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by NFPA's Susan McKelvey

For the seventh consecutive year, NFPA and Domino's Pizza are teaming up to make families safer during Fire Prevention Week.

In select markets, customers who order from participating Domino’s stores may be surprised when their delivery arrives aboard a fire engine. If all the smoke alarms in the home are working, the pizza order is free. If a smoke alarm is not working, the firefighters will replace the batteries or install a fully-functioning fire safety device in the home.

The first official pizza delivery was made at the home of the Puckett family, where their existing smoke alarms were working, but ones were needed and installed by the fire department.

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Back at the station, the students got to go through a fire safety house, play with our new, interactive story book app, "The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms", and share lots of hugs and high fives with Sparky the Fire Dog®. The festivities culminated with a pizza party at the fire station.

A tremendous thanks to the Detroit Fire Department for graciously hosting and participating in the event, and to all the great students who were so enthusiastic and well behaved. Last but certainly not least, kudos to Domino's for their active support of Fire Prevention Week each year, and helping communicate the extreme importance of working smoke alarms.

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Anyone who drives into the village of Wauregan, Connecticut, past the Atwood Hose Fire Company where one of NFPA’s regional directors, Robert Duval, is chief, will likely notice the brightly colored Fire Prevention Week banner suspended between two poles in front of the station.  Atwood Hose and many other fire stations in North America are displaying the banner. In preparation for FPW, fire service personnel are reviewing NFPA’s how-to guide for implementing an FPW campaign, drafting news releases and op-ed pieces for their local media from the media materials, requesting proclamations, and planning how to use the safety tips. All these materials are free and can be downloaded from the Fire Service section of the FPW page.


I’d love to hear from you. How is your fire department or school participating in Fire Prevention Week?


 


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State fire marshal Steven Coan spoke about the importance of the Senior Safe Program in helping older adults live safely in their homes.


 

Hundreds of fire and life safety educators, primarily from the Northeast, have convened in Westford, Massachusetts, for the 20th Annual Fire and Life Safety Education Conference. 


 

Hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, the conference, “[Destination SAFE: Fire and Life Safety for All Ages | http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/dfs/osfm/pubed/conference/conferenceprogram2014.pdf],” features dozens of workshops, among them, “Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults or Looking in the Rear View Mirror,” presented by NFPA Public Education Senior Project Manager Karen Berard-Reed and Public Education Advisor Antiliano Estrella. The workshop provided an introduction to Remembering When .


The conference continues through tomorrow.


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DominosNFPA and Sparky the Fire Dog are teaming up with Domino’s Pizza for the 7th consecutive year, this Fire Prevention Week.

During Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, participating markets in the U.S. will be reinforcing this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign theme, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”, on top of pizza boxes. 

Working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. However, two-thirds of U.S. home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. The fliers on pizza boxes will include statistics on smoke alarms, installation tips and encourage customers to test their smoke alarms every month.  

In addition, customers who order from participating Domino’s stores throughout the U.S. in October may be surprised when their delivery arrives aboard a fire engine. If all the smoke alarms in the home are working, the pizza order is free. If a smoke alarm is not working, the firefighters will replace the batteries or install a fully-functioning fire safety device in the home. 

Tomorrow, a kick off event in Detroit will launch the program, featuring saefty education for kids at a local fire deparment, the first pizza delivery of the season aboard a fire truck, and of course, a pizza party. Stay tuned for photos!

 

!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb078ecc26970d-800wi|border=0|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb078ecc26970d-800wi|alt=Smokingtipsheet|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Smokingtipsheet|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb078ecc26970d img-responsive!One of my favorite gourmet shops had a fire recently. According to the Weymouth News , Previte’s Marketplace in East Weymouth, Massachusetts, sustained more than $25,000 in damage. Officials say the stubborn fire was caused by careless disposal of smoking materials that ignited the mulch bed near the entrance. The fire spread from the dry mulch into a wall of the business beneath the siding. There were no reports of injuries.


 

NFPA’s Smoking and Home Fire Safety tip sheet reminds us not to discard cigarettes in vegetation, such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grass, leaves, or other things that could easily ignite.


