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Since Mary MacCaffrie, public education administrator for the New Hampshire Office of the Fire Marshal, along with Dottie Gove, program director of Home Care for Child and Family Services in New Hampshire, were trained on NFPA’s Remembering When™ program during the Scholarship Conference, the program partners have not only conducted numerous presentations on the fire and fall prevention program for older adults, but put together a list of helpful hints for other teams making presentations.


“Lessons learned from each other can be powerful,” says MacCaffrie. “When someone shared a story (at a presentation), we usually added, ‘What could you have done to be prepared for that emergency?’ ”


Mary and Dottie also have the following tips: 


•        Give people time to talk about their experiences. It gives them the opportunity to teach and learn from each another.


•        Keeping the presentation interactive. 


•        Try to get on the calendar early. Many senior centers schedule their programs a few months in advance.


•        Add humor. Everyone loves a good laugh.


 

This year NFPA is selecting teams from up to 25 communities to participate in the Remembering When™ Conference. The Conference will be held November 4-6 in Orlando, Florida. Participants will receive training to reach older adults with fire and fall prevention education through group presentations and home visits. Applications must be submitted by noon on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.


The team will include a fire department life safety educator and a home health visiting professional or volunteer from an agency serving older adults, such as visiting nurses, church outreach groups, civic organizations, and meal delivery programs.  New for 2015, teams may opt to add a third member who fits one of the categories and strengthens the team.


 

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Clothes Dryer Tips SheetBen Hammond, a firefighter in Arkansas with the Little Rock Fire Department and a volunteer with the Sheridan Fire Department Fire Prevention Division, has been teaching fire prevention in the schools for years and has brought those lessons home to his family. He says his three sons consider home fire drills fun.

“When their friends come to our house we practice fire drills,” he says. “We have them in the middle of the night, we’ve had them in the middle of the day.”

All that practice was put to use in a real emergency one night when Hammond and his wife heard a noise near the laundry room.

“The smoke alarm was going off and heavy smoke was coming out of there,” he says. “I told my wife, ‘I’m going to call 9-1-1 and I want you get the kids out of the house.’ ”

However, the kids–the youngest is 4 years old–were one step ahead of mom and dad and already on their way out the door.

Hammond says the fire department was able to shut down the clothes dryer before the fire spread and moved it out of the house.

“The smoke alarm was a big lifesaver,” he says “The kids, without being instructed, were able to react to it appropriately. I attribute this to the practice, repetition, and education they had beforehand.”

For information on clothes dryer safety, check out the clothes dryer safety tips sheets in English and Spanish on the NFPA website.

Cool to Do

Your kids will love this month's Cool to Do activity! It's finally summer and so Sparky has a fun and useful craft project this month that involves shells. Learn how to make magnets to hang your beautiful artwork - which could include your very own home fire escape plan. Have fun!

 

Imagine talking to 10,000 people about fire safety in one weekend. Raleigh Fire Department Fire Prevention Coordinator/Deputy Fire Marshal Ronald Campbell says his department reaches at least that many shoppers during Fire Prevention Week while exhibiting at a local North Carolina mall using materials from FPW in a Box. !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb08556ba8970d-800wi|border=0|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb08556ba8970d-800wi|alt=Shopping Mall|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Shopping Mall|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb08556ba8970d img-responsive!


“I find that with FPW in a Box, I don’t have to figure out what products to buy,” says Campbell. “I like the package of brochures that comes with it. They’re topical, relevant. The newsletter makes it easy to come up with an introduction when you’re out there in the community explaining to people why you’re there, why you’re giving the talk in the first place.”


Campbell says his department has lots of exhibit tables set up for three days at a heavily-trafficked area of the mall.


“It’s easy because we can put FPW materials in a bag for people,” he says. “We have it set up so the kids can watch the DVD while we engage the parents and other adults in a conversation about fire safety.”


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Warm balmy nights, food cooking on the grill, and friends and family spending quality time together in the backyard or around the pool create wonderful memories that last a lifetime. But, hosting outdoor events also means there’s an increased risk of home fires. To this end, NFPA created a new "outdoor entertaining" webpage that provides all kinds of great resources to help you plan your next summer party safely. From setting the table to decorating the landscape, find tips sheets, infographics, videos and more. We have you covered.Martha Stewart

Did you know? NFPA is now a regular content contributor for Martha Stewart Living! Check out our latest outdoor entertaining blog on her website!

