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Engaging your community in this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign will ensure that more homes are protected from fire. If you don’t have all of the resources you need to promote FPW, consider reaching out for assistance.

 

Local businesses are often willing to offer financial support. How to begin? NFPA has a sample fundraising letter that makes it easy. It includes all the details you’ll need to generate the interest of local businesses, paving
the way for you to follow up a few days later.

 

The sample fundraising letter is one of the many resource provided to help you with Fire Prevention Week.  There’s a sample press release, social media messages, classroom ideas, and customized outreach tips.

 

You’ll do your part to reinforce this year’s theme—“Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”


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August 2 has been dubbed a day to relax and color. National Coloring Book Day has been
around for years. People gather for coloring parties at libraries, community centers, coffee shops and in private homes. These days the observance is getting more attention because of the rising popularity of adult coloring books.

 

With so many people of all ages turning to crayons to create art, it’s the perfect time to share with your community Sparky’s Coloring and Activity Books Value Pack, part of the Fire Prevention Week “must haves.” Kids get to color engaging drawings and characters while learning lifesaving messages from Sparky the Fire Dog® during camp, school, and community outreach events.

 

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After I arrived at my parents’ house last week for a much-needed vacation, I realized almost immediately that

the relaxation portion of the trip would have to wait. My mother was preparing dinner, the doorbell was ringing, announcing the arrival of an aunt, cousin, and friend, and my niece and nephew had their laser focus on their smart phones, locked in a Pokémon GO battle that they wanted to lure me into.

 

It’s no wonder that the intermittent chirping coming from the main floor hallway went unaddressed. That is,

until my sister said with an edge in her voice, “I wish that chirping would stop. It’s getting on my nerves!” She then went back to helping my mother prepare the pasta.

 

I decided to rummage through the utility drawer until I found a 9-volt battery to replace the old one in the smoke alarm. I got my family to pause from their activity long enough to remind them of the importance of replacing the battery right away if the smoke alarm chirps.

 

NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week products, including FPW News, and the Fire Prevention Week Adult Brochure

offer a comprehensive list of safety tips about smoke alarms designed to work for up to ten years and other types of alarms—information that’s essential for reaching family and friends, as well as members
of your community.

 

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Note: NFPA Division Manager for Public Education, Judy Comoletti, took a few moments away from the summit today to send us this blog post on the latest activity at the event.

 

Day 2 of the Alabama Fire Safety Summit, which received local newspaper coverage, is underway in Tuscaloosa. More than 70 members of
the fire service are in attendance to learn about fire and life safety education resources available

from NFPA. Regional Education Specialist Kelly Ransdell (pictured above) is giving the audience

an overview of NFPA’s free materials and how to use them at the local level. Joining Kelly and me at the
conference are NFPA regional directors Randy Safer and John Caufield.

 

Today’s summit opened with an overview of ongoing fire problems in Alabama and its “Turn Your

Attention to Fire Prevention” campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to raise community awareness

of the importance of taking personal responsibility for fire prevention. Social media plays a big role in the
campaign, which reaches communities throughout the state.

 

The Learn Not to Burn® programs, Sparkyschoolhouse.org and Fire Prevention Week are being introduced to attendees. They will receive a set of preschool, kindergarten and grade 1 Learn Not to Burn programs. Fire Prevention Week free materials online and for-purchase resources are being outlined.

 

The Remembering When™ program is being highlighted as a resource to reach older adults in the community. Kelly invited attendees to apply for the 2016 Remembering When Training Conference to be held November 14-16 in San Antonio, Texas.

 

State Farm Insurance funded duplication of NFPA on-line materials and food for the summit. Vendors exhibiting, include Kidde, Safe Kids Alabama, The Consumer Product Safety Commission, Dig 811, Alabama Forestry Commission, and Alabama Power. The summit is a partnership of NFPA, State Farm Insurance, Alabama Fire College, Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office, Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs, and the
Tuscaloosa Fire Department.

 

Last night a similar version of the summit was held as a “night school” for volunteer fire departments. More than 40 members of the fire service attended the 3-hour summit. Several of the attendees have requested that this event be held on an annual basis.