 

Safe disposal of cigarettes and other smoking materials is important. Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths. Before butts and ashes are thrown away, they should be doused in water or sand. More smoking safety information is available on the NFPA website.


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The employees at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Albany, California, know to check the bulletins posted around their workplace every couple of weeks for the latest fire safety information. !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d0722d88970c-120wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d0722d88970c-120wi|alt=Smoke Alarm Tip Sheet|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Smoke Alarm Tip Sheet|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d0722d88970c img-responsive!Safety Coordinator Elizabeth MacGowan rotates topics based on the seasons, holidays, and other relevant criteria. “The material on your website is awesome,” she says.


 

During Fire Prevention Week MacGowan says she uses the campaign logo and other graphics made available for free on the NFPA website. The safety tip sheets provide her with tools she can use during FPW and throughout the year. “I really appreciate that you have a library of topics,” she says.


 

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It seems like lots of celebrities are helping promote the importance of smoke alarms these days.

Take country music singer Craig Morgan. Morgan will be donating 300 smoke alarms tomorrow to the Onondaga County Volunteer Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) at Paper Mill Island in Baldwinsville, where he'll be performing that afternoon.

Morgan is a former first responder; the donation represents his ongoing campaign to promote fire safety. Music to our ears!

  

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Fire service representatives from several local departments in Nebraska, officials from the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office, Nebraska Forest Service, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, gathered at the state capitol as Governor Dave Heineman signed the Fire Prevention Week proclamation.


 

Template governor and mayor proclamations are available on the Fire Service section of the Fire Prevention Week page of the NFPA website. Other media materials on the site include sample news releases, social media messages, and letters to the editor.


Governor Heineman also signed proclamations for Campus Fire Safety Month and Nebraska Fallen Firefighter Recognition Day. The ceremony was held on the anniversary of September 11th in commemoration of members of the fire service who gave their lives protecting others.


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Fire Prevention Week (FPW) is just around the corner – October 5-11 to be exact. Here’s an overview of what’s heating up for this year’s campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!"

  • In coordination with our FPW 2014 partnersLEGOLAND®, Domino’s® Pizza, CVS Pharmacy and The Home Depot – we’ll be promoting FPW in the coming weeks through a series of fun, engaging events and initiatives. Take a look at our Partners in Safety section for details on how we’re working with each of them.
  • We’re now entering the fourth week of our online smoke alarm pledge, where families who commit to testing their smoke alarms monthly are automatically entered into a grand prize sweepstakes. One randomly selected winner will receive a trip for up to four people to either LEGOLAND® Florida Resort or LEGOLAND® California Resort. The downloadable/printable pledge form is available through October 5.
  • Our FPW website offers a wealth of resources to communicate this year’s theme, including ways to team up with the local schools to educate kids about the importance of smoke alarms. The site also offers great smoke alarm advice, tips and information for adults.
  • Last but not least, Sparky the Fire Dog's® FPW page features activities that make learning about smoke alarms and fire safety really fun for kids, while Sparky's Schoolhouse features a new, interactive storybook app, "The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms", which is one of the most downloaded apps on iTunes!

For more details on Fire Prevention Week 2014 and smoke alarms, visit www.fpw.org.

Everyone loves a good party, but it's important to remember that safety remains the priority of the day when you choose to host friends, there is drinking involved and you want to serve food. Throughout September and October, NFPA is providing weekly blog posts about campus fire safety and the things Party 1 you can do to keep yourself and others safe from harm.


This week, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop. This also means things like pizza boxes! It's easy to toss these boxes across counters and the stove when you're in a rush to serve. But keep in mind that pizza boxes left on a burner that is on or cooling off is a recipe for disaster, as a fire can ignite immediately.
  • 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. We all like to be the hit of the party, but when you're the host and preparing food, make it a priority to stay put while you cook. If for any reason your guests want to pull you away, make sure you turn off the stove and place all pot handles inward so your guests (or you) don't knock them to the floor or spill hot liquid or food onto anything that can catch fire.
  • Party 2And always, always, always ... be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or oven. Drinking alcohol impairs your judgment and your fine motor skills. But if you just can't resist your friend's favorite cocktail, opt for foods that are easy to prepare and don't require a stove or oven.