As you take a look at all of our great information, remember, following some simple safety tips and guidelines can help ensure you and your guests stay safe. Consider these tips below when you host your next outdoor event: 

  • Have an adult present at all times when a portable fireplace is burning
  • Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip over easily
  • Keep anything that can burn, as well as children and pets, at least three feet away from open flames
  • Use battery-operated flameless candles and solar-powered patio (tiki) torches in place of an open flame. Flameless candles come in all colors, shapes and sizes, and many are scented. Flameless candles look and feel like the real ones, and add a beautiful soft glow to any outdoor event.

Don't forget, you can find these tips and more on our website at www.nfpa.org/outdoorentertaining. Take a look today!

Enjoy your summer! And thanks for keeping fire safety top of mind, everyone!

NOTE: Photo first appeared on MarthaStewart.com.

As part of our grilling fire safety campaign with Stop & Shop, NFPA joined the grocery chain, the Narragansett Fire & Rescue Department and the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal’s Office on Saturday to greet customers at the Narragansett Stop & Shop store in an effort to raise awareness around grilling fires. NFPA's Sparky the Fire Dog joined the group and was instrumental in getting folks to the table where we provided grilling fire safety tips sheets, fire safety activity books, pencils and more.  SS Event RI 10

While nearly half of the people who grill do so year-round, July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by May, June and August. So this summer, do your part. Make fire safety a top priority for you and your family. Find out how at www.nfpa.org/grilling.

NFPA thanks the great folks at Stop & Shop, Narragansett's Fire Department and RI's State Marshals Office for their help on Saturday and for supporting this very importance cause!

Safety SourceThe July issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find;  

  • Clothes dryer safety and electrical safety tip sheets now in Spanish
  • Fire Prevention Week printables for kids
  • Infographic highlights smoke alarm placement
  • Ten-minute lesson covers smoke alarms in less traditional sleeping areas
  • Domino’s Fire Prevention Week sweepstakes
  • Jeff Donahue joins Public Education Division

Don't miss an issue! Sign up now and be the first to get the latest information on happenings in the public education division, activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, Sparky the Fire Dog® and more.

 

The Boston Fire Department has created a video to increase awareness of the toll cancer has taken on its members. The video encourages today’s firefighters to take steps to reduce their exposure to toxins by using self-contained breathing apparatus longer while on the scene of a fire, wearing their hoods and promptly cleaning exposed skin and personal protective equipment.

On a recent visit with NFPA staff, Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn shared what he knew about each firefighter pictured on the memorial wall shown in the video and his commitment to reducing the risk of firefighters getting occupational cancer. The video is a moving tribute with an important message.

Dryer Safety SpanishNFPA offers free safety tip sheets on a variety of fire and life safety topics. Download, print and share these tip sheets to spread the word about fire safety. 

Two of our popular tip sheets have now been translated and are now available in Spanish. Doing laundry is most likely part of your every day routine. But did you know how important taking care of your clothes dryer is to the safety of your home? With a few simple safety tips you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire. Download the new dryer safety tip sheet available in Spanish

In addition to the dryer fire tip sheet, our electrical safety tip sheet is also now available in Spanish. Download the Spanish electrical safety tip sheet for free from our website

Reminder! Select NFPA safety tips sheets can be customized with your fire department or organization's name and contact information/web site. Open the PDF and scroll down to the bottom of the tip sheet. There you will see two lines where the text of your choice can be inserted. 

General yipped.  That’s what woke me up at 2:10 a.m. on a Sunday last fall.  Not a full-bodied bark, or a whole lot of barking as he typically does at just about anything that makes a sound, but a single yip.  The next thing I heard were footsteps.  I didn’t know if they were coming from inside our house or on our porch.  I only had to say Garrett's name and he was out of bed and responding, “I hear it too.” Garrett took a few steps down our back staircase and then rushed back to me, telling me to call 9-1-1.  Someone was breaking into our home!

The next moments were like slow motion scenes from a suspense movie.  My heart begins to pound in my ears, I am grabbing my cell phone from the nightstand, I am thinking about the safety of my two children who are sleeping down the hall, I am listening to the doorknob rattle on our first floor while someone is ramming his shoulder against the door, and I am trying to call 9-1-1.  This is not a drill.  This is for real a voice in my head is stressing.

