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Campus Fire Safety State House Event.JPGMassachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito declared September Campus Fire Safety Month at an event held today at the State House. Lieutenant Governor Polito joined fire safety advocates and building officials in their call for greater awareness of the risks in off-campus housing where all five campus-related fire deaths have occurred over the past decade. Apartments with no working smoke alarms, no carbon monoxide alarms and only one means of escape pose the greatest threat to students.

 

"Massachusetts is the home away from home to thousands of college students, and many upper classmen live off-campus where potential dangers are much more common," said Lieutenant Governor Polito. "Every student has the right to safe housing and that includes working smoke alarms and two exit points in the event of an emergency."

 

To coincide with the signing of the proclamation, a public awareness campaign called, "Best Roommates Evah!" was launched and focuses on two aspects of fire safety regarding off-campus housing: the importance of having working smoke alarms and having two ways out of the house. And just as the name of our campaign suggests, we believe these two "roomies" (smoke alarms and having two means of egress) will truly be the best friends students could have, ever (or ‘evah’ as we say here in Boston), while at school! The campaign was developed by a group of Massachusetts fire chiefs, building officials, college safety officials and campus fire safety advocates.

 

According to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, 2,737 fires have occurred from 2011 to 2015 in student dormitories, fraternities and sororities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts alone. As a result of these fires, there were five civilian injuries, two fire service injuries, and an estimated $1 million in damages.

 

Learn more about this campaign and find information and resources you can share with students and others interested in college fire safety by visiting www.BestRoommatesEvah.org

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The National Volunteer Fire Council’s Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Award, sponsored by Tyco,

honors a junior firefighter program or Explorer Post that has demonstrated significant community impact, innovation, and creativity.

 

This year’s award was presented to Northwest Fire Explorer Post 1854, a youth-based organization chartered

by the Canal Fulton and Lawrence Township Fire Departments in Ohio through Learning for Life and Boy Scouts of America.

 

As part of the award, NFPA presented Explorer Post 1854 with Fire Prevention Week in a Box, which has hundreds of items, including the Fire Prevention Week Banner.

 

Nominees for the Junior Firefighter Program of the Year Award were judged on the following criteria:

 

  • Program has been in operation for at least one full year.
  • Program has demonstrated exemplary creativity and
    community impact.
  • Program is registered with the National Junior Firefighter
    Program.

 

The intent of the Northwest Fire Explorer Program is to allow the participants the opportunity to see what
being a firefighter is all about before committing to a career in the fire service. The program emphasizes volunteer work and community service. 

 

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Sparky traveled to Tupelo, Mississippi to visit the birthplace of Elvis Presley. He was born on January 8, 1935 to his parents Vernon and Gladys Presley. Elvis had a passion for music and often seen carrying a guitar around town with him. In September of 1957 he performed a benefit concert to raise money for a Youth Center and park for Tupelo. The money raised was used to purchase his birthplace and turned into a park for the children. The Elvis Presley Birthplace Park now consists of the, Birthplace, Museum, Chapel, Gift Shop, “Elvis at 13” statue, Fountain of Life, Walk of Life, “Memphis Bound” car feature and Story Wall.

 

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!

P1020566(1).JPGWhere did the summer go? For most of us, the month of August has just flown by! But here we are approaching Labor Day weekend and NFPA knows that many of you, like us, are getting ready for outdoor parties and lots of grilling!

 

As the host of the event, you want to make sure your guests are entertained, get plenty of good food to eat and enjoy the company of friends and family, right? Well, why not include fire safety in that list of priorities! Here are five key tips that will never steer you wrong when it comes to proper grill use:

 

  • Place your grill well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it
  • Never leave your grill unattended!
  • Keep children and pets, and anything that can burn like food wrappers, an oven mitt or towel, at least 3-feet away from open flames and the grill
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill

 

Want an easier way to remember these tips? Go ahead and download our free checklist and then place it right next to the list of groceries you'll need for the big event. Having the hard copy is a sure way you'll refer to it as you start preparing for your guests to arrive.

 

And if your Labor Day plans take you away from home, NFPA provides great information on portable grilling including tips and reminders about using charcoal and staying fire safe in places like campgrounds, at tailgating parties and other outdoor venues.

 

So wherever your plans take you the weekend of September 3, remember, fire safety is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your  guests. Let NFPA help you, and enjoy the holiday, everyone!

