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Change

We mentioned to you previously the Paradigm Challenge campaign, which NFPA supports, designed to get kids ages 7 to 18 involved in reducing deaths and injuries due to home fires by contributing their own fire safety ideas. 

This month, there is a great contest underway: Make or Bake for Change. Because almost half of all home fires start in the kitchen and unattended cooking is the primary cause, kids were asked to submit a photo that showed something they made or baked spelling out the word 'change.' The 10 entries with the most votes by the end of the month will receive cash prizes of up to $1000.

Some great entries were uploaded - so take a look! You can vote once a day for as many entries as you like. Good luck to all of the entrants!

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Over the last five years, 27 college students died in a fire within three miles of their school. Lots more were injured and many were left without a place to live.

In September, NFPA, The Center for Campus Fire Safety and the students of the University of New Haven Fire Science Club will be launching an online contest as part of our national Campus Fire Safety for Students campaign to increase awareness of the seriousness of campus fires, and to encourage students to take action and share information with their peers. 

Last week, Cathy Tabor from The Center, my NFPA colleague, Kyle, and I traveled to New Haven to meet with the students and shoot a video as part of the campaign. Together with tips sheets and infographics, an updated website and more, the students are pointing to the contest in the hopes that it will play a key role in the start of a fire safety conversation between students and their parents, and between friends.  

Kyle, Cathy and I had a great time shooting the video with the students. They are an incredibly passionate, intelligent group who care deeply about this subject, and they are determined to spread this campus fire safety message far and wide. As you can imagine, The Center and NFPA are equally excited to help them achieve this goal.

So please check back at our website this summer for more information about the campaign and our contest. We look forward to hearing what you think about our newest initiative, and we definitely want to hear what actions you as a parent, and your sons and daughters will take to help prevent fires on college campuses across American and beyond. We hope you'll join us. Stay tuned!

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