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It is with a heavy heart that we at NFPA say good-bye to a friend and colleague. Joe Flores, an NFPA Education Section Board director, passed away over the weekend. He was in his third year as a director (pictured above on the far right with the Education Section board at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson, New York last fall).

Joe was a retired Philadelphia Fire Department captain who spent many years in the fire prevention division. He went on to become a safety specialist at the University of Pennsylvania and also taught in the fire science program at a community college. He was president of the Citizens for Fire Prevention Committee, a nonprofit with the mission of reducing deaths, injuries, and property and environmental damage caused by fire.

Passionate about fire safety education, Joe was a consultant for NFPA's Urban Fire and Life Safety Task Force and an NFPA-certified fire protection specialist. He was a Learn Not to Burn® champion and champion for Risk Watch®, formerly NFPA’s childhood injury prevention program. Joe helped to secure more than $250,000 in grant money to support Risk Watch in Philadelphia.

He was recognized by the Philadelphia Fire Department and the mayor for the development and implementation of a young firesetter program and was awarded the distinguished Chapel of the four Chaplains award for unselfish contributions to the community.

“Joe was thrilled to be elected to the NFPA Ed Section Executive Board,” says Patricia Mieszala, past board chair. “His humble, pleasant, and respectful manner was constant and represented a very dedicated, hardworking professional who was a loyal, loving friend. He dearly loved his family. His contributions to the people of Philly will live on through the Citizens for Fire Prevention Committee as well as through those who worked with him at the Philadelphia Fire Department and other agencies and organizations. He will be missed by many, especially by our NFPA Ed Section Board as we plan to meet in Chicago next month.”

kellyR.jpgI am in the middle of remodeling my kitchen and have been enjoying eating out for a few days.  But I do miss using my stovetop and oven since they’ve been missing in action.  An early morning fire yesterday in Memphis, Tenn. that I read about  in localmemphis.com is a great reminder to me about taking safety precautions in the kitchen when my remodeling is done.  Thanks to a working smoke alarm, the family was able to get out of their home and call the fire department. Firefighters near Memphis reminded citizens to never leave food unattended while cooking and to always have working smoke alarms.

 

In addition, residents can call the Memphis Fire Department to have their smoke alarms checked or replaced.  The Memphis house fire reminds us that unattended cooking fires can happen any time of year and time of day.  As the Memorial Day holiday approaches, let’s take a look at NFPA’s many safety tips designed to keep your family safe. Visit Cooking Fire Safety Central to get a refresher on all types of cooking precautions.  The cooking infographic is a great addition for social media and the short informational videos can be used all year.  Bon appétit! Here’s  to a safe start to summer.

 

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Now is a great time to review NFPA’sCar Fire Safety tips sheet, which advises on what to do if your car is on fire, how to prevent a car fire, and knowing the danger signs of problems with your car.


 

If you need to keep the kids busy on the car ride, Sparky the Fire Dog ® offers all kinds of games, stories, and activities. In addition, the Sparky School House includes a storybook app and eBook that are both educational and fun.


 

And if you’ll be staying at a hotel, you’ll want to review the Hotel and Motel Safety tips sheet, which advises choosing a hotel/motel that is protected by both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system, reviewing the escape plan posted in the room, finding the exits, and leaving right away if the alarm sounds.


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Just yesterday, NFPA's vice president for outreach & advocacy, Lorraine Carli, said to me, "I'm not sure anyone would have ever used my name and Martha Stewart in the same sentence!" And she's right, many of us here probably never would have thought about it, but today we're happy to announce that NFPA is now a regular content contributor for Martha Stewart Living (MSL)! MS Grilling

Each month we'll write about a different fire safety topic and share it with the millions of MSL followers. This month, we write about grilling fire safety. Read the post and write a comment. You can also share it with the ones you love! As many of you may know, the Martha Stewart brand and mission focus on helping people live a beautiful, artful, creative and rich life everyday. Starting this month, NFPA is excited to share its safety messages with the MSL audience in a continued effort to help people create fuller lives by staying safer from fire and other related hazards.

Come June, we'll focus on outdoor party decorations and the safest way to use lighting displays. During the summer and beyond, you'll find additional posts on topics such as wildfire safety, Halloween safety and holiday cooking. We're looking forward to sharing our knowledge and passion with our Martha Stewart Living audience in the many months to come. Won't you join us? We look forward to "seeing" you!

NOTE: Image/Caption first appeared on MarthaStewart.com

Yesterday, NFPA kicked off the grilling season with the launch of its first of two new new grilling safety videos

In our second video, "A Simple Test for Checking Gas Grill Leaks," we share a couple of quick and easy but important tips to prepare your grill before you even start to cook those burgers and steaks.

Prepare my grill, you ask? But whatever do you mean? After a long winter season of hibernation (OK, in some parts of the country!) your grill has been stored away and covered up never to see the light of day until today. It's important to do a complete safety check on the grill to ensure everyone's safety at the next cookout or BBQ.

NFPA refers to this as the "soapy bubble test" and this video takes your though the process step-by-step. Not to mention, it's kind of a cool name, eh? Take a look and let us know what you think! If you're someone who does this each year, let us know. Your diligence is sure to inspire and encourage others to do the same.

 

Find this video and other great information on our grilling fire safety web page at www.nfpa.org/grilling. And share all of the videos with your friends and family. 

By practicing it each time you grill and sharing your knowledge, you'll be well on your way to a having a safe and fun cookout every day of the year!

Here's to a happy and very safe grilling season, everyone!

PBS KIDSIn a “Kids in Action” video on PBS Kids, the Friedman family of Rhode Island talks about how they safely evacuated their home during a fire and how they’ve recovered from the experience.

Ten-year-old Jonah (pictured) tells of the frightening moments of waking up to the smell of smoke the night of the fire and then running into his parents’ room to tell his mother, Brook. She and the three boys got out safely. Brook’s husband was traveling for work.

In the video the family talked about how they followed their escape plan by leaving the house immediately and going to their designated meeting place, a neighbor’s house, and waiting there for the fire department to arrive.

The children talked about the toys they lost in the fire and how relieved they were that their pets were okay. Since the fire the family has changed their smoke alarms and test them every month. Their escape plan keeps them from worrying, Brook said.

Public Education Division Senior Project Manager Amy LeBeau wrote a column on the Friedman’s experience in the January/February 2013 issue of NFPA Journal.

 

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For those who take their spring cleaning outdoors, NFPA’s Outdoor Electrical Safety tips sheet offers advice for decluttering while maintaining safety.


    • Store electrical tools indoors.

    • Keep the area around your electric meter and other electrical equipment clear.

    • Have a professional tree cutting service trim branches that might fall on electrical wiring.


 

Information on electrical safety in the home, as well as a video on electrical safety, and the observance this month of National Electrical Safety Month can be found on the NFPA website.


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