A weekend boating excursion took a bad turn when a man and woman had to be rushed to the hospital suffering from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. According to Delmarva Public Radio, the two suffered CO poisoning while boating near Havre de Grace, Maryland, on Sunday. A fire official saysMARINA AND BOATING TIP SHEET IMAGE.JPG
the couple alerted authorities after apparently inhaling too much exhaust from the boat’s engine.

 

One of two dogs on board was also treated. NFPA’s tip sheet on marina and boating safety outlines dangers in and around the water, including electrical and carbon monoxide hazards.

 

Other tip sheets are available on the theme of outdoor recreation, including campfires and grilling safety.

 

 

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According to the Red Cross, the historic flood that has devastated Louisiana in recent weeks is now considered the worst natural disaster to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy four years ago. And with scattered rain still affecting some parts of the state, others are getting the green light to return home and begin cleanup efforts.

 

generator.JPGIf authorities have told you it is okay to return to your house, it’s important to consider the dangers that may still exist even if they don’t seem obvious, including the risk of electrocution if your home still has water inside. NFPA electrical experts offer some key action steps you can take to help keep yourself and your family safer when returning home:

 

• Treat all downed wires as if they are live even if you don’t see any sparks, and especially if there is standing water nearby. Alert authorities immediately if you see downed wires in your area.

 

• If your home has experienced flooding, it’s important to keep your power off until a professional electrician has inspected your entire home for safety, including appliances. Have a qualified electrician determine what electrical equipment should be replaced, and what can be reconditioned.

 

• In the event that electricity may not be available to your home yet, generators are a viable option to power some of your small appliances. However, if used improperly they also pose a fire hazard, risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and electrocution. Run your generator away from your home and open windows; don't run the generator inside your garage, even if you keep the door open. NFPA’s safety tips sheet on portable generators takes you step-by-step to keep you safe. Find it at www.nfpa.org/generators.

 

As people slowly start the process of getting their lives back to normal in Louisiana, NFPA reminds everyone to stay connected to authorities as they will have the latest information on safety conditions in the affected areas. For additional information on electrical safety in your home, please visit NFPA’s website.

august.JPGThe August issue Safety Source. NFPA's public education newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find:

  • Back to school safety for college students
  • New safety tip sheet on marina and boating safety
  • Details on upcoming Fire Prevention Week webinar
  • Tips on how to check out your car before any long holiday weekend roadtrips
  • And more!

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!

 

Choosing items for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign just got easier thanks to Sparky the Fire Dog. Never one to shy away from the camera, Sparky takes center stage in a new video in which he highlights must-haves, including Fire Prevention Week in a Box, the Fire Safety Sports Box, Sparky’s Coloring Book and

Sparky’s Activity Book.

 

The quick, but information-packed video uses movement and zoom shots throughout, offering a one-of-its-kind close-up view for visual inspection of items.

 

Sparky also highlights how the NFPA website has been reorganized to make finding tools and resources easier.

 

 

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Sparky traveled to Boston where he got to spend the day in the historic Faneuil Hall. The building itself was built in 1742, and is where they originally held town meetings for the people of Boston. The famed "Golden Grasshopper" weathervane was placed atop Faneuil Hall. In 1761, a fire at Faneuil Hall damaged the grasshopper weathervane. Thomas Drowne, a blacksmith and the son of the grasshopper's creator, repaired the weathervane and inserted a "time capsule" in its stomach. The capsule, which is engraved "Food for the Grasshopper," includes historical newspapers, coins, and messages from mayors that have been added as the grasshopper has been periodically refurbished

 

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!

Community-wide events are at the core of Fire Prevention Week activities in Springfield, Massachusetts.

“When people see the banners and the materials we give out, we always get a big crowd,” saysFPW in a Box.png
Springfield Fire Department Fire Inspector/Fire and Life Safety Educator Willie Spears.

 

He says  that Fire Prevention Week in a Box, along with the Sparky® Fire Hats and a few other items  offer  what the department needs for school libraries, community centers, senior centers, and the local mall.

 

“They are really effective in getting the community’s attention,” he adds.

 

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electricalsafetytips(1).jpgTwo cats are dead in the aftermath of a fire at a townhouse this week in Edgewood, Maryland.
According to WBFF-TV, the electrical fire caused $80,000 in structural damage, and $20,000 in content lost. The home’s smoke alarm system was working.

