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Hand made mom

Celebrate that special woman in your life with a creative project from Sparky the Fire Dog®

 The “hand”-made dish is not only easy and fun, it includes a fire safety tip too!

carbonMon.jpgAfter many carbon monoxide (CO) deaths across the United States over the winter and last few months, U.S.Senators from New York, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania reintroduced legislation yesterday that would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to provide resources that support public education and installation of CO alarms.  Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas  and is known as the “invisible killer.”  This poisonous gas can come from many sources, including incomplete combustion in cars, malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances, and incomplete combustion in engine-powered equipment. The only way to detect CO is with a working CO alarm. NFPA and CPSC  have teamed up to create a carbon monoxide community toolkit. It has everything you need to raise awareness in your community about the dangers of CO. You can also use the Carbon Monoxide Safety tips sheet to learn more about CO safety.

Mother's Day GraphicFor Mother’s Day, my father and I like to take my mother and an aunt to a fine dining restaurant in the Connecticut countryside that features a floor to ceiling stone fireplace and panoramic view of a lush landscape. We make the rounds at the buffet, which includes an omelet station, carved filet mignon, shrimp and scallop scampi and dozens of other choices of diet-busting meals and desserts.

Once we’ve filled our plates and taken our seats in the grand ballroom, the wait staff serves us our coffee. As I look around at the other 275 diners, I can’t help but wonder if we could all exit in an orderly fashion if there was a fire emergency and whether or not everyone knows their second way out if the front door becomes blocked as NFPA’s escape planning information advises.

NFPA’s Safety in Places of Public Assembly tips sheet is also a great resource and says the following:

  • Before you enter a building, take a good look. Does the building appear to be in a good condition that makes you feel comfortable?
  • Have a communications plan. Identify a relative or friend to contact in case of emergency and you are separated from family or friends.
  • Plan a meeting place. Pick a meeting place outside to meet family or friends with whom you are attending the function.

The tips sheet also provides details on what to do when you enter the building and how to handle an emergency.

Mother's DaySparky the Fire Dog® has the perfect gifts for that special mom, grandmother, teacher, aunt, sister, or anyone else in your life. Check out this month’s activities for directions and a free printable bookmark for mom or the teacher. Follow the directions to make an awesome craft for mom that includes a fire safety tip, and send a Sparky e-card to wish Mom a happy Mother’s Day.

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