For these and other campus fire safety tips, check out NFPA's campus and dorm fire safety web page or download our cooking safety checklist for quick reference. So go ahead, enjoy the party but remember, safety comes first!

 

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He also makes good use of the FPW logo and other graphic elements. “I’ve always used them for everything from website postings to social media, to flyers,” he says.


 

The safety tip sheets are also one of his favorite FPW tools. “We tend to use material closely related to the theme, but also tips that might be part of a targeted campaign.” Clark says this year, he plans to focus on both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms during FPW.


How about you? What are your favorite Fire Prevention Week materials and how do you use them? We’d love to hear from you.


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You might notice some extra activity this week at your local parks, shopping malls, YMCA’s, health clubs, and senior centers. Today marks the beginning of Active Aging Week, the annual health promotion led by the International Council on Active Aging®.

Active Aging WeekFrom September 21 to 27, host organizations throughout North America offer activities and events that are low cost to free, with the goal of giving older adults the means of experiencing classes, workshops, recreational activities, and exercises in a safe, friendly, and fun atmosphere.

A presentation on NFPA’s Remembering When program would be a fitting addition to an Active Aging Week event or could be a stand-alone activity. All of the materials are available for free on the NFPA website.

 

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The 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day is being observed Tuesday, September 23rd, the first day of fall. Forty-eight states and the National Falls Free® Initiative, led by the National Council on Aging, are championing the cause.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every 14 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall; every 29 minutes an older adult dies following a fall.


 

Falls Prevention Awareness Day highlights the importance of older adults and their support communities learning how to reduce fall risks.  A great way to be part of the effort is through implementing NFPA’s Remembering When program, developed with the CDC to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible. Getting started is easy. The Remembering When program book, fire prevention message cards, fall prevention message cards and other materials can be downloaded for free from the NFPA website. Or for a nominal fee, NFPA will print out all 106 pages in full folor and ship them to you.


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Lieutenant Derrick Ready of the Baltimore Fire Department led the charge in requiring that proper terminology be used when referring to smoke alarms . The exercise is a great reminder that the term “smoke detector” is generally used to describe an interconnected system sometimes monitored remotely that is commonly found in hotels, hospitals, and other commercial or industrial settings.


 

Lt. Ready’s 27 classmates, including NFPA Senior Project Manager Karen Berard-Reed, members of NFPA’s Urban Fire and Life Safety Task Force, and instructor Sharon Gamache, formerly of NFPA, all agreed to the challenge.


The penalty for each verbal slip was 25 cents the first day. The fine was increased to 50 cents the second day. By day three, $7.25 had been collected. The money will go toward the purchase of a brick on The Walk of Honor® of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.


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The Remembering When program just got better! Support materials for the fire and fall prevention program for older adults are now available in Spanish and Mandarin. You can download prevention message cards, safety tip sheets, home safety checklists, and prevention flyers for free.


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 as well as through focus group testing in high-fire-risk states.


The program was designed to be implemented by a coalition comprising the local fire department, service clubs, social and religious organizations, retirement communities, and others.


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SparkySmokeAlarmAppSparky the Fire Dog and his friends set out to solve a mystery in The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms, a new free app that teaches kids fire-safety skills in a way that’s both educational and fun. With a compelling new story, standards-aligned materials for math and English Language Arts, loads of tappable animations and even a high-flying game, this app will bring laughter and learning to your classroom or home.

The app has even reached the #2 spot in the iTunes App Store! You can download your download your free app for your Apple or Android device through Sparky's School House website

It's widely known that drinking and driving don't mix, but not much has been said about the dangers of drinking and cooking. Yup, you heard right ... accidents can and do happen in the kitchen when alcohol consumption is involved.  Campus

This week, as we continue our conversation about campus fire safety, please consider all safety measures when cooking in your college apartment, whether you're on campus or off. We've all been there (yes, even those of us a bit older than college age) ... coming home after a party and scrambling around the kitchen to prepare a meal to satisfy our hunger. Did you know that most dorm fires occur in the evening between the hours of 5 pm - 11 pm, and on weekends? If you stop and think about it, it makes sense. It's when most of us are returning from a day or evening of socializing and enjoying a cocktail or two. 