 

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Here at NFPA, we’ve got a calendar with big red circles around the date of August 15, 2016. That’s
the last day we’ll be accepting applications for the Remembering When Scholarship Conference.

NFPA is selecting teams to participate in the expenses-paid Conference, which will take place in San Antonio,

Texas, November 14-16. Those who are interested in building local fire and fall prevention programs for older

adults are encouraged to get their teams organized. Participants will receive training to reach older adults through

group presentations and home visits. NFPA is looking to train 2- or 3-person teams who 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 in addition to the training workshop 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.

The application period will close at noon on Monday, August 15, 2016. Teams should submit one complete application packet. Application packets will be reviewed as they are received.

 

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The evening of May 25, 2016, was a special time for me. It was when I pulled out of a car
dealership behind the wheel of a brand new sporty sedan and left my rusted out "tin can on wheels" in my rearview mirror.

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A few days ago my husband reminded me again that I had homework to do: reading the owner’s manual. I pulled the book out of its attractive, electric blue slipcover, cracked the spine, and treated it as a breezy review. That is, until I got to the chapter on carbon monoxide (CO).

I was pleased to see that the chapter included an explanation of CO, the dangers it poses, and precautions that should be taken, the same messaging that is included in NFPA’s Carbon Monoxide Alarms Brochure.

When people make plans for Fire Prevention Week, NFPA’s brochures–which can include the Carbon Monoxide Alarms Brochure or others–can be mixed and matched so that fire safety presentations are tailored to the needs of the community. This year’s FPW campaign offers a number of ways to deliver essential messaging uniquely, from customized T-shirts, to Community Helper Bundles, to FPW in a Box for various audience sizes.

 

 

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#37 - Dominos.jpgFor bucket list item #37, Sparky traveled to the Domino's headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While there, he learned to make delicious pizza in their "Pizza Theater" with Domino's CEO and President, Patrick Doyle. Domino's has long been a partner of NFPA and Fire Prevention Week; in fact, we just launched our 9th year together. Find out how fire departments in your area can team up with their local Domino's to deliver pizza AND fire safety during FPW through this recent blog post.

 

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 between his birthday and 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!

A hoverboard caught fire while charging last week and damaged a home in Clayton, North Carolina, according to Hoverboard tip sheet July 2016.JPGWRAL.comThe fire started around 10 p.m. when homeowner Paul Papineau said the hoverboard was left plugged in too long.

 

The homeowners heard an explosion and thought it was thunder. Papineau's wife went to investigate and found the garage full of smoke, flames lapping at the back wall, and the front of the truck on fire. The fire department was called.

 

Hoverboards, which are self-balancing scooters, have been linked to fires. NFPA urges that safety precautions be followed if using the devices. NFPA's Hoverboard Safety tip sheet advises that the device not be left unattended while it is charging and includes information on signs of a problem with hoverboards, what to do if traveling with a hoverboard, and precautions to take if purchasing the device.

 

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The U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs is the flagship training center for the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Olympic Training Center programs. The CSOTC is able to provide housing, dining, training facilities, recreational facilities and other services for more than 500 athletes and coaches at one time on the complex!

 

The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center is home to sport facilities and support services for the following summer Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American sports (which one do you think Sparky was best at?):

  • Boxing
  • Cycling (Olympic and Paralympic)
  • Figure skating
  • Gymnastics
  • Paralympic Judo
  • Pentathlon
  • Shooting (Olympic and Paralympic)
  • Paralympic Swimming
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

 

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 between his birthday and 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!

NFPA and Domino's are joining forces for the 9th year in a row to deliver fire safety messages and pizza during Fire Prevention Week. This program presents a fun, engaging opportunity to educate people about the importance of working smoke alarms. That's why we're encouraging as many fire departments as possible to team up with their local Domino's store and implement this easy-to-execute campaign in their communities.

