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Volunteer firefighter Melanie Brown is willing to climb great heights to make sure that everyone who passes by Shanty Bay Fire Station # 1, north of Toronto, sees this year’s Fire Prevention Week banner and knows the Fire Prevention Week theme: “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.”

Back on terra firma, Brown will join her colleagues with Oro-Medonte Fire and Emergency Services in providing the public with FPW-related information and activities.

In October, the department plans to provide smoke alarm and CO alarm information at a farmer’s market, visit schools to hand out FPW materials, and host an FPW finale at department headquarters featuring a barbecue and educational information.

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The National Fire Protection Association and Safe Kids Worldwide are teaming up in a formal partnership to promote fire and life safety, bringing together the strengths of both organizations.

To kick off the partnership, the organizations are co-hosting a webinar on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will give an overview of how the organizations will work together to support Fire Prevention Week and offer participants strategies for promoting this year’s FPW theme: “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.”

Participants will get a guided tour of the Fire Prevention Week website and learn about free and for-purchase materials, and how to enhance their fire-safety activities. There will also be an opportunity to ask presenters questions and share thoughts on Fire Prevention Week.

Fire Prevention Week 2015 is October 4-10. However, fire departments and Safe Kids coalitions throughout the United States will begin outreach in September and continue through the end of October.

Webinar presenters are NFPA Division Manager Judy Comoletti, NFPA Senior Project Manager Amy LeBeau, and NFPA Regional Education Specialist Kelly Ransdell.

Register for the webinar.

FPW CANADA

The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council Distribution Center, in Brockville, Ontario, is busier than ever these days with Fire Prevention Week less than six weeks away.

FPW materials have been received and work is underway assembling kits. Summer student Tobin Wade (pictured above) has been organizing packages of brochures, as well as stickers, banners, posters, and other items for distribution to fire departments across Canada.

A new offering for the 2015 FPW campaign is the Fire Safety Sports Box, filled with all kinds of items that kids and teens love–bracelets, water bottles, temporary tattoos, and fire safety brochures.

 

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Smoke alarms likely helped save the life of an 8-year-old girl in Camanche, Iowa. According to KWQC-TV6, Alysia Schomer wanted to stay home on a recent Saturday while the rest of her family went a few blocks away to a parade in town. During a nap she woke up to the sound of a smoke alarm. There was a fire on the kitchen stove and the room had filled with smoke. Alysia says she got out right away and then found help.


“I saw the fire trucks in front of my house and I just couldn’t get here fast enough,” said her mother, Kristie Schomer.


According to the Camanche Fire Department, the smoke alarms in the family’s home were installed a few years ago as part of a fire department program.


 

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Over the last few years firefighters have installed several hundred smoke alarms in town. NFPA’s Smoke Alarm Central is a complete source of smoke alarm information. The smoke alarm installation guide is an excellent resource for fire departments looking to launch an installation program. In addition, the smoke alarm community toolkit includes everything needed to motivate residents to install and maintain smoke alarms.


It’s believed the fire started when the family dog tried to go after a pizza box on top of the stove, accidentally turning on a burner.


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Shopping at big box storeI was shopping in the home department at one of the big box stores during the weekend and had to squeeze my cart past aisles filled with parents and their teenagers, shopping for sheets and comforters, lamps, and pillows, small appliances, and furnishings, all designed to make the dorm room or off-campus apartment comfortable.

Another items that’s essential to include on the Campus Fire Safety Imagecollege student’s packing list is fire safety information. NFPA’s College Campus Fire Safety tips sheet provides information on smoking, candle, and cooking safety, as well as escape planning, and pointers on smoke alarm safety.

The tips sheet, which can be customized with the fire department’s or organization’s name and contact information, can be downloaded, printed, and shared.

In addition, the Campus and Dorm Fires section of the NFPA website includes details about the Campus Fire Safety Sweepstakes and Contest,in which NFPA, The Center for Campus Fire Safety, the University of New Haven Fire Science Club, and Domino’s Pizza® are teaming up.