But as you know, alcohol severely impairs our motor and brain functions and that's especially dangerous when we're engaged in activities like driving a car, making important or life saving decisions and yes, even when we're preparing a meal. Couple that with being tired and sleepy after a day of festivities and our risk for injuries shoots even higher.

So the next time you come home hungry after having a few drinks or if you're tired and not feeling your very best, opt out of cooking any meals that require a stove or oven, and consider making something that offers fewer risks and is easy to prepare. 

NFPA has some great resources that are easy to download and keep handy in your dorm room or on a bulletin board or your fridge in the kitchen. The campus fire safety infographic provides some quick tips and statistics that will keep awareness of cooking fire safety top of mind. Our campus and dorm fire safety sheet is a another great resource that provides a number of easy-to-remember tips you can check often to make sure you're practicing all the right moves.

Find these and other resources on our campus and dorm fire safety web pages on NFPA's website. Our friends and partner at the Center for Campus Fire Safety have additional safety information and a host of resources that you can read and share with friends, too. Check out their site and start your school year off on the right foot, and with safety first. NFPA cares!

HeatingtipsTemperature have begun to dip in some parts of the country, which means that people are switching on furnaces and space heaters for the first time in months. In today’s edition of the Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau Fire Department officials are urging residents to take precautions when using furnaces, space heaters, fireplaces, and other heating devices. The importance of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms is also emphasized. The safety information section of the NFPA website offers tips, statistics, videos, and handouts on heating safety, escape planning, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and other topics of concern this time of year, as well as information that is helpful throughout the year.

 

Everything the fire service needs to run a successful Fire Prevention Week campaign is provided at fpw.org. The page includes step-by-step instructions the fire service can use for implementing a campaign; media materials, including sample news releases, letters to the editor, and op-eds; and safety tips.
This year’s campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month,” provides an ideal opportunity to educate the public about having working smoke alarms and testing them every month.


 

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In a recent article from Minnesota, a state fire marshal reminds residents to "look while you cook." According to the report, last year Minnesota set a record for the number of cooking fires, which sadly killed six people. What I liked about this article, however, was this emphasis on the idea that it only takes seconds for a disaster to happen in the kitchen. Here's a line from the article that really caught my eye and made me think:

2"In a culture that is obsessed with multi-tasking, it can be tempting to check an email or watch a funny video on Facebook while the pan is heating up -- but victims will tell you it's not worth it."

How many times have you stepped away from the stove to check your phone, or thought, I'll just jump in the shower for a "quick second," while preparing a meal? As gadgets demand more of our daily attention, the article says that fire safety experts now fear the number of cooking fires could drastically increase. So, let's do our best, starting right now, to make a pledge to "look while we cook," to keep an eye on what we fry, and be alert at all times when cooking.  1

There's a time and a place for our iphones and iPads, computers and other gadgets. Leave them in the other room when you're cooking to ensure your attention is focused exactly where it should be:  at the stove and at the table with family and friends. Then, when the last of the dishes are washed and put away, go ahead and pick up the phone if you must. 

Keep cooking safety on your mind. Go to NFPA's cooking fire safety central web page for more information.

A recent article in the Delaware News Journal reports a fire, which damaged a two-story townhouse, was started in the kitchen due to cooking oil left unsupervised on the stove that then erupted into flames. Thankfully, no one was injured during the fire.

Across the country, in an apartment in Fontana, a suburb of San Bernadino county in California, another kitchen fire started because cooking oil left heating on a stove ignited. Firefighters say the resident had left the kitchen briefly, and when the fire started, it quickly spread to the surrounding area.

According to NFPA reports, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries, and the leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. While oil may seem unassuming when it comes to cooking fires, it poses one of the biggest risks in the kitchen, as you can see from these reports above. Because we use oil in so much of our daily cooking, we can't stress enough just how important it is to stay near the pan when frying and sauteeing your favorite dish.  
NFPA recently added safety information about cooking with oil on its newly redesigned cooking fire safety central web page. Check out these easy tips and reminders before your next meal; they can help you stay safer in the kitchen today and every day. 

