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

• Buckle up and hang on tight as a new video takes you on a thrill ride beginning in the early years of firefighting and ending somewhere in the future.
• “We’re ready for our close-up!” That’s what members of one fire department are saying now that they’ve been chosen for the cover of the 2017 Fire Prevention Week catalog.
• Ever carved a pumpkin to look like our favorite Dalmatian? Make your very own Sparky-o’-lantern using Sparky’s Pumpkin Template and pick up some Halloween safety tips while you’re at it.

 

And there’s much, much more.

 

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Just in time for Halloween, NFPA Public Education Division Regional Education Specialist Jeff Donahue has carved a jack-o’-lantern in the outline of Sparky the Fire Dog®. The Halloween Pumpkin Template, on the activities page of  sparky.org, instructs kids–young and old–on carving a pumpkin into a “Sparky-o’-lantern.” Jeff says the task was fun and simple using the easy-to-follow directions. Once he was done creating his masterpiece, he fitted it with a battery operated candle and placed it on his porch. The glowing Sparky is sure to attract trick-or-treaters from all around.

 

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Sparky couldn’t have traveled to Washington D.C., without stopping by the Washington Monument before he left. Being one of the most visited tourist attractions, the Washington Monument is located between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. Fun fact about the Washington Monument is that it serves an awe-inspiring reminder of George Washington’s greatness as he rallied the thirteen colonies to become our nation’s first president. The Monument stands 555 feet, 5-1/8 inches.

 

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!

One smoke alarm is checking the back of another smoke alarm and jotting down the date of manufacture

NFPA offers a wealth of free resources to help you educate your community and families about the importance of working smoke alarms. The latest are memes that can be posted on social media to remind everyone to check the date on their smoke alarms, know what to do when the alarm chirps, dispose of alarms after 10 years, test them monthly and know where to install them.

 

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Wood and Pellet Stove Safety tip sheet

The temperature is dipping. Space heaters are being turned on. Fireplaces and wood stoves are being fired up. While these household devices make our homes comfortable and cozy, there’s the potential for danger. It’s important to keep in mind that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Have a qualified professional install stoves, chimney connectors, and chimneys.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from the home.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best protection, interconnect the CO alarms. When one sounds they all sound.

The Heating Safety and Wood & Pellet Stove Safety tip sheets provide additional safeguards.

 

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Sparky traveled to Washington D.C., visiting our nation’s capitol. Fun fact: our nation’s capitol was founded and established by the Constitution of the United States on July, 16 1790. Because it’s a huge tourist attraction there are many activities to participate while you are visiting Washington D.C. including, free museums, memorials sites and monuments dedicated to great American leaders. This time, Sparky took a trip over to the iconic Capitol Building, the home of the United States Congress. Though not at the geographic center of the Federal District, the Capitol forms the origin point for the District's street-numbering system and the District's four quadrants!

 

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!

UL’s “Close Your Door” pledge aims to increase awareness of a new preventive measure that helps increase fire victim survivability. A news release issued this week states that after a decade, UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute found that a simple behavioral change–closing your bedroom door–could have a potentially life-saving impact. A room with an open door showed temperatures over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, while a room with a closed door had temperatures at only 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Research also showed that a closed door kept room conditions survivable longer than an open door.

Cover of Educational Messages DocumentEarlier this year, the NFPA Educational Messages Advisory Committee modified its messaging around sleeping with the door closed. The updated messaging states: “A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. For the best protection, make sure all smoke alarms are interconnected. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.” New research shows that fires burn faster today as a result of the way newer homes are built and the contents in the homes. This led to a reexamination of safety messaging around sleeping with the doors closed.

 

 

 

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Congratulations to the Kirkville Fire Company, a volunteer fire department in Kirkville, NY - they're the winners of our first-ever "Get Ready for Your Close-Up" catalog contest! Along with being featured on the cover of next year's Fire Prevention Week catalog, photos and stories highlighting the Kirville Fire Company's year-round efforts will be included throughout. The catalog will be distributed to fire departments, safety advocates educators and other groups nationwide in May 2017. So get ready for your close-up, Kirville Fire Company!