After repeated attempts, I realize I’m not getting through because I am punching in the numbers on my key code, not the dial pad.  And even though an “emergency” button is clearly visible on the screen, my mind is fuzzy so I continue to try to organize my brain to enter my code and advance through the next screens until I finally reach the dial pad to enter 9-1-1 and call for help.

All ended well.  An intoxicated bar patron misjudged our city blocks while stumbling home, but the incident left me bewildered by the clumsiness of our emergency plan.  Could I have saved precious time by consciously reviewing and practicing how to call for help on a cell phone?  Had I instructed my 11-year-old son clearly enough on an emergency situation like this, so that he would know that he could override the pass code?  Our family had rehearsed our home escape plan for fires so that it would run like a well-oiled machine, but we overlooked a critical detail about calling 9-1-1 from our cell phones.

The pervasiveness of cell phones can be beneficial, but challenging for both adults and children when it comes to calling for help in an emergency.  As Fire Prevention Week approaches, NFPA addresses this issue in a new 10 minute mini-lesson that can be presented during a fire station tour, or as an add-on to nearly any public education presentation.  No matter what the emergency, reaching help as quickly as possible, is always key.  I know that my family has since made it a priority to review the use of our cell phones during an emergency so everyone in our family knows what to do and how to do it.  We all play an important part– including General. General 911
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Lissa andSandraWhen my dear friend Sandra Wills Hannon and I met for lunch the other day in Maryland, we had a lot of catching up to do. We hadn’t seen each other in 11 years, largely because I’d relocated to another part of the country. I knew we’d cover the topics of marriage, career, and aging parents, but I had no idea that a major fire would be part of the conversation.

Sandra told me that in 2007, her lovely three-bedroom home in Fort Washington, Maryland, with the two-tier foyer that I always admired, caught on fire. She was cooking dinner when she noticed smoke coming from the laundry room. On further inspection she realized the smoke’s origin was the two-car garage. Incredibly, one of the cars was revving, although no one was in it. Sandra slammed the door leading to the garage shut, and following the family home escape plan, yelled for her two daughters who were home at the time—including Madison, pictured below with her parents—to get out, grabbed the cell phone and left. Husband, Kevin, and another daughter were at work.

Hannon FireSandra called 9-1-1 from across the street once she joined the girls at the designated meeting place. The garage burned down and the two cars inside were destroyed. The patio and the master bedroom were consumed. The fire would have been more damaging if not for the home fire sprinkler system. The rest of the home remained intact.

Sandra said after firefighters knocked down the blaze, they complimented her because they were able to enter the house through the patio doors. They said people often block those doors with stored items, which leaves the fire department no choice but to break the doors down and delays entry to the home.

The Hannons were out of their house for eight months while the rebuilding was taking place. If they’re unlucky enough to have another one of their cars experience wiring problems, they’ll be ready. During the reconstruction, they had a sprinkler system added to the garage.

I was proud that my dear friend knew exactly what to do in a fire emergency and riveted as she told her story. It made our reunion lunch all the more special.

 

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The article focused on an event called “Thrive” held at the new Innovation Park, where Lincoln firefighter and paramedic Phil Lewiston, and Public Education Coordinator and Aging Partners Health and Fitness Coordinator Peggy Apthorpe provided fire and fall prevention tips. Nebraska State Fire Marshal Public Information !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7ac5549970b-120wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7ac5549970b-120wi|alt=Lw-thumb (2)|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Lw-thumb (2)|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7ac5549970b img-responsive!Officer Ray Nance also helped out during the presentation.


 

This year, NFPA is selecting teams from up to 25 communities to participate in the latest Remembering When Scholarship Conference. The Conference, which includes a training workshop, will be held November 4-6 in Orlando, Florida. Participants will receive training to reach older adults with fire and fall prevention education through group presentations and home visits. Applications must be submitted by noon on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.


The team will include a fire department life safety educator and a home health visiting professional or volunteer from an agency serving older adults, such as visiting nurses, church outreach groups, civic organizations, and meal delivery programs.  New for 2015, teams may opt to add a third member who fits one of the categories and strengthens the team.


Priority will be given to teams that include an American Red Cross volunteer who actively participates in the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. Also, scholarship winners will have an option to extend their awards an extra night to attend a special interest symposium being held on November 4th at the same venue.