For a quick reminder about cooking safely, watch our wildly popular Dan Doofus "Kitchen for Trouble" video above to help you start down the right path to kitchen safety. (Other videos are also available; check them out on our cooking videos web page.) And share it with your fellow chef friends. It's never too late to add a "sprinkle" of cooking safety to all your favorite recipes!

 

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Wish your friends and family a Happy Fire Prevention Week with a Sparky e-card. In addition, Sparky has an array of delightful cards to just say hi, send happy birthday wishes, or mark the holidays or a special occasion.


Check out the Sparky’s “[For Kids and Families” page | http://www.sparky.org/parentpage/fpwkids.htm] for more on the cards as well as kids’ smoke alarm videos, and activity sheets.


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During September, we'll be highlighting a number of tips, information and resources you can use and share with friends that can help you stay safer while on campus or off. This week, I'd like to ask: do you know if your campus has prepared for an emergency? Now that you're fully entrenched in daily college life, it's important to know how to best prepare and adhere to safety protocols away from home. Notification

According to an article, Campus Mass Notification: Is Your Campus Prepared For A Crisis? in NFPA Journal by author Steve Corich, "Recent college shootings have driven home a number of lessons for law enforcement officials. One of those is the importance of rapidly notifying students and employees of emergencies so that life-saving action can begin immediately." 

Since this article was written in 2008, much has been done to keep everyone who works and attends classes on college campuses safe from harm. Whether it's shootings, bomb threats or a fire, everyone needs to know what to do, and follow these instructions carefully.

I remember as a recent student getting my masters degree at Boston University, how impressed I was by the system they had in place. When a rash of robberies created a bit of panic amongst the masses, notifications of what to do and who to contact with questions came through my phone via email, text and voicemail. The same was true when a suspicious package left in one of the hallways prompted law enforcement to evacuate the area and notify us about what was happening and what we needed to do. While there was panic in both cases, I remember feeling a bit more comforted about the situation knowing my university made it a priority to communicate with us often and work as quickly as possible to contain the situation. Can the same be said where you attend school?

As you settle into your daily routine at your college or university, make it a priority to find out about the emergency notification system the administration has put in place for your safety. Interested in what other colleges are doing in the name of safety? An NFPA Journal article about Weslyan University shows the priority it has meeting the challenge of making its unique student housing fire safe.

Learn more about this and other fire and life safety information on NFPA's campus and dorm safety web page. Interested You can also check out the 

Tailgating 2Doesn't it feel like we were just talking about summer grilling parties? I thought so, until this past weekend when I started seeing television advertisements highlighting the fall football season! Time does fly by, I know, but we should never forget the basics of fire safety no matter what time of the year it is.

As the ads suggest, weekend afternoons will soon be spent packing up the car with blankets and coolers along with the portable hibachis and grills en route to attending tailgating parties and cheering on our favorite teams. Here at NFPA we remind everyone that the same safety precautions we urged you to consider this summer are the same when it comes to using the grill in a parking lot at your favorite stadium. Keep in mind the following:

  • Be on alert! If you have or are consuming alcohol, please don’t use the grill or hibachi
  • Never, ever leave your grill or hibachi left unattended
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — food packaging, towels, blankets — away from your grill or hibachi
  • Keep children and pets at least three three feet away from grill

Find out more about cooking safely on NFPA's cooking safety web pages. More specifically, find these and other great grilling tips to live by this football season on our updated grilling safety pages.

Fall is a great time to put forth our best game face but remember ... always keep friends and family safety first and foremost in your mind. Go team!!

Water Rescue
New England had wonderful weather for Labor Day Weekend! I spent the weekend in Camden, ME enjoying the annual Windjammer Festival. Fun events included a Build-a Boat construction with a boat race, a crate race crossing 27 crates without falling in the water and a water rescue demonstration by the Camden Fire Department. Of course I had to introduce myself to the fire department rescue team and Fire Chief Chris Farley. Chief Farley gave me a fire department vest to wear while I took a few pictures of the demonstration to share on our Safety Source blog. During each demonstration, Chief Farley described the rescue method being used. I learned the importance of communicating with the victim during the water rescue. One demonstration focused on a victim thrashing his arms in the water. The fire fighter approached the victim, told him he was there to save him, and then the fire fighter pushed the victim under water to gain control. Once the victim was submerged, he stopped flailing his arms so the rescuer could do his job.