 

Also, a tremendous thanks to First Alert, which is actively supporting the contest by donating 500 smoke alarms to the department.

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While hundreds of emergency workers were recently at the North Carolina Emergency Operations Center dealing with Hurricane Matthew’s destruction, they were reminded to make sure their homes were safe from fire. Fire Prevention Specialist Jan Parker, with the North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshal and member of the NFPA Public Education Network reminded her emergency partners to check the date on their smoke alarms and replace them every 10 years.

She made sure that Fire Prevention Week materials and other safety information were placed in the emergency management center break room. “I was pleased that many of the busy emergency workers took time to talk about important fire safety messages and how to improve fire safety in their own homes,” Parker said.

 

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Sparky the Fire Dog® provides plenty of activities to help launch into a talk about Halloween safety or just allow kids to have some fun. The Sparky Be-safe Halloween coloring sheet combines fun and education with its precautions about costumes, candy, and flashlights. The Halloween Fun printable (above) is a jack-o’-lantern matching game. Kids match up jolly pumpkin pairs. If done correctly, one pumpkin is left by itself. The Halloween pumpkin template instructs kids on carving a pumpkin into a “Sparky-o’-lantern, using easy-to-follow instructions. All of the sheets can be found at Sparky.org.

 

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Tip Sheet Image.JPGEvery year Halloween brings out excited children dressed in costumes running door-to-door to trick-or-treat as well as adults who dress up and head out to parties or make their own rounds through the neighborhood to porchpumpkins.jpgacquire a sack full of candy. Homes inside and out are adorned with festive decorations, glowing jack-o-lanterns, and paper ghosts. Dried cornstalks bedeck front porches and walkways. Unfortunately, these Halloween traditions can also present fire risks that have the potential to become dangerous. But by planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween a safe one. The Halloween Safety page on the NFPA website is the gateway to a library of simple precautions, safety tips, videos, and educational materials for trick-or-treaters of all ages.

  • The Halloween Safety tip sheet includes fire safety precautions, such as making
    sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant.
  • The Candle Safety tip sheet includes the precaution to consider using flameless
    candles, which look and smell like real candles.
  • The Halloween Safety Tips for Children video offers a number of tips for preventing
    fires.

All of these tools can help to keep the holiday both safe and fun.

 

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Sparky website image.jpgSparky.org is sporting a new look and now it’s easier than ever to gain access to all of Sparky’s® favorite activities. All games, apps, videos, and activities are in one place. The new YouTube channel is the place to go for all of the NFPA Kids videos.


On the parent page you can connect with social media and access a
library of parent resources, including Sparky E-Cards, safety tip sheets, home escape planning tools and a fire inspection checklist. The educator page leads the way to Sparky School House.

 

The fresh, newly branded site is easy to navigate and easier to navigate across multiple platforms–mobile devices, laptops, and desktops.

 

 

 

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Sparky didn’t have to do much traveling today to cross bucket list item #61 off his list! NFPA’s National Electrical Code is adopted in all 50 states, and is the benchmark for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to protect people and property from electrical hazards. Since everyone in the U.S. must follow the NEC, Sparky hopes everyone has read it, and looked to set a good example by reading the brand new 2017 edition cover to cover! (P.S. if you aren’t quite as up to date as Sparky, you can grab your copy of the 2017 edition too.)

