

 

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!http://inside.nfpa.org/Slideshow/PauleyPresident.jpg|src=http://inside.nfpa.org/Slideshow/PauleyPresident.jpg|alt=Pauley|align=left|title=2013|hspace=15! NFPA names new president _______________ Jim Pauley, senior vice president of External Affairs and Government Relations for Schneider Electric, will succeed Jim Shannon on July 1.

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!http://inside.nfpa.org/Image%20Library/NationalAnthem.jpg|src=http://inside.nfpa.org/Image%20Library/NationalAnthem.jpg|alt=storming|align=left|title=storming|hspace=15! Cast your vote! _______________ Choose your favorite rendition of the "The Star-Spangled Banner" to help select this year's National Anthem singer(s) at the Conference & Expo

!http://inside.nfpa.org/Slideshow/OutdoorElectrical.jpg|src=http://inside.nfpa.org/Slideshow/OutdoorElectrical.jpg|alt=outdoor electrical|align=left|title=outdoor electrical|hspace=15! Outdoor electrical safety _______________ Outdoor lighting, electric tools, and power lines to our home, all need to be handled with care.

!http://inside.nfpa.org/Slideshow/Snow.jpg|src=http://inside.nfpa.org/Slideshow/Snow.jpg|alt=snow|align=left|title=snow|hspace=15! We're done with the snow, right? _______________ The storm on March 8 certainly threw everyone for a loop. Here, the warehouse guys in Avon help push a delivery van that got stuck in the Avon parking lot.

!http://inside.nfpa.org/Slideshow/grilling.jpg|src=http://inside.nfpa.org/Slideshow/grilling.jpg|alt=Safety safety|align=left|title=Grilling safety|hspace=15! It's grilling season! _______________ What's better than food on the grill? Enjoy the summer, but be safe. Check out NFPA's grilling fact sheet.

 

In addition to NFPA’s general electrical safety information, safety tip sheet, and videos, the online electrical toolkit provides support materials to help fire departments conduct successful electrical safety campaigns in their communities. Departments can gather more tools for fire safety presentations from Safety Source, the Public Education newsletter and the 10-minute mini lesson template.


!http://i.zemanta.com/267127579_80_80.jpg|src=http://i.zemanta.com/267127579_80_80.jpg|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Read the April 2014 edition of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative newsletter

!http://i.zemanta.com/249897479_80_80.jpg|src=http://i.zemanta.com/249897479_80_80.jpg|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Plug into electrical safety this winter season

!http://i.zemanta.com/135813639_80_80.jpg|src=http://i.zemanta.com/135813639_80_80.jpg|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!NFPA urges communities to get involved with the Put a Freeze on Winter Fires campaign

!http://i.zemanta.com/267350894_80_80.jpg|src=http://i.zemanta.com/267350894_80_80.jpg|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Homeowners tell of the dangers of 9-volt battery

 

!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a511ad95f7970c-800wi|border=0|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a511ad95f7970c-800wi|alt=Mother's Day Flowers1|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Mother's Day Flowers1|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a511ad95f7970c img-responsive!Restaurants will be doing a brisk business on May 11th, serving brunches and dinners in celebration of moms, step-moms, and phenomenal women who’ve been a source of emotional support for others. However, some women will have the luxury of being pampered right at home with meals prepared for them by members of the family.


If Mother’s Day in your household involves cooking a meal or baking a dessert, a review of cooking safety is in order. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Most of these fires involve the stovetop. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling the Mother’s Day meal, check it regularly. Remain in the home while cooking and use a timer as a reminder.


 

Additional cooking safety information–including the cooking safety tip sheet–is available free on the NFPA web site. And while you’re checking items off your grocery list for the big day, check your smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month using the test button. You can make this into a family activity by going to the Sparky the Fire Dog web site and teaching kids the sound of the smoke alarm and what to do when they hear it with Sparky’s Match Game .


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