Thanks to the Camden Fire Department for educating residents and vacationers on this lifesaving service performed by fire departments everywhere.

Campus
If you're like me, you're amazed at the thought that it's now September! And for most of us, that meant passing up a day at the beach and spending the past weekend moving into dorms and off-campus housing. 

Being back with friends and enjoying the first few carefree days at college is definitely an exciting time, but it's also an important time to consider fire safety, especially when it comes to where you live.

According to the Center for Campus Fire Safety, September and October are peak months for campus fires. So each week during these months, I'll be writing about a different safety tip that I hope you consider, and share with your friends. 

So, as the first few days of school kick off, take stock of your surroundings and pledge to take part in your own campaign to pay attention to fire safety. Need a little help starting out? NFPA has a great checklist that's easy to download. Take it with you as you inspect your dorm room or off-campus living quarters. As you check things off the list, take pride knowing you're making a difference for yourself and for those who live with you.

More resources, including our newest campus fire safety infographic are also available on NFPA's campus and dorm fire safety web page.

Good luck with school, and stay tuned for more ways to make your year a healthy, happy and very safe one.


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Remembering When, centered around 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention, was designed to be implemented by a coalition comprising the local fire department, service clubs, social and religious organizations, retirement communities, and others.


 

You can download the program and supporting materials free from the NFPA website or, for a nominal fee, we’ll print out all 106 pages in full color and ship them to you. Either way, you’ll play an important role in making National Senior Center Month, and fire and fall prevention, memorable.


 


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NFPA, LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND California Resort launch the 2014 Smoke Alarm Pledge today. Between September 2nd and October 5th, anyone who fills in the submission form (found on www.nfpa.org/smokealarmpledge or NFPA's Facebook page) agrees to take the “Smoke Alarm Pledge.” This pledge states that you will test each of your home’s smoke alarms each month to ensure they are working. Working smoke alarms save lives making this an important initiative, as well as the theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week.

This downloadable and printable Smoke Alarm Pledge is a helpful reminder for you and your family members.  

By taking the Pledge, you will be entered into the NFPA, LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND California Resort Sweepstakes. One randomly selected grand prize winner will win a trip for four to either LEGOLAND Florida or LEGOLAND California Resort (winner’s choice), including admission tickets, airfare and hotel accommodations. Ten randomly selected runners up will win four admission tickets to their choice of park. Please see official rules for details.

Thank you and good luck! 

Cooking
As many of you know, NFPA is a really great resource for information about cooking fire safety. Our web pages provide all kinds of materials for families and fire professionals and teachers alike. Today I'm happy to report that we've updated our cooking safety web pages and invite you to review them. It's the same great content, only organized a bit differently to make it easier to find what you're looking for (and with a few twists added in).

We've got a page that highlights all of our videos, and special pages on holiday cooking and grilling. We've even got a page that focuses on reports and statistics about cooking fires and safety, and codes and standards related to cooking. You can find all of this information and much more including tip sheets and checklists right at your fingertips.

Take a look today and see for yourself! Then let us know what you think. As we shift  gears into fall and with (I dare say!) the holidays in our sights, take advantage of our newest web pages to find what you need to make all of your cooking experiences the best (and safest) they can be!

 

!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d05eb808970c-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d05eb808970c-320wi|alt=Smoke Alarm Installation Image|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Smoke Alarm Installation Image|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d05eb808970c img-responsive!One of the essential components of a smoke alarm installation program is supplies: smoke alarms, batteries, ladders, drills, and other items. But not all fire departments have the means to purchase the supplies. That’s where grants can help. A few years ago, the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office applied for and was awarded about $2 million in FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grants to purchase more than 88,000 smoke alarms. More than 52,000 alarms have been installed. The program continues.


“Without grant funding, this project would not have been possible and annual fire fatalities would have been unchanged,” says Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office Fire Safety Education Officer Tammy Peavy.”


 

You can read more about the impact the installation program has had on the state’s fire death rate and other keys to success in NFPA’s Planning & Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program.


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