 

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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Fire Prevention Week is off to a great start at Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One, in Gig Harbor, Washington. FPW began with a scarecrow display at the annual Scarecrow Festival early this month. Using this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme,

“Don't Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” the department created a display of pumpkin-head

family members in their dining room with dad checking the smoke alarm, mom checking the back of the smoke alarm and

Gig Harbor 4.jpgjunior making a fire escape plan. The arm of dad scarecrow actually moves and when it Gig Harbor 2.pngreaches the smoke alarm, the smoke alarm sounds. More than 500 people attended the festival and spoke with officials about  fire safety. Sparky the Fire Dog® was on hand to greet the kids. Throughout October, members of Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One will visit preschools and day care facilities that have been teaching the students about fire safety using the NFPA Learn Not to Burn Preschool® Program. Prevention Specialist Nanette Tatom says the kids love learning about fire safety and how firefighters are community helpers. On October 10, the department teamed up with Domino's to deliver fire safety messages and pizza. Tatom states that 100 percent of the homes visited had smoke alarms older than 10 years old  and 25 percent of the homes had smoke alarms that didn’t sound when the alarm was tested because the alarms had no batteries. FPW continues with a reading at a local library of No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids and a tour of a fire engine.

 

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Each year during Fire Prevention Week, fire departments and county fire marshal offices get a boost because WTVD11 and Kidde Fire Safety team up to donate smoke alarms as part of the Operation Save a Life Initiative.  Today marked the 13th year of the donations to counties across NC and in spite of the flooding and aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, today's event highlighted how partnerships can prevent home fires. NFPA along with the UNC Burn Center are committed to educating fire departments and families on the importance of working smoke alarms. This years theme highlights the need to know the age of your alarms.  Don't Wait: Check the date?  Replace smoke alarms every 10 years is a catchy way to ask everyone you know if they know the age of their smoke alarms. While vintage is good with some things, that is not the case with smoke alarms.  Now we can check smoke alarms off the list and get out there to install them!RM SPARKY.jpg For more information on how to install and maintain smoke alarms visit Smoke Alarm Central.

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Sparky visits the Boston Fire Department where he was able to ride on the fire boat called Marine 1. The Marine 1 fire boat joined the Boston Fire Department in 2011, replacing fire boat Firefighter. Sparky is lucky to live near a fire department that has a need for, and has a fire boat – to give him chance to test his sea legs and experience a different fire service apparatus!

 

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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If this Saturday’s open house is anything like last week’s, the Westminster Fire Department,
Westminster, Colorado, can anticipate a full house. According to fire department Public

Education  Officer and current NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Sherrie

Leeka–pictured holding  the Fire Prevention Week proclamation–between 250 and 300 people

showed up at last week’s event.

 

To get prepared for all of the FPW festivities, the department purchased FPW in a Box for 500.

Fire Prevention Week News and other items are included in goodie bags for members of the

community to take home.

 

 

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Did you know that firefighters used their beards as air filtration devices? Or that long ago they competed for the right to fight a fire? “Firefighting’s Weird History and Fascinating Future,” the newest video on Sparky School House, includes these strange legends, along with current practices and anticipated future firefighting techniques.

 

The video chronicles the use of modern tools, such as GPS and thermal imaging, and describes the place of drones and robotics in the future.

 

A companion piece to the video is a downloadable standards-aligned classroom lesson plan for grades 2 to 5 that includes an informational text and related discussion questions.

 

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P.J. Miller (left), Fire Corp Volunteer for the Goodyear Fire Department, in Goodyear, Arizona, is always happy to stuff Fire Prevention Week (FPW) goodie bags for residents. With the department’s purchase of FPW in a Box this year she has all the supplies she needs to get the job done.

 

The bags filled with FPW materials will serve as educational giveaways at a number of events including the dinner with the fire chief, station tours, and open houses.

 

Department officials say that the best thing about FPW products is that they last long after the week’s activities and can be used to educate the public all year long.