The Remembering When program was developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help older adults live safely at home as long as possible. Together, NFPA and the CDC created 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention.


Each award is valued at more than $4,000 and includes airfare, lodging, and meals.


 

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It was a beautiful day on the Cape this past Saturday, the kind of day that entices you to spend every waking hour outside by the pool or at the beach, or in the backyard cooking up some great eats on the grill with friends and family.

To that end, NFPA staff and firefighters from the Dennis Fire & Rescue Department spent a couple of hours together with our friends from the Stop & Shop store in Dennis, MA talking to customers and handing out materials in an effort to raise awareness about healthy, safe grilling, and to help ensure everyone enjoys the summer and reduces their risk of grilling fires. In addition to all the great tips that were on hand, Beach Plum Chef of Cape Cod provided grilling demonstrations and handed out samples of some fantastic, healthy food for customers to try. Stop & Shop

While nearly half of the people who grill do so year-round, July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by May, June and August. So this summer, do your part. Make fire safety a top priority for you and your family. Find out how at www.nfpa.org/grilling.

In the meantime, if you happen to be visiting Rhode Island this coming weekend (Saturday, July 18 to be exact), join us at our next great grilling fire safety event at the Stop & Shop in Narragansett. We hope to see you there!

(Photo (L to R): Firefighters from Dennis Fire & Rescue; Dana Dunbar, Beach Plum Chef of Cape Cod; Janine Mudge, marketing manager, Stop & Shop; Ted Miller, Stop & Shop store manager; Lorraine Carli, Vice President, Advocacy & Outreach, NFPA)

 

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State Fire Marshal's Office Public Information Officer Steve Holmes says the days set aside at the fair to highlight different audiences help his office get the attention of attendees with fire prevention !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7ac171c970b-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7ac171c970b-320wi|alt=DSC_0387 (3)|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=DSC_0387 (3)|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7ac171c970b img-responsive!materials.


 

“One specific day is for elementary-age school children,” he said. “That day we provide bags for the teachers filled with state and NFPA fire prevention materials. Sparky visits with the kids and poses for photos. One day is Special Friends Day.  Sparky is again a big hit for our folks with varying abilities. They enjoy the ‘live’ Sparky and his giveaways and viewing the DVD’s of Sparky and friends. One day and night are devoted to senior citizens and we tailor the items on the table to their interests, while interacting and engaging with as many of them as we can in conversations about saving lives through fire prevention.”


 

Holmes says throughout the entire fair the Fire Prevention Week banner is the backdrop, helping to establish the FPW theme in the minds of everyone who happens to stop by the exhibit.


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It's July and you know what that means! Summer meals on the grill! What better way to celebrate our love of food than with ingredients cooked over an open flame. YUM!  DSC_8274

While you're preparing your next meal and gathering friends and family together, don't forget to keep safety in mind. Here are a few tips that can help reduce your risk of injuries and structure damage from grill fires:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Want more great tips? Check out our grilling safety page for videos, tip sheets and more. Got a favorite recipe you plan on dishing out this month? Let us know. We're always looking for new menu ideas. In need of inspiration? Check out the latest recipes from our partners at Stop & Shop and Martha Stewart.com for some great suggestions. On each site you'll find everything from how to grill corn on the cob to preparing a beautiful table.

Make your safety and the safety of your guests a priority this month. Enjoy the bounty of the fresh, colorful food summer brings us, and grill it safely. NFPA is here to help. Visit us today!


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Fire Prevention Week is a month-long event there. Throughout October, firefighters spend time at the day care centers, preschools, grade schools, assisted-living centers, and local businesses spreading the word about fire safety.


 

The observance concludes with a weekend smoke alarm blitz. Firefighters canvass neighborhoods door-to-door to install smoke alarms, conduct home fire safety surveys, and assist residents with their home fire escape plan.


Battalion Chief Derrick Phillips says central to making all of this happen is a combination of FPW items the department purchases through the NFPA catalog and the free materials available at the Fire Prevention Week website.


 

“We purchase numerous FPW 500 in a box and banners,” he says. “The banners are draped from 30 firehouses and our two administrative buildings. The posters are sent to every public and parochial school in our database, and are strategically placed in all of our facilities. Specifically, the posters are placed in the windows of our overhead doors so citizens may view the information while passing a fire station.”


