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North Shore PatchThe North Shore Fire Department of Wisconsin is the recipient of the 2015 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. The grant will support the continuation of the department’s “Prevent, Prepare, and React” home assessment and smoke alarm installation campaign.

A risk analysis of the seven communities the department serves showed that the percentage of adults 65 and over was above the national average. In 2014, NFPA awarded the fire department and local health department training through the Remembering When™ conference to administer fire and fall prevention education to older adults. Since then the team has presented Remembering When to more than 300 residents and conducted 28 home assessments. Data compiled during the assessments showed that none of the homes had properly fitted smoke alarms.

North Shore received a grant from Wal-Mart to purchase 100 ten-year smoke alarms. Most have been installed. The Rolf Jensen Grant will assist the department in conducting an additional 125 home assessments and purchasing close to 300 smoke alarms.

The campaign will be evaluated using record management software to determine if there is a reduction in fire and medical calls for the targeted age group. The evaluation will also include follow-up surveys on residents’ knowledge of the eight fire and eight fall prevention messages of Remembering When.

Named in honor of Rolf H. Jensen, founder of RJA Group, Inc., now Jensen Hughes, one of the largest fire protection and life safety engineering and consulting firms in the world, the $5,000 grant is awarded annually to any fire department – paid or volunteer – to support a community-wide fire and life safety education program or campaign. Recipients are chosen based on demonstration of a plan to implement the program or campaign aimed at the general public or a targeted group, clearly stated goals and objectives, staff assigned for the project, and a final report.

Oxygen Cigarette Fire Photo 2

Two people were killed and two others injured after a home in Altadena, California, caught fire on the weekend.

According to Eyewitness News ABC7, Los Angeles County firefighters arrived to find the home engulfed in flames. A 58-year-old man and his mother, 86, were killed. Neighbors said they heard an explosion at the home. Authorities believe the woman, who used an oxygen tank, was smoking a cigarette.Oxygen Cigarette Fire

Oxygen is not flammable, but fire needs it to burn. When more oxygen is present, any fire that starts will burn hotter and faster than usual. There is no safe way to smoke in a home when oxygen is in use.

NFPA’s medical oxygen informationand safety tips sheet provide more on the safe use of medical oxygen.

Neighbors said the man and his mother lived in the home for more than 30 years. Two other people who lived there were injured in the fire and taken to a nearby hospital.

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