 

 

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mewsa.jpgEach weekend at our house, these days, includes a home project since our home just turned 10 years old.  After a decade, we have replaced an ice maker, our carpet is showing wear after two small kids but the one item that was always on my mind was our smoke alarms.  Thanks to all the new technology we opted for smoke alarms that are interconnected with lithium battery backup so no more late night battery chirps.  After we installed our smoke alarms this weekend and I put the kids to bed, I walked around the house and admired our new smoke alarms and gave a sigh of relief.  As we enter Fire Prevention Week, take the time to check the date on your smoke alarms. Our Fire Prevention Week site gives you all the information to check your alarms and make sure your family is safe.  Let’s make sure our homes are safe as we help keep all homes safe from fire.mikesmokealarm.jpg

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NFPA and The Center for Campus Fire Safety (The Center) are pleased to announce the winners of the “What Kind of Cook are You in the Kitchen” Quiz/Sweepstakes! They are:

 

Robyn Tyman, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Christina Urban, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey

 

Congratulations, Robyn and Christina!

 

The Quiz, which ran September 1 – 30 in conjunction with Campus Fire Safety Month, targeted students currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning and was created to help raise awareness of cooking fires in on- and off-campus properties. More than 3,300 students took the quiz, which proved a great way to help students recognize unsafe cooking practices and learn appropriate ways to cook meals that will reduce the risk for injury and damage caused by fire. To participate, students answered an online, interactive eight-question quiz then entered their name and school information into a sweepstakes to win one of two $500 AmEx cards.

 

In addition to the student winners above, NFPA and The Center are also giving a huge shout out to Montclair State University’s Director of Fire Safety, Robert Ferrara. Nearly 950 Montclair students took the quiz, and Mr. Ferrara’s outstanding efforts to promote the campaign and raise the level of fire safety awareness on campus is truly inspiring. To thank Mr. Ferrara for all of his hard work, our partner, Domino’s, is sponsoring a free pizza party for him and 50 of his closest friends! Thanks Montclair State University and Mr. Ferrara for being a great champion of campus fire safety!

 

Thanks to all the students and campus safety professionals across the country for making our Campus Fire Safety Quiz such a success! And remember, fire safety is more than just a month of activities and events. Get additional tips, checklists, videos and more to promote throughout the school year by going to www.campusfiresafety.org and www.nfpa.org/campus.

 

Together, we can make our campuses fire safe!

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The President of the United States has proclaimed October 9 through October 15, 2016, as Fire Prevention Week. On Sunday, October 9, the United States flag was flown at half staff at all federal office buildings in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. President Barack Obama is calling on all Americans to participate in Fire Prevention Week with appropriate programs and activities by renewing their
efforts to prevent fires and their tragic consequences.

 

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In support of Fire Prevention Week, and at the request of the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal, Governor Kate Brown has proclaimed October as Oregon Fire Prevention Month. Oregon supports the theme, “Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” and officials used the Fire Prevention Week sample proclamation to craft Oregon’s document.

 

“Smoke alarms are your first line of defense against deadly fire, but they can’t protect you if they don’t work,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “Walker is pictured above with Fire and Life Safety Education Manager Claire McGrew holding the signed proclamation. "Smoke alarms don’t last forever. If your alarm is more than 10 years old, replace it.”

 

In the five-year period from 2011 through 2015 in Oregon, home fires killed 143, and injured
another 980. 

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Sparky traveled to Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan to watch the Treaty 4 Gathering/Pow Wow. While he was there, Sparky met over 200 new people whom he interacted with and took photos. Sparky watched the Pow Wow dancer’s demonstration and enjoyed every minute of it. He even got up and joined them, showing off his dancing moves during the round dance. Towards the end of the visit everyone around him sang Happy Birthday to Sparky! Now that’s a special treat Sparky will never forget. 

 

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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Delawareans have plenty of opportunities to become familiar with this year’s Fire Prevention Week (FPW) theme: “Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” and learn about the basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

 

The kickoff FPW event was in July at an educational exhibit at the Delaware State Fair, continued with the Sharptown Firemen’s Carnival across the border in Maryland, where  Sparky the Fire Dog® made an appearance (see picture above) and hasn’t stopped since.

 

From now until the end of the month, open houses are being held at various fire stations, and  exhibits are planned at an “apple scrapple” festival, a military base, on the boardwalk overlooking a beach, and
at a Halloween event. 

