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While on my way to a local radio station last week, a video was forwarded to me via email and the timing was perfect.  I had planned to talk about holiday fire safety on-air and Barrie Fire & Emergency Services, of Ontario, Canada, had prepared the perfect audio backdrop for that very topic.  

Minutes later Barrie Fire's rendition of Jingle Bells hit the airwaves as we wrapped up our half hour safety show dedicated to tips on how to keep homes safe during holidays! NFPA provides a wealth of safety information to ensure the holiday season is a safe one.  Check it all out at Project Holiday!

About 75 fire and life safety experts met in Lebanon, New Hampshire, recently for a Carbon Monoxide Awareness and Prevention Summit.

NFPA Public Education Network members Mary MacCaffrie, public education administrator, New Hampshire Division of Fire Safety, and Micheal Greenia, fire safety education coordinator, Vermont Department of Public Safety were among the participants.

The summit provided an opportunity for multiple stakeholders to explore carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning issuesImage of hand checking the smoke alarm on the wall and list of safety tips in the Vermont-New Hampshire region. Several CO incident survivor and fatality stories were shared.

Toxicologists, a sleep disorder specialist, and fire officials talked about best practices during a panel presentation. Approaches to increase the use of CO alarms was also discussed.

The carbon monoxide safety page on the NFPA website provides facts, figures, a report, and links to a tip sheet in both English and Spanish on the hazards of CO and precautionary measures.

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