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Here's how it works:

  • Call or visit your local Domino's store and ask the owner/manager to participate.
  • Select a day and time-period (usually two to three hours) to randomly choose one to three pizza orders to deliver aboard a fire engine. The participating Domino's delivery expert will follow the fire engine in his or her car.
  • When the pizza delivery arrives to the customer's home, firefighters will check the home for working smoke alarms. If the smoke alarms work, the customer's order is free (cost absorbed by the Domino's store). If the smoke alarms aren't working, the fire department will replace the batteries or install fully functioning alarms (cost absorbed by the fire department).

 

FPW in a Box image.pngFire departments that sign up to participate between July 21 and August 6 will be entered automatically into Domino's Fire Prevention Week Sweepstakes. Domino's will randomly select five winners to receive NFPA's "Fire Prevention Week in a Box 300," valued at $325. The package includes: a banner (super-sized 10' x 4'); posters (now two-sided, with one side in English and the other in Spanish); adult brochures; kids activity posters; stickers; magnets; Fire Prevention Week News; and goodie bags.

 

Sign Up to Participate!

Sparky holding Dominos pizza box.jpgIf your fire department plans to participate in this year's program, please email Danielle Bulger at dani.bulger@dominos.com. The winners will be announced approximately two weeks after the August 6 closing date. Good luck!

#35 - Kayak.jpgLearning to kayak was #35 on Sparky's birthday bucket list, and he got a chance to check it off last week! Kayaking was a lot of fun, good exercise, and the kayak was even yellow and red, Sparky's favorite colors! As a safety conscious dog, Sparky made sure to wear his personal flotation device while kayaking around the lake.

 

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 between his birthday and 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!

Grilling.JPGThis month, families will be cooking up lots of great BBQ dishes in honor of National Grilling Month. As I was reading a handful of articles about this "delicious and tasty" month, I came across a pres release from Business Wire titled, "Acosta Unveils 2016 Grilling Insights in Honor of National Grilling Month."

 

Acosta is a sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods industry, and in honor of National Grilling Month, the company has released new research about the grilling habits and preferences of U.S. shoppers. For instance, the study indicates that grilling goes beyond traditional summer barbecues, with 61 percent of respondents saying they venture outside the home and grill at places such as the beach, parks, ballgames and more. Here are some other interesting statistics:

 

* Seven in 10 shopper respondents plan to grill for Labor Day

* Sixty-nine percent of respondents grill eight or more months of the year

* Of the 61 percent of grillers who tailgate, 29 percent tailgate grill at a sports stadium or arena, while 40 percent grill at home for sporting events

 

Still, with all of this outdoor cooking activity amidst drought conditions, hot and humid weather, it's really important to keep fire safety in mind. NFPA has taken the guesswork out of grilling safely on the road by providing steps to help reduce your risk for injuries via a free and easily downloadable tips sheet. We also break down the steps of portable grilling fire safety from how to choose what site is safe for grilling and campfires to what to do with the charcoal ashes post party.

 

So what are you waiting for? If you're one of the hundreds of people who will be firing up the portable grill on the road this summer season, you won't want to miss these great safety tips. Got any great recipes you want to share? Let us know and we'll be sure to try them out.

 

Safe grilling everyone!

Pet Fire Safety Day.JPGWith the tagline, “Ever Wonder What Your Pets Do When You’re Not at Home?”, the newest animated film from Universal Studios comes to theaters at a perfect time to highlight National Pet Fire Safety Day on July 15.

 

Back in 2009, The American Kennel Club together with ADT Security Services established National Pet Fire Safety Day to raise awareness among pet owners of the fire hazards their cat, dog or other animal could pose at home, with the hope that many of these fires can be prevented.

 

According to reports, many fires are caused by pets, especially when are left alone in the house. NFPA’s latest numbers show that local fire departments responded to an average of 700 home structure fires per year in which animals, including pets and wild animals, contributed to the fire’s start. A few of the causes include:

  • Pets bumping into, turning on or knocking over cooking equipment, lamps, candles or space heaters
  • Birds, rodents or other animals building nests in chimneys,  or in or on top of equipment
  • Animals chewing on cords or wiring

 

As pet owners, we can take steps to help prevent fires and plan for unexpected emergencies. Important actions to consider are:

  • Keeping pets (who are naturally curious!) away from stoves and countertops where they can knock over, bump into or turn on cooking equipment
  • Using battery-operated, flameless candles that look just as nice as real candles but won’t catch fire if knocked over
  • Making sure pets stay away from lamps, spaceheaters and other heat-producing appliances
  • Keeping an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords; inspecting cords regularly and calling a professional if you notice a problem

 

It’s also important to know that in the event of a fire, you should never go back inside for your pets. Instead, tell firefighters that you have a pet trapped inside. They are better equipped and trained to handle these emergency situations.

 

And what if you live in the wildland/urban interface where forest and wildland fires are more prevalent? And your pets include other animals like horses and cows? Then you know that in the event of a wildfire you may have to quickly evacuate. Planning ahead, like including pets in your family’s evacuation plan and creating their own pet evacuation kit is key to helping you stay calm and organized during a stressful time. Not sure where to start? You can find a number of resources including videos, tips sheets and toolkits at www.nfpa.org/takeaction.

 

So if you’re a pet owner with a cat or dog or other animal that lives in the house with you, or you have animals that live on your farm, let today, July 15, be the day that moves you to action and motivates you to create and practice a plan that keeps every member of your family safer from fire.

#34 - Nunavut Canada.jpgSome of us may take for granted that during the daytime hours, we have light, and at night, when we go to sleep, it is dark. In some parts of the world, that is not always the case! For Sparky's 34th bucket list item, he traveled to one of these places; Nunavut, Canada. In the polar climate of Koojesse Inlet, the cold winters and short summers don't allow trees to grow! Around this time of year, there are 20 hours of daylight, but in December, there are only 4 hours of light a day! Sunrise was at 2:20am last week when this photo was taken, can you imagine?!

 

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 between his birthday and 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!

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It will be an evening chock full of information on fire prevention and public education at
the Alabama Fire Safety Summit Night School on July 26th. NFPA's Public Education Division

Manager Judy Comoletti, Regional Education Specialist Kelly Ransdell, and  Southern Regional

Director Randy Safer are among the presenters. Attendees will learn about stocking their toolkits

with items from this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, the Fire Sprinkler Initiative,

smoke alarm installation and canvassing techniques and carbon monoxide safety.

 

The program is being held at the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa and is sponsored in
partnership with State Farm Insurance, Alabama Fire College, NFPA, U.S. Consumer

Product Safety Commission, Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office, and Kidde Fire Safety.

 

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Members of the Carrsville Volunteer Fire Department of Carrsville, Virginia, took a moment
to pose recently with the plaque the department received for being awarded the
Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant for its project, “Carrsville
Loves Older Adults: Remembering When There’s Love There’s A Smoke Alarm.” The
purpose is to educate older adults in the Carrsville area of Isle of Wight County with a

fire and fall prevention program based on NFPA’s Remembering When™, as well as install

smoke alarms in homes of older adults.

 

In addition to the plaque, the fire department received a grant of $5,000 to support the
project. T
he grant is presented annually to a local fire department to support a fire and life safety
education community-wide program or campaign.

 

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Fire Prevention Week 2016 marks the 14th year in a row that Hilton Head Island Fire

Rescue’s Fire and Life Safety Educator Cinda Seamon has gone to the FPW website

to download the sample proclamation for the mayor’s signature. She says she couldn’t

imagine handling this task any other way.

 

“NFPA has the good information I need. The wording is good,” she says. “Why reinvent the
wheel?”

 

Each year she downloads the proclamation and submits it to the mayor’s office. A presentation

by Mayor David Bennett with the framed proclamation is scheduled for the  October 4th town

council meeting. Proclamation signing ceremonies are a great photo opportunity  for the media

and provide valuable exposure for fire departments. “The mayor will read it at the meeting and

proclaim Fire Prevention Week. A lot of our crews will come up and accept it,” Cinda says.

 

The FPW website offers numerous ways to promote this year’s campaign, including a press release,

Facebook and Twitter messages, a letter to the editor, videos, and community outreach ideas.

 

Cinda says the town council meeting should be well attended, reminding dozens of residents
of this year’s theme: “Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

 

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