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Food, glorious food! That's what we so love about the 4th of July holiday. And what better way to enjoy our favorite foods than to cook them on the grill, right? But before you run out to the backyard and fire up the coals, you'll probably want to brush up on your grilling skills. According to our reports, July is the peak month for grilling fires and we want everyone to play it safe.

 

What's a good way to do that, you ask? Watching NFPA's "Grilling Fire Safety Tips" video, of course! Check it out below and see if you can answer our four grilling fire safety questions.

 

 

Didn't get a perfect score? Don't worry. NFPA has the help you need. Download for free our additional resources like checklists and tips sheets so you can read up on the steps you need to take before you start cooking for family and friends.

 

Now that you've taken the time to put fire safety first, don't you feel better? We sure do! But if you're still wondering what to cook for your guests, our friends at Martha Stewart have lots of great recipes for the food you actually want to eat. Meat and potatoes? Veggies and seafood? Pizza? She's got recipes for all of that, and dessert! So go ahead and check out her website and find the perfect meal for your family friends.

 

This holiday and throughout the summer, NFPA wants everyone to keep grilling fire safety top of mind. When you do, can't help but be able to create wonderful memories and meals for months to come!

 

So play it safe, everyone, and have a happy holiday!

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Famous People Players Glow in the Dark Dine & Dream Theatre was the venue recently
for the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council Fire Safety Awards Ceremony. The annual

event recognizes outstanding contributions to fire protection and prevention in Ontario.

 

The theater produces glow-in-the-dark shows in a dinner theater atmosphere and hosts
corporate and group events as well as educational programs, teaching kids of all ages

to push beyond limitations. More than 20,000 schoolchildren attend the theater annually.

The Council provided funding for a glow-in-the-dark performance of Sparky the Fire Dog®,

who delivers fire safety messages about escape planning and other safety topics to children

prior to the main show.

 

Sparky is pictured above at the Council’s awards ceremony, demonstrating delivery of fire
safety messaging.

 

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Sparky the Fire Dog® threw out the first pitch to the Toronto Blue Jays Ace at the recent kickoff of the “Swing into Summer Safety” campaign at Rogers Centre. The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and its sponsors, along with participating fire departments and the support of the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management partnered with the Toronto Blue Jays to bring the campaign to communities across Ontario.

 

“Swing into Summer Safety” is about educating and raising awareness among school-age children and their families about fire safety and other injury prevention. The annual campaign kicked off in five municipalities at the  same time as the kickoff at Rogers Centre. Sparky, Ace, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management Ross Nichols, and campaign spokesperson and Blue Jays pitcher, Marco Estrada, celebrated the success of the campaign.

 

Participating fire departments throughout the province hosted fire safety events in their communities, and handed out special safety edition baseball card decks, other great giveaways and safety information.

 

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This week, the application period opened for NFPA’s Remembering When™ Conference scholarship awards. The Application Image.JPGconference is scheduled for November 14-16, 2016, at Drury Hotel, San Antonio, Texas.

 

Don’t delay! The application deadline is noon, Monday, August 15, 2016. Application packets will be reviewed as received. The submission date will be considered when choosing between similarly rated applicants.

 

NFPA is committed to helping communities reduce fire and fall injuries and deaths among older adults through the Remembering When™ Program. NFPA will select teams from up to 25 communities to attend the Conference.

 

Participants will receive training to reach older adults through group presentations and home visits. 

 

We are looking to train 2- or 3-person teams that are:

  • excited to help older adults reduce injuries from fires and falls.
  • committed to building a community outreach program.
  • enthusiastic about strengthening partnerships to support older adults.

 

Each Remembering When scholarship is valued at more than $4,000 and includes:

  • a training workshop in San Antonio from November 14–16, 2016, for each team.
  • airfare to and from San Antonio & shuttle transportation to and from the hotel.
  • lodging at the Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk on November 14 and 15, 2016.
  • a networking reception on the evening of November 14, 2016.
  • breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the training.
  • ongoing support from NFPA for program implementation.

 

New this year is a mobile app that will help Remembering When facilitators collect data and determine program impact at the local level. Remembering When Scholarship winners will be among the first trained to use this technology.

 

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june safety source.JPGThe June issue Safety Source. NFPA's public education newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find:

  • Fireworks safety
  • New whitepaper on Community Risk Reduction
  • Portable grilling safety tips
  • 30-minute lesson for educators on smoke alarm basics and rental housing
  • Our new digital decal for Fire Prevention Week t-shirts

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!

Hero DOgs.JPGVoting to determine the 2016 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards finalists is open! The public voted and 173 outstanding nominees were narrowed down to the top 3 dogs in each of the 8 categories (Arson, Emerging Hero, Guide/Hearing, Law Enforcement, Military, Search & Rescue, Service and Therapy).

 

Voting to determine the winning dog in each category will remain open until June 22nd at 12pm Pacific Time. The 8 category winners will win $2,500 for their charity partners and will get to fly to Hollywood for the star-studded awards gala this September!

 

Voters must be U.S. residents at least 18 years of age and may vote for one dog each day. Individuals may not use more than one email address to vote more than one time per day. Invalid votes, as determined by American Humane Association, will not be counted. For more information, please visit the rules page.

Two young children playing with fireworks were responsible for a Memorial Day fire thatTip Sheet Image.JPG
displaced almost three dozen people in Champaign, Illinois.
According to the News-GazetteChampaign Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Smith said investigators determined the massive fire was an accident "resulting from the improper use of fireworks near ordinary combustibles."

 

The fire started on an apartment patio, went up the side of the building, and quickly spread to the roof. When firefighters arrived the building was engulfed.

Fireworks are not safe in the hands of consumers and cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. People can enjoy fireworks safely by following precautions.

  • NFPA urges everyone to leave fireworks to the professionals. Do not use consumer
    fireworks; this includes sparklers and firecrackers.
  • Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.

 

NFPA’s Fireworks Safety tip sheet offers additional information about fireworks and
fireworks hazards.

 

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My husband, Alex, and I are writers. We both worked for years as newspaper reporters and
Mini Lesson Lisa.JPGtaught journalism on the college level. Before coming to NFPA I ventured into
television broadcasting. Alex made the transition to public relations for a
research university, writing hard science. Yet, a few months ago we found
ourselves–at least momentarily–in a line of work that required us to put aside
all of our training and say absolutely nothing in order to get our message
across.

 

We agreed to be models for a new NFPA 30-minute lesson plan on the topic “Smoke Alarm Basics–Rental Housing.” The lesson plan is designed to be used for presentations with adult renters and landlords in a casual setting, such as a coffee shop, library, fire station, or town hall. It provides a lesson objective and steps for conducting a presentation. A list of educational messages is also included.

 

Mini Lesson Alex.JPGFor the lesson plan, Alex and I spent a morning being photographed as we stood on step ladders testing smoke alarms, disposed of a smoke alarm that was 10 years old, and checked the date on the back of a smoke alarm to see if it needed replacement.  I doubt if our experience will provide a springboard to the runways at New York Fashion Week, a reality television show, or a fat contract with a posh modeling agency, but that’s okay. We've accomplished something more rewarding. We’ve done our part to reinforce the importance of having and maintaining working smoke alarms.

 

 

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#25 - Carousel.jpgSparky checked off another item from his bucket list by riding a carousel. The first modern carousels were built in the mid-1800's and were meant to imitate medieval jousting tournaments. They have been popular ever since!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

According to an article on Mashable, titled, "Grilled in the U.S.A./Smoke, Flame and Char: Biting into America's Greatest Grilling Techniques" the U.S. isn't always united on the best methods for grilling despite how much of it we do every year. So, BUSH's Beans got down to business and conducted a survey to learn just what makes the ultimate grilling experience for people across the country. Their findings are part of the article. For instance, according to the survey, did you know that grilling enthusiasts in the south are the most likely to grill on Christmas? Or that grillers everywhere almost unanimously add sauce to ribs, but very rarely on burgers? Some of the other fun stats they found include:

 

* Liver and rabbit are the most commonly grilled exotic meats

* About 1 in 4 grill owners also owns a smoker, and nearly all smoker owners also own a grill

* 93% of the U.S. thinks grilling is better than smoking meat

* When it comes to grilling alone, 49% of men think that "offering to help" is the same as "invading my space"; 37% of women feel the same way

 

Grilling.JPGRead the full article to get a flavor (no pun intended!) of the kinds of recipes and grilling techniques used at restaurants throughout the U.S. from Texas to Georgia to Chicago, and check out the interactive map that provides specific statistics for each region of the country. (Living here in Boston, I just had to check the Northeast: 96% of those surveyed here own a grill while 79% prefer gas-powered grills! That's a lot of grilling going on here!)

 

And while the article is a lot of fun to read, please do make sure your grilling fire safety skills are top notch. Tips on cleaning and testing your grill can be found on our website. You can also get some valuable tips on how to keep your family and friends safe from burns and fires. Download our tips sheet and keep it handy for instant review before you light up the grill.

 

With any luck the summer will last a good long time so start off on the right foot and make sure you are prepared to grill safely today!

 

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Photo: Courtesy of Samantha Roby/ChicagoFoodAuthority on Istagram

Lt. Annmarie Pickett, public education officer for the Worcester Fire Department in Massachusetts,
looks back fondly on her year as NFPA 2015 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year.
When the citizens of Worcester found out that Lt. Pickett had been chosen for the award, they wanted to give her a sendoff she would
Annmarie Headshot jpeg.JPGnever forget.

 

Not only was she given the key to the city at a city council meeting, she was also honored

with a video tribute. The six-minute video highlighted her work and included
on-camera testimonials from the mayor, city manager, the fire chief, staff and
participants of the Worcester Senior Center, and most importantly, her mom.