 

Phillips says his department contacts the mayor’s office to have a proclamation drafted and works with the local media on PSAs, promos, and demonstrations based on the FPW theme, all designed to make sure everyone in St. Louis knows about fire prevention.


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He says firefighting and home safety demonstrations are conducted and stations in the firehouse are set up where safety tips sheets are handed out. “The free items are nice,” he says. “We can personalize them, get our brand out.”


Tourville says materials remaining after the event are used at the schools to continue reinforcing the fire safety messaging.  “For me to order six of FPW in a box is nothing,” he said. “We make it go as far as we can.”


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SS eventAs we mentioned earlier, NFPA and Stop & Shop have teamed up this summer season to promote healthy, safe grilling. When you're ready to do some grocery shopping for your next cookout, join us at one of our two events for some grilling fire safety tips that go along with all of those good eats! We'll have Sparky on hand, greet the local fire department, do some (safe!) grilling and provide tips and guidelines you can take back home and use immediately. Sound like fun? Of course! Find us at the following locations:

Saturday, July 11

Stop & Shop Superstore

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Patriot Square Mall

500 Rte. 134

South Dennis, MA

and ...

Saturday, July 18

Stop & Shop Superstore 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

66 Port Judith Road

Narragansett, RI

We hope to see you there! In the meantime, check out our newest grilling fire safety webpage that has all kinds of great materials including checklists and tips sheets, an infographic and two cool new videos that takes grilling fire safety to a whole new level.

Stop & Shop and NFPA wish everyone a very happy, safe and healthy Fourth of July!

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NFPA is selecting teams from up to 25 communities to participate in the 2015 Remembering When™ Scholarship Conference. The Conference, which includes a training workshop, will be held November 4-6 in Orlando, Florida. Participants will receive training to reach older adults with fire and fall prevention education through group presentations and home visits. Application materials must be submitted by noon on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

The team will include a fire department life safety educator and a home health visiting professional or volunteer from an agency serving older adults, such as visiting nurses, church outreach groups, civic organizations, and meal delivery programs.  New for 2015, teams may opt to add a third member who fits one of the categories and strengthens the team.

Priority will be given to teams that include an American Red Cross volunteer who actively participates Application 2015 in the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. Also, scholarship winners will have an option to extend their award an extra night to attend a special interest symposium being held on November 4th at the same venue.

The Remembering When program was developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help older adults live safely at home as long as possible. Together, NFPA and the CDC created 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention.

Each award is valued at more than $4,000 and includes airfare, lodging, and meals.

I have to admit my stomach has been rumbling a whole lot lately as my email inbox continues to fill up with the newest grilling recipes, the latest spices and ingredients that I must have, and tips for cooking the best "mouth-watering burgers" on the planet. Ah, yes, it's summertime and almost more importantly, it's the Fourth of July! Grilling

I know, BBQs and cookouts are on everyone's mind these days and who can blame us? There's nothing better than the smell of food on the grill, right? But with all of us cooking in our backyards and in parks and on the beach, risk for injuries and home fires increases. But here at NFPA we can help you stay safer with some easy (and thoughtful) tips to help keep danger at bay:  

  • First, place the grill well away from the house or deck railings, and out from under eaves or trees. The heat and any unintended flareups won't be able to ignite flammable materials if it's not close by.
  • Second, keep children and pets, and anything that can catch fire like dish towels or pot holders away from your cooking area. If you have to create a makeshift circle around your grill to serve as a reminder, go for it!
  • Third, be alert and keep an eye on what you're grilling. It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and not be aware of what’s happening on or near the grill. Staying focused reduces your risk for injuries and it keeps mealtime on track when hungry guests are waiting.

Of course, additional resources can always be found on NFPA's website. Our grilling safety messages, tips sheets and infographic are downloadable and easy to print out and keep handy as you prepare for your family festivities.

We also created a new grilling video that reminds us how to properly use our grill, and a second one that shows us how to test propane grills for gas leaks BEFORE we start cooking. In just a couple of minutes, you'll learn something (that you thought you knew but didn't) when it comes to using your beloved cooking equipment. And you'll be glad you did! I urge you to take a look and share it with everyone you know.

And about those recipes, looking for a new one for your next cookout? Our friends at Stop & Shop have some great ideas for meals using pork, vegetables and meat. Check out their webpage for inspiration!

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July, everyone! We'll see you after the holiday!

Photo courtesy of Stop & Shop

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