 

Officials say the owner was outdoors doing yardwork when he saw the home on fire. Fire crews worked for 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

 

U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home
structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction from 2007-2011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, 1,518 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in direct property damage.

 

NFPA’s electrical safety information, the Electrical Safety tip sheet, and the community toolkit
on electrical safety
provide preventive measures to take to reduce the possibility of a home electrical fire.

 

 

 

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Lively music, food, and games are planned this October for the annual “Party in the Park”
in Thomasville, North Carolina. Along with the fun, there will be a focus on family health and

safety. The event is hosted by the city’s recreation department.

 

Thomasville Fire Department Division Chief of Fire and Life Safety Dolly Hulin says the Fire

Prevention Week Fire Safety Sports Box, with neat stuff for kids–soft slap bracelets, temporary

Sparky the Fire Dog® tattoos, team up for fire safety flag and other items–should be a big hit.

 

Thomasville’s “Party in the Park” is but one of several activities in which Fire Prevention Week

materials will be distributed.

 

 

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Sparky took a trip to go see the Eiffel Tower! The real Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 for the World’s Fair to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Republic. It took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days to complete. Obviously, Sparky wasn’t able to see the real version of the Tower, and though he wishes that someday he will see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, he did see the Las Vegas version this time around, which is also pretty impressive!

 

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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A push for fire safety in New York City is being renewed following recent fires caused by children. According to WABC-TV, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro is conducting a safety event today in Ozone Park, Queens.

Nigro will urge parents and guardians of young children to take immediate action by educating them about the dangers of fire.

 

The move follows three major fires in the city over the past two weeks that were caused by children. Dozens of Young Firesetters Tip sheet.JPGpeople were injured and nearly 100 displaced. Nigro is also urging parents who have children that have demonstrated an unhealthy curiosity for fire to reach out to the FDNY's Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Program. Specially trained FDNY fire marshals evaluate and educate children up to the age of 12 who have engaged in fire play.

 

Children who play with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries each year. The Young Firesetters page on the NFPA website and the Young Firesetters tip sheet offer parents and caregivers steps for keeping fire out of the hands of children.

 

 

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NFPA’s 2017 Conference and Expo will be held in Boston June 4-7. We are looking for dynamic speakers

who will inspire an audience of fire and life safety educators. We invite you to submit a proposal for the public education track of educational sessions. All proposals will be reviewed for quality, usefulness of information,

and potential to attract and engage conference attendees.We are interested in proposals that

  • demonstrate unique fire service/community partnerships
  • introduce creative and up-to-date strategies to reach high-risk or unique audiences
  • address common challenges or experiences in the field with a fresh approach
  • provide cutting edge solutions to existing problems

Don't delay! Applications must be received by Monday, September 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm ET.

 

 

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#44 - Idaho Potato Museum.jpgSparky took a trip Idaho and visited Idaho Potato Museum “The Potato Capital of the World”. Fun fact the world’s largest potato chip crisp was produced by the Pringles Company in Jackson, TN, in 1990. It measures 23”x 14.5” and is being displayed at the museum. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest potato grown was 7 pounds 1 ounce by J. East and J. Busby of Great Britain.

 

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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The five winners of Domino's Fire Prevention Week sweepstakes have been announced!

 

Between July 21 and August 6, fire departments that signed up to participate in Domino's Fire Prevention Week campaign this October were automatically entered into a drawing; five were randomly selected to win NFPA's "FPW in a Box 300" package. Here are the winners:

 

Pocatello Fire Department

Pocatello, ID

Attn: Kim Stouse

 

Mehlville Fire Protection District

St. Louis, MO

Attn: Kevin Reis

 

Kenedy Volunteer Fire Department

Kenedy, TX

Attn: Austin Bryan

 

CC Camp Volunteer Fire Department

Elkin, NC

Attn: Jonathan Young

 

Surf City Fire Department

Surf City, NC

Attn: Timothy VanPelt

 

Congratulations to all of you, and best of luck implementing Fire Prevention Week your communities this October!

 

While the sweepstakes is over, fire departments can still sign up to participate in Domino's program. Please contact Danielle Bulger to get started and for more information.

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It looks to be a "banner year" for the St. Louis Fire Department in terms of Fire Prevention Week activities.

The department has purchased eight FPW banners–one for each fire district, city hall, and fire department headquarters.