The contest starts September 1, the beginning of Campus Fire Safety Month, and is designed to promote on- and off-campus fire safety for students.

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

  • New campus fire-safety page
  • Sparky video: All sketched out for Fire Prevention Week
  • Local fire departments can take the Fire Prevention Week Challenge
  • Firefighter fatalities in 2014
  • NFPA tools help with disaster preparedness

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.

 

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According to Tuscaloosa News , Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service firefighters visited homes in a neighborhood where two men died in a fire earlier this month. According to Fire Marshal Gene !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7c086f3970b-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7c086f3970b-320wi|alt=Get Alarmed Tuscaloosa|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Get Alarmed Tuscaloosa|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7c086f3970b img-responsive!Holcomb (left), the deaths could have been prevented if there had been a working smoke alarm in the home.


The department has conducted “Get Alarmed, Tuscaloosa!” for 10 years, installing more than 1,300 smoke alarms and visiting close to 7,000 homes. Installations will be conducted in other Tuscaloosa neighborhoods throughout the rest of August.


 

NFPA’s Smoke Alarm Central is a complete source of smoke alarm information, a gateway to safety tips sheets, videos, reports, and a guide to installing and maintaining smoke alarms. In addition, NFPA’s community toolkit on smoke alarms includes everything public educators need to conduct a successful smoke alarm awareness campaign.


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A zip-lining Sparky the Fire Dog ®, firefighters grooving to the beat, TV personalities leading a crowd in a spectacular performance of singing and dancing. All of these elements came together in Ontario for the Barrie Fire and Emergency Services and Simcoe County Fire Department flash mob video launch of Fire Prevention Week 2013.


 

Although the campaign was two years ago, it is well worth revisiting as communities prepare for this year’s Fire Prevention Week.


 

More than 100 people participated in the flash mob performance in City Hall courtyard: kids, parents, firefighters, city employees, and home safety experts. The video reminds everyone to test their smoke alarms every month and about the importance of escape planning–to get low and go under smoke, get outside to the meeting place, and call 9-1-1.


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Red Cross

Smoke alarms save lives, and the American Red Cross home fire campaign - launched less than one year ago - is actively reinforcing that message.

Over the past 10 months, the Red Cross has installed more than 100,000 smoke alarms in almost 2,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, and has documented 15 lives saved ranging from a 3-year-old child to a 73-year-old grandmother. 

Working with fire departments and community groups across the country, the Red Cross is targeting neighborhoods at high risk for fires, teaching residents about fire prevention and preparedness in coordination with smoke alarm installations. The ultimate goal of the multi-year campaign is to reduce U.S. home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent.

With more than 1,800 local community partners and more than 40 national partner organizations, key supporters include:

 To learn about the location of local smoke alarm installation events, visit redcross.org.

Cool to Do

Sparky the Fire Dog’s new Cool-to-Do activity has been posted to sparky.org! It's August, and that means the summer is coming to a close. You've probably heard from your kids once or twice that they "are bored" after growing tired of all of their summer activities and games. We have a solution that will keep them entertained, and help them get ready to go back to school in the coming weeks!

Sparky's Perfect Plastic Pencil Pouch is an easy way to make a fun, colorful pencil pouch for all those pencils they’re going to need. Have your kids give it a try, and send pictures of your finished product in to Sparky's Facebook page, so we can admire them!

Meredith Tornado Photo

Photos like the one above are being posted by the dozens on social media in the wake of a powerful storm that battered the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan recently. Ninety-mile-per-hour winds, heavy rain, hail, and tornado conditions uprooted hundreds of trees, and left about 15,000 homes without power. As the sky glowed yellow, my family retreated to our basement for safety. It was the first time ever. 