 

The accolades continued as Lt. Pickett was honored in Chicago during the 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo
general session and presented with the Sparky statue  by Chairman of the Board Ernest Grant. Also during the Conference, she gave the keynote address at the Education Section business meeting.Annmarie gets award.png

 

“Words cannot say how thankful I am to NFPA,” Lt. Pickett said when I spoke to her today. “We
are a city of 200,000 with a department of 400 or so–second largest city in New England. Having said that, I have worked as a public servant for this city since the age of 16 and it is home and a small town to me. The equity, relationships, and validity of the education and outreach program have risen to heights unimaginable with this prestigious award. To be recognized and honored by my city with a key to the city and the love and support is just amazing."

 

In an effort to recognize educators who take the lead role in making their communities safer, NFPA presents the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award annually. Lt. Pickett is known for her steadfast commitment to bringing fire and life safety messages to as many people as possible. Under her leadership, the Worcester Fire Department public education division in 2014 conducted more than Keys to the city 3.JPG700 workshops reaching 40,000 residents compared to 10 workshops reaching 161 residents in 2008, just before she joined the division.

 

She has fostered a partnership between two groups at high-risk of fire: older adults and young children, forming an intergenerational partnership between the senior center and nearby elementary school. She will speak on this topic at the 2016 Conference next week in Las Vegas during the education session, "Fire Safety Education-Bringing Children and Older Adults Together."

 

 

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RELIGIOUS CANDLE TIP SHEET.JPGThe fire that destroyed a 161-year-old Manhattan cathedral last month was sparked by Easter candles left burning by a caretaker, officials said Thursday.

 

“Fire marshals have . . . determined that candles, which had not been completely extinguished, caused the fire,” FDNY spokesman Frank Gribbon was quoted as stating in a New York Post article. Investigators were able to find evidence in the remains of the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava that proved caretaker, Slobodan Ljubenko, 69, had accidentally caused the May 1 fire by failing to put out the candles, sources said.

 

No charges are expected.

 

The tragedy reinforces the importance of reviewing candle safety tips in religious settings.

  • Candles should be placed in a sturdy candle holder.
  • Lit candles should not be placed in windows where a blind or curtain could catch fire.
  • Places of worship should be equipped with a fire detection and sprinkler system.

 

NFPA’s Religious Candle Safety tip sheet provides additional information on using candles safely in places of worship.

 

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#24 - Freedom Trail.jpgThis week, Sparky visited Boston to walk the Freedom Trail, a collection of 16 historical sites that all have ties to the Revolutionary War. Sites include the Old State House (as shown in this photo), the former center of the Massachusetts government that was the site of several significant events leading up to U.S. independence and more. A notorious red brick pathway helps people find their way between all 16 sites as they walk their way through Boston.

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

Off campus housing.JPGMemorial Day has come and gone, summer is right around the corner and for most college students finals and graduation parties mark the end of the school year. But believe it or not, over the course of the next few weeks and months students will be looking for off-campus housing for the upcoming fall term. Is your son or daughter one of them? If so, NFPA is happy to be partnering with Campus Firewatch, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to promote the "See it Before you Sign it" campaign. If you haven't heard about it before, the "See It" campaign encourages parents to take a more active role in helping their loved ones choose secure, fire-safe housing in apartments or houses that are not on campus, including seeing the house before you sign that contract..

 

There are plenty of resources you can download and review, and share with your family as you begin your house hunt. Not sure what to look for? Want to ask questions of the landlord but you're not sure what to ask? We have checklists and Q & A sheets that can help you get started and guide you through the process. If you're a parent, here's a few questions you will want to consider:

 

* Does the house have working smoke alarms?

* Are there two ways out of each room for a safe escape? Can all the doors and windows open easily?

* Can the house handle today's electric power needs? Think of computers, phones and tablets, televisions, etc.

* Does your college student take precautions with smoking materials and alcohol? Do they take care to never leave the kitchen when cooking meals?

 

Finding that perfect "home away from home" is important for both students and their parents. According to the USFA, 94 percent of fatal campus fires took place in off-campus housing and since 2000 nearly 120 people have died in campus fires. So you see, it's more than just finding a place with a pretty view. We want (and should demand) to know that our loved ones will be safe in off-campus housing against fire and other hazards. So take a few minutes and review our materials. Learn all you can about off-campus housing fire safety.You'll be glad you did! And good luck with the house hunting!

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Plans are well underway for this year’s “Swing into Summer Safety” campaign, according to
NFPA Public Education Field Advisor Art Pullan. The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council

and its sponsors, along with participating fire departments and the support of the Office of the

Fire Marshal and Emergency Management are pleased to partner with the Toronto Blue Jays

to bring the campaign to communities across Ontario.

 

“Swing into Summer Safety” is about educating and raising awareness among school-age
children and their families about fire safety and other injury prevention.
The campaign will be

kicked off in five municipalities at the same time as the kickoff at the Rogers Centre on June 14,

featuring members of the team along with Sparky the Fire Dog® and Ace, the Blue Jays team mascot.

 

Participating fire departments throughout the province will host fire safety events in their communities,

and hand out special safety edition baseball card decks, other great giveaways and safety information.

 

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