 

In addition to seeing the FPW theme–Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10

Years–displayed on public buildings, St. Louis residents and visitors will learn about the importance of this safety

message through the FPW brochure, posters, stickers, magnets, and other materials the department has

purchased as part of FPW in a Box. Firefighters plan to visit schools and community events.

 

St. Louis Fire Department Battalion Chief Derrick Phillips, says FPW in a Box is his go-to source for making the

observance a success. “We don’t have to create anything new,” he said. “We started using FPW in a Box nine
years ago. All we have to do is place the order and then get to work distributing the materials and talking at schools

and community events about safety.”

 

Battalion Chief Phillips said the St. Louis Fire Department has too much outreach planned for just one week. Fire Prevention Week is a month-long observance.

 

 

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Sparky travels to Florida to tour the Everglades National Park in efforts to find some alligators. The Everglades is a two million acre wetland ecosystem that reaches from central Florida, near Orlando, all the way south to Florida Bay. Alligators live in burrowed out dens and primarily inhabit freshwater swamps. They can be found in rivers, lakes and small bodies of water.

 

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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September is National Preparedness Month, a time when we are reminded to take action to
prepare for emergencies that can happen at any time where we work, live, and visit. The

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is continuing its theme from last year:

Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today” with the emphasis once again

on preparedness for young people, older adults, people with disabilities and others with access

needs. FEMA’s toolkit includes weekly themes, graphics, videos and related links.

 

In addition, NFPA’s community toolkit on preparedness, Get Ready! Preparing Your Community
for a Disaster, includes information in English and Spanish on preparedness for older adults and

people with disabilities. There are also fact sheets on blackouts, thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes,

wildfires, winter storms and other topics.

 

The toolkit includes a presenter’s guide, PowerPoint presentation, and poster. All materials are

designed to give firefighters and other first responders the tools they need to help local residents

prepare for emergencies.

 

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Falkland Fire Department in Falkland, North Carolina, will have plenty of Fire Prevention Week material to distribute, thanks to the outcome of a friendly competition.

 

Chief William Proctor entered his department in a drawing for Fire Prevention Week in a Box recently at the North Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition exhibit at the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo in Charlotte. (He’s pictured above with Jan Parker, Fire and Injury Prevention Specialist at North Carolina Department of Insurance, and Stetson Sessions who drew winning entry.)

 

In addition to conducting the drawing, and building awareness about the benefits of home fire sprinklers, North Carolina Fire Sprinkler Coalition displayed Fire Prevention Week materials and directed educators to Sparky School House.

 

 

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#42 - Charlotte Motor Speedway.jpgSparky took a trip to the Charlotte Motor Speedway located in Concord, North Carolina. In 1992 it became the first modern superspeedway to host night racing. Fun fact about the Charlotte Motor Speedway (according to the Guinness World Records) - in 2011 it unveiled the world’s largest HDTV at a sports venue, spanning nearly 16,000 square feet of viewing pleasure for fans.

 

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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A fire and explosion recently in the French city of Rouen was caused by someone carrying a birthday cake with lit candles. According to USA Today, police say the person tripped and fell on stairs leading to a basement bar. Soundproofing material on the ceiling of the basement of the Cuba Libre bar caught on fire from the candles and emitted toxic gas.

Most of the people who died were killed by the gas. Six others were hurt. One was in a critical condition.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said more than 50 firefighters were called to the fire. An inquiry is underway.

NFPA’s candle information web page as well as the Candle Safety and Religious Candle Safety tip sheets outline precautions that should be taken when using candles.

 

 

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There is new leadership for the NFPA Urban Fire and Life Safety Task Force. During the second day of its two-day meeting in Boston this week, the Task Force elected Lt. Larry Gray, Cleveland Fire Department, as vice chair (right), and Shelley Steele, community safety officer for Calgary Fire Department, as strategic recorder.

The two join Derrick Sawyer, deputy chief of the Philadelphia Fire Department, in providing leadership for the Task Force. Made up of representatives of large urban fire departments, the Task Force is refining plans for its next project to assist urban fire departments in implementing community risk reduction programs.

 

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The NFPA Urban Fire and Life Safety Task Force is meeting in Boston.The Task Force comprises representatives from large, urban fire departments whose roles encompass Community Risk Reduction. Members of the task force fill a variety of fire department roles including chief officers, fire and life safety educators, community relations officers, and data experts. Each year, task force members work on specific projects designed to assist urban fire departments across the globe implement strategic Community Risk Reduction programs.

