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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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