 

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Sparky headed down to NFPA’s local gym for a workout (Sparky likes to be healthy AND fire safe!)As an item on his bucket list, Sparky wanted to be able to hold a plank for 1 entire minute, and so he has been building up to it by toughening up his core. Boy was this a tough one to check off the list, but Sparky was able to complete his 1 minute plank for #58!

 

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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Fire Prevention Week has been officially declared in Canada. The proclamation–in English and French–was issued today and has been published in today’s edition of the Canada Gazette, the official newspaper of the government of Canada.

 

The proclamation has been issued by command of Deputy Registrar General of Canada John Knubley and Deputy Attorney General of Canada William Pentney. The proclamation highlights the campaign theme, “Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years," designates Sunday, October 9th through
Saturday, October 15th as Fire Prevention Week, and designates Saturday, October 15th as Fire Service Recognition Day.

 

The Canada Gazette has been published regularly by the Queen’s Printer since 1841 and includes new statutes and regulations, proposed regulations, and government notices.

 

Communities looking to promote Fire Prevention Week by drafting a proclamation can use the sample proclamation provided on the NFPA website.

 

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A Detroit mom and daughter receive the first smoke alarm check and pizza delivery

from Domino's in celebration of this year's Fire Prevention Week program

 

NFPA teamed up with Domino's yesterday to officially kick off our joint, 9th annual Fire Prevention Week program promoting the importance of working smoke alarms. Seventy-five second graders from Detroit's Amelia Earhart Elementary-Middle School were invited to the Detroit Fire Department's Engine 27, where they actively participated in fire safety lessons supporting this year's theme, "Don't Wait - Check the Date: Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years". The kids were also treated to a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog and a pizza party. The event culminated in a send-off of Detroit firefighters and Domino's, who made the inaugural smoke alarm check and pizza delivery to a local family, reflecting Domino's nationwide effort to support Fire Prevention Week.

 

Here's how Domino's Fire Prevention Week program works: Customers who place an order from participating Domino's stores during Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15, are randomly selected to receive their delivery from the local fire department, who will conduct a smoke alarm check in the customer's home. If the smoke alarms in the home are working, the delivery is free. If they're not working, the firefighters will replace the batteries or install fully-functioning alarms.

 

A huge thanks to the Detroit Fire Department for all their support and enthusiasm in helping kicking off the Domino's program once again. And thank you to all the local Domino's and fire departments that team up each year to make this campaign an annual success. It's a fun, engaging way to educate residents about smoke alarm safety, and we truly appreciate your participation!

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According to fire officials, the weekend dormitory fire that displaced more than 70 at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire, was caused by students using a hibachi grill on the roof of the building. The

overnight fire took hours to put out, given the roof design and materials used in the construction. The Hanover Union Leader states that the blaze started at about midnight Saturday, and was not brought under control for hours.

 

State Fire Marshal Office investigators said the hibachi had been left unattended on a flat section of roof outside Campus Fire Tip Sheet.JPGa dorm window.  No one was hurt, but the fire left Morton Hall uninhabitable. In a statement, college official said the structure of the building was damaged, and it also suffered smoke and water damage. It will likely remain closed for the remainder of the term. All of the students have found housing. The displaced students are staying with friends in other residence halls, or Student Affairs personnel have helped them locate space in residence halls, the college said. NFPA’s College Campus Fire Safety tip sheet advises students about grilling restrictions, cooking safety, candle care, and the use of smoke alarms.

 

 

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Fire and life safety experts across North America are busy sharing the Fire Prevention
Week
campaign with the public–“Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms
Every 10 Years.” Now a public educator in Arizona wants to make sure that those
delivering the message are adhering to it as well.

 

Tanja Tanner, Goodyear Fire Department Community Risk Reduction Coordinator and

an NFPA Public Education Network representative has put together a video, which she
is sharing on social media, challenging first responders and fire and life safety educators

to check their own smoke alarms when they return home from conducting educational

presentations on the topic.