In the hours after the storm, people began to venture outside to assess the damage.  One friend admitted to taking a walk, reveling in the excitement.  In our alley, a massive tree had been pulled from the ground and lay precariously across electrical wires by a neighbor’s home.  Reports the next day cited hundreds of power lines down and a warning was released on social media from our local central dispatch:  We really need people to stop walking around them, driving over them, approaching them, thinking about touching them, and thinking about driving over them....they are dangerous and should be treated as such

As a Regional Education Specialist for the NFPA, it was a reminder that electrical safety goes beyond the proper use of extension cords and outdoor lighting.  The Outdoor Electrical Safety Tip Sheet has some valuable advice.

  • Have a professional tree cutting service trim branches that might fall on electric wiring.
  • Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder outside.
  • Keep the ladder at least 10 feet away from power lines.
  • Never touch anyone or anything in contact with a downed wire. Power lines may be live; stay a safe distance away.
  • Report downed wires to authorities right away. 

In addition, NFPA’s community toolkit, Get Ready! Preparing Your Community for a Disaster, is a comprehensive guide the fire service and other first responders can use to reach the public.  It includes a series of fact sheets on what to do in tornado conditions and when other disasters strike. 

Meredith Neighbor Tornado Photo

 

Sparky the Fire Dog ® is all sketched out about Fire Prevention Week 2015. Thanks to the United States Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Fire and Emergency Services, NFPA has a new Fire Prevention Week short video to spread the word on the importance of working smoke alarms in the home. Sparky teaches the basic fire safety messages to support the Fire Prevention Week campaign: Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.

Police in Altoona, Pennsylvania, say dogs trying to get at a box of cupcakes left on top of a stove apparently started a small fire in a home there earlier this week.

According to news reports, the landlord told police that he stopped by his tenant’s home to let out Cookingsafelythe dogs.That's when the landlord saw a small stovetop fire and called firefighters.

Police say it appears the dogs were trying to get into the cupcakes and not only knocked off the stove's control knobs, but turned on the stove, causing the fire.

The fire has been ruled accidental. Nobody was injured.

NFPA’s Cooking Safety tips sheet stresses the importance of keeping anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop. The tips sheet and community toolkit on cooking safety for the fire service include additional tips on fire safety in the kitchen.

Last month, Domino’s sponsored its annual Fire Prevention Week Sweepstakes for fire departments that signed up between July 15 and August 1 to participate in its fire safety program this October. Domino's logo

More than 60 fire departments signed on and were automatically entered into the sweepstakes. On Friday, August 7, five departments were randomly drawn. The winners are:

  • McKinney Fire Department-Central Fire Station, McKinney, TX (Stacie Durham)
  • Palm Bay Fire-Rescue, Palm Bay, FL (Jim Poulos)
  • Mehlville Fire Protection District, St. Louis, MO (Kevin Reis)
  • Rochelle Park Township Fire Department, Rochelle Park, NJ (Darryl De Mott)
  • Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One, Gig Harbor, WA (Nanette Tatom)

Congratulations to all of you! Courtesy of Domino’s, each of you will receive NFPA’s “Fire Prevention Week in a Box 300,” which includes:

FPW in a Box artwork

  •  1 FPW banner (super-sized 10' x 4')
  • 45 FPW posters (17" x 24")
  • 300 adult FPW brochures
  • 300 kids FPW activity posters
  • 300 FPW stickers
  • 300 FPW magnets
  • 300 copies of FPW news
  • 300 FPW bags

Of course, thanks to all the fire departments that have signed on to participate in this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign with Domino's. If you haven’t yet, fear not! There's still time to get involved. Simply email Dani Nicholl at dani.nicholl@dominos.com and learn how you and your local Domino’s can team up to implement the campaign in your community.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm". To learn more, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

 

FPW theme artwork

 

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For Captain Sheldon Guertin (pictured at right), life safety educator with Kamloops Fire Rescue in British Columbia, being a public educator is about sharing ideas while improving delivery of his program. That’s why, he says, participating in the Remembering When™ Scholarship Conference last year was so important to him. During the conference, teams from a number of communities received training to reach older adults through group presentations and home visits.