 

Today, Task Force Chair Derrick Sawyer, deputy chief of the Philadelphia Fire Department and Derrick Phillips, battalion chief for the St. Louis Fire Department gave and overview of the Task Force white paper project: Community Risk Reduction: Doing More with More, which was the topic of an education session at NFPA Conference this past June in Las Vegas.

 

In addition, the Task Force is discussing the use of predictive analytics on community risk reduction and reducing risks among immigrant and refugee populations. The meeting concludes tomorrow.

 

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The distribution center of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council in Brockville, Ontario, is a busy place these days as staff assemble 2016 Fire Prevention Week kits. Ryan Wilson and Johnny Coligan are organizing packages of posters, banners, the kid’s activity poster, stickers, Sparky’s® Coloring and Activity Book, and brochures. Most items are part of FPW in a Box. The materials will be shipped to fire departments across Canada.

 

 

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Sparky took a trip to Whitehorse, the capital of and largest city of Yukon in Canada. It is actually also the largest city in all of northern Canada. The city was named after the White Horse Rapids for their resemblance to the mane of a white horse. Fun fact about this location, and an extra good reason to visit, Whitehorse (according to the Guinness World Records) is the city with the least air pollution in the world!

 

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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Sparky Fire Hats were a big hit in Worcester, Massachusetts, at the city’s 21st
Annual National Night Out held on August 2. Worcester residents who participated
were asked to lock their doors, turn on their outdoor lights and spend the evening with neighbors, police, and other officials.

 

Lieutenant Annmarie Pickett (right), public education officer for the Worcester Fire Department and NFPA’s 2015 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year oversaw a table of fire safety materials and said that she handed out 300 Fire Prevention Week goodie bags filled with Fire Prevention Week in a Box items.

 

She said that kids were thrilled when she wrote their names on fire hats for them in the space provided on the hats for personalization.

 

The national event is in its 33rd year with the National Association of Town Watch.

 

 

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Boating offers great opportunities for spending time with family and friends and is an
avenue for enjoying time outdoors in nature and in pursuit of water sports. But boaters,

swimmers, and marina staff must be aware of dangers in and around the water. NFPA’s

new tip sheet on Marina and Boating Safety outlines electrical hazards and carbon monoxide

risks unique to the boating world. This is but the latest tip sheet on outdoor safety. NFPA also

has tip sheets on campfires, grilling, lightning, and wildland fire safety and other outdoor topics.

 

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Who doesn't want to be in a pontoon boat parade??! Sparky got a chance to do so recently to complete bucket list #39 while up in Beaver Lake, New Hampshire. The pontoon was even outfitted with Beaver Lake Fire Department gear for the parade, and Sparky stayed extra safe by wearing his life jacket!

 

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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First published in 1941, Make way for Ducklings is a book that tells the story of a pair of mallards who decide to raise their family on an island in the lagoon in Boston Public Garden, a park in the center of Boston. The book's popularity led to the construction of a statue by Nancy Schön in the Public Garden of the mother duck and her eight ducklings, which is a popular destination for children and adults alike. The book is also the official children's book of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 

Sparky visited the statue to complete #38 on his bucket list, and had a great time!

 

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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In front of an audience of millions, during mass while visiting Poland’s holiest site, Pope Francis

stumbled at the altar and had to be helped to his feet. This happened during mass at  Poland’s

Jasna Gora Monastery in the southern city of Czestochowa ahead of a trip by tram to  meet pilgrims

from around the world.

 

According to the Daily Mail, The 79-year-old Pontiff fell to the floor close to the altar at the monastery

and had to be helped to his feet by priests who rushed to his aid. Walking in his long robe, with an incense holder in his hand, the Pontiff did not notice a step down from the platform and fell.

 

We know that the kind of fall the pope took is not all that unusual. NFPA’s Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, includes statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that show that 30 percent of people age 65 and older are involved in falls each year.

 

The pope was fine and carried on without any glitches, as he has done on other occasions when he has fallen.

 

Unfortunately some falls are fatal or permanently disabling. To address these concerns and the increased

risk of fire among older adults, Remembering When centers on 16 key fire and fall safety messages fire

and life safety educators and others can use when making presentations to older adults to help them live independently in their homes as long as possible. And for those interested in training on the program, applications for the 2016 Remembering When Scholarship Conference will be accepted until August 15th.

 

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