 

In the video, she removes the smoke alarm from the hallway ceiling of her home, checks
the date, sees that it was manufactured in 2011 and tests it. She then places the smoke alarm

back on the ceiling.

 

“Remember, anything over 10 years old needs to be replaced,” she says.  “Make sure the battery

is working. The challenge is back to you. Make sure your families are safe.”

 

 

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Last week more than 12,000 radio stations were sent two public service announcements (PSAs) reminding listeners "Don't Wait. Check the Date. Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years." As you may know, this message is the theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, which will take place October 9-15.

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We have heard great feedback from stations about the PSAs - some thanking us for sending important fire safety messaging along and others asking for interviews to delve further into the key role that smoke alarms play in keeping people and property safe from fire. The interest in the smoke alarm PSAs hailed from different geographic areas and different sized radio markets - places similar to where you work and live. Another great thing about these PSAs is that they are evergreen - meaning they can run year round.

 

We encourage fire officials and local public educators to reach out to radio promotions directors, community programming managers, on-air talent and others in your area (including businesses that may want to feature the PSA as part of their on-hold message). You can access the 15-second and 30-second PSAs on NFPA's Promoting Fire Prevention Week pages along with an official proclamation, a press release, an infographic, social media content, partnership ideas, videos and community outreach suggestions.

 

Audiences receive messages in a variety of ways, and this year's Fire Prevention Week materials were designed with that idea in mind.

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NFPA employees love Fire Prevention Week, and the safety messages that it promotes. They also love their local fire departments! With Fire Prevention Week coming up next week, we wanted to give employees the chance to tie together these two passions.

 

This year, we ran a contest for employees to win the opportunity to donate a Fire Prevention Week in a Box (which includes an FPW Banner, FPW News, magnets, stickers, goodie bags, brochures, posters, and kids activity posters) to their local fire department. 6 lucky winners were selected and some shared photos with us of their donations in their local towns, which included Norwood, MA, Avon, Ma, Lakeville, MA, West Quincy, MA, Holbrook, MA, and The Town of Clue Mountains, Canada!

It was rainy and cool in New England during the weekend, so my friend Barbara decided to use
her fireplace. She shared a photo of her cozy living room with flames licking at the fireplace logs Barbara's Fireplace.jpg

with all of her Facebook friends, including me.

 

The detail that drew my attention the most was the metal screen in front of the fire, there to stop sparks from flying into the room. I was pleased to see that Barbara was not only practicing fire safety, but sharing that important message with  countless others.

 

The 2016 edition of the Educational Messages Desk Reference states the following about fireplaces:

 

Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place. Gas fireplace doors can reach excessive temperatures (1300 degrees Fahrenheit). Serious burn injuries from hot glass can happen in less than one second. Install screen barriers.

 

NFPA’s educational messages are used throughout NFPA’s educational programs, curricula, and handouts.

The Desk Reference provides messaging on 19 topics that fire and life safety educators can use to provide

the public with accurate and consistent language when offering safety information to the public.

 

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T Shirt Photo.jpgThis Fire Prevention Week, members of the Simsbury Fire District, in Simsbury, Connecticut, will be donning T-shirts featuring the Fire Prevention Week campaign message–Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10

Years–along with their fire department logo. Simsbury is one of many departments that purchased the Fire Prevention Week T-shirt Decal, which means the department has the flexibility to do “print-your-own” customizable printing.

 

Department members won’t be the only ones wearing the T-shirts. According to Assistant Chief/Deputy Fire Marshal Patrick Tourville, the T-shirts will be used as raffle prizes at the department’s open house. Also, he’s looking into getting the wait staff of local restaurants to wear the T-shirts in an effort to keep the campaign in the public consciousness all year round.

 

“From the decal to other catalog products, such as Fire Prevention Week in a Box, we’ve got everything we need to make the campaign a breeze,” he says. “We have no trouble getting the ball rolling for Fire Prevention Week.”

 

 

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