 

Remembering When,which is centered around 16 key safety messages–eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention–was developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible.


“At times it seems that I am a one-man show,” Guertin says. “The team concept of Remembering When has been helpful.” His partner agency is Oncore Central Services, which assists older adults in daily living.


“I could not have asked for a better partner. Their whole mission is to keep older adults in their homes as long as possible by providing non-medical services, including housekeeping, yard work, snow removal, and friendly visits.”


Through the team’s efforts, Remembering When group presentations have been made in assisted living facilities and Oncore’s network of volunteers have conducted numerous home visits with older adults.


“Overall the Remembering When program has been a huge success in our community and a great tool to help protect one of our most vulnerable populations,” Guertin says. “I like to refer to the Remembering When program as a 'high reward' program." 


 

If you’re interested in applying for the Conference, you have until tomorrow. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, August 12, 2015.


 


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princeGeorge.pngThe temperatures reached over 120 degrees inside the hot car as emergency crews arrived on the scene of the mock hot car incident at the Safe Kids Worldwide press event to mark National Heatstroke Prevention Day.  Firefighters were there to reenact their efforts to save children if they have been left unattended in hot cars.  Public Information Officer Mark E. Brady spoke to the crowd about how fire departments work in the community to help when an emergency arises and beyond.  The newest music video from NFPA is Firefighters Are On Their Way and focuses on the many ways fire departments work to help families every day.  In addition, our updates to the free downloadable Learn not to Burn Preschool curriculum contains a lesson plan for Firefighter are Community Helpers.  As I watched the fire department spring into action on this HOT summer day- I was thankful for all the fire departments that help in emergencies as well as the educational efforts they do all year. High five Prince George's County Fire/ EMS Department!

 

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This year NFPA is selecting teams from up to 25 communities to participate. 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.


The teams 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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Fire officials say the fire began in the living room of the single-story home before spreading.


Smoke alarms alerted the homeowner, and he and several dogs and cats were able to escape without injury.


Fire investigators at the scene said an overturned kerosene lamp ignited the fire.


 

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm,” reminds us that half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep and that it is essential to have working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.


 

In addition to FPW materials, NFPA’s Smoke Alarm Central , as well as the community toolkit on smoke alarm safety provide resources the fire service can use when conducting safety presentations to the public.


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Have you ever looked for a target rich environment where kids and families are everywhere?  I am sure in your community there are many places that have a family night.  Spring Lake Fire Department in NC has been working with Ruby Tuesday- Kids Eat Free family night.  The fire department is setting up an interactive display from 6pm-8pm every Tuesday night.  Firefighters are talking with them about fire safety and sponsoring a new activity each week.  The free downloadable activity sheets available from NFPA are great ways to have a fun activity as well as safety theme.  Firefighters are also using the free Ebooks and have the reading dragon to read to the kids.   According to Assistant Chief Jason Williams, “Ruby Tuesday have brought back kids eat free night every Tuesday night, so we thought it would be a great time to talk about fire safety, smoke alarms, and home safety.” Congratulations to the Spring Lake Fire Department for this innovative project. _20150806_112035

Battery Disposal in Malaga

While I was vacationing in Spain last week, in the city of Málaga, the southernmost large city in Europe, I was drawn to the exotic horticulture of a nearby park and the architecture and designer shopping boutiques at a popular plaza. But one of the discoveries I made that sticks most in my mind is a depository I came across at the foot of the plaza near a busy intersection.

Sponsored by Málaga Town Hall, the depository, which stands about four feet tall, is a place where people can safely drop off their used batteries. The receptacle is positioned near the entrance of the plaza, which draws hundreds of pedestrians per hour.

It’s a reminder that batteries can be a fire hazardous. NFPA’s 9-volt Battery Safety tips sheet explains why 9-volt batteries can be dangerous, and provides information on their proper storage and disposal.

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