Skip navigation
All Places > Safety Source > Blog > 2016 > September > 19

Safety Source

September 19, 2016 Previous day Next day

#53 - Vietnam Memorial Wall.jpg

Sparky took a trip to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall that’s pays tribute to the brave people who were either killed or missing in action during the war. The real Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is located in Washington, D.C. If you can’t make it to D.C. though – like Sparky, you can see the mobile Veterans Memorial Moving Wall. The mobile moving wall has traveled across the country for over thirty years.

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 four-alarm fire in August that ripped through a house in the Allston neighborhood of Boston

is a timely reminder of the importance of fire safety, says Boston Fire Department spokesperson

Steve MacDonald.  According to BU Today, the news and information website of Boston University,

MacDonald inspected the building after the fire, and says he didn’t see the number of smoke alarms

required by the city.  He urges all students living in, or moving into, an apartment to report anything

that looks unsafe by calling the mayor’s hotline.

 

While no one was injured in last month’s blaze, it left 11 residents homeless. Boston has a tragic history

of fires in off-campus student housing.

 

In an effort tCampus Fire Safety.pngo increase public awareness, NFPA has partnered with local fire chiefs,

building officials, and campus fire safety advocates on a campaign focusing on the importance of having working smoke alarms and two ways out called "Best Roomates

Evah!" The campaign made its debut at an event at the Massachusetts state house last month when Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito declared September Campus Fire Safety Month.

 

Messages about the campaign have been posted on Massachusetts highways. The campaign focuses on

two aspects of fire safety relating to off-campus housing–the importance of  having working smoke alarms

and having two ways out of the house.

 

In addition, NFPA has put together an online quiz/sweepstakes called “What Kind of Cook Are You in the Kitchen?” designed to raise awareness about the dangers of cooking fires among college-age students.

 

 

 

We want to hear from you! It's easy to comment on posts: just look for the log in link above to log in or register

for your free account on Xchange. Xchange is more than a blog; it's an online community that connects
you with peers worldwide and directly with NFPA staff. Get involved today!

Unless you are still one of the rare exceptions to the rule, having no Facebook page, and maybe even still using a flip-phone, you have not escaped being "challenged" to do something within 24 hours for a good cause.  Whether it was helping ALS, your marriage, your friendships, or even being witness to the extremely dangerous "fire challenge" that plagued our virtual worlds for a short time, we are all familiar with the concept of the "challenge".

 

Over the weekend, one of my FB buddies took a moment to re-post a memory from a few years ago and before I knew it, I was wrangled into yet another challenge.  But this one, in my opinion, is worth passing along! The "Smoke Alarm Challenge" asks that you take the time to test your smoke alarms, and most importantly post it and challenge a few of your 1000 closest FB friends.  Freshen it up this year by also challenging your friends to check the date on their smoke alarms or by using the NFPA Fire Prevention Week infographic!

 

2016_950x180_lo.jpg

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”

 

Pass it along.  Let's go viral!

French Infographic.JPG

An infographic can help simplify a subject matter or turn a campaign or program
into a captivating experience.  The infographics provided in this year’s Fire Prevention
Week fpw2016infographic.jpg

campaign meet both tasks.

 

Reach a broad audience and keep them interested in this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years"–by using the infographic on your website, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms.

 

In addition to English, the infographic is now also available in French.

 

 

We want to hear from you! It's easy to comment on posts: just look for the log in link above

to log in or register for your free account on Xchange. Xchange is more than a blog; it's an online

community that connects you with peers worldwide and directly with NFPA staff. Get involved today!

People with Disabilities.JPG

September is National Preparedness Month, which reminds us that we all must take action to
prepare–now and throughout the year–for the types of emergencies that could affect us where

we live, work and visit. Each week of September has a theme. This week’s theme, “Individual

Preparedness,” focuses on the actions individuals can take to be prepared for emergencies,

including being aware of specific needs they may have in an emergency, and considering

individuals with disabilities or access and functional needs.

 

NFPA’s community toolkit, Get Ready! Preparing Your Community for a Disaster, includes

emergency preparedness handouts for older adults and people with disabilities. It also
includes an emergency supplies kit handout that is a check-off list of items needed in the event

of a disaster. All of these materials are available in English and Spanish.

 

The Get Ready! Toolkit provides a library of material on emergency preparedness firefighters
and other first responders can use to reach out to members of the community. Individuals can

access these items as well.

 

 

 

We want to hear from you! It's easy to comment on posts: just look for the log in link above to log in or register for your free account
on Xchange. Xchange is more than a blog; it's an online community that connects
you with peers worldwide and directly with NFPA staff. Get involved today!

Filter Blog

By date: By tag: