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2017

Fire Prevention Week Campaign Logo. Sparky points to a tablet that shows an escape plan with arrows for two ways out of every room

If your department budget is tight, don’t let a lack of funds keep you from providing Fire Prevention Week materials to your community. With the help of local donors you can get that Fire Prevention Week Banner, the Fire Prevention Week in a Box Value Pack, Sparky Fire Hats and other items you’ll need. The Fire Prevention Week template fundraising letter simplifies the process of asking for donations.

Just download the letter, fill in the blanks, and send it off. You might be surprised at the volume of responses you’ll get. Local businesses are often more willing to help than you think.

Image of a car on fire and firefighters with hoses, putting out the fire

This summer, according to AAA, three-quarters of family travelers plan to travel by car to their vacation spot. According to the automobile club, a sizable number are not prepared in case something goes wrong. Cars can break down and even catch fire because of mechanical or electrical issues. NFPA’s Car Fire Safety tip sheet provides guidance on what to do if the car catches on fire:

  • Pull over quickly as it is safe to do, and be sure to use your signal as you make your way to a safe location off the road, such as a breakdown lane or rest stop.
  • Once you have stopped, turn off the engine.
  • Get everyone out of the car. Never return to a burning car for anything.
  • Move everyone at least 100 feet from the burning car and well away from traffic.
  • Call 9-1-1.

The tip sheet also includes information on how to prevent a car fire and knowing the danger signs. NFPA has a number of tip sheets relating to seasonal fire safety, fire and safety equipment, and fire causes.

 

 

Whether you are comfortable opening your eyes underwater, or not, is a matter of preference, but be sure to always keep your eyes wide open above-water for safety!  Electrical Shock Drowning or ESD can occur when faulty wiring sends an electrical current into the water. The current then passes through the body, causing paralysis, and results in drowning.  

Knowing what to look for and how to respond can save your life or those around you.  NFPA offers important tips for swimmers, boat owners, and pool owners, To learn more about the risks of ESD, check out NFPA's water safety page, or listen to a recent radio interview with Regional Education Specialist Meredith Hawes and Maryanne McGerty-Sieber from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and then feel safe to make a splash!

grilling, grilling fire safety, fourth of July

With summer in full swing, many of us are busy preparing menus, and our grills, for all the barbecues, backyard soirees and beach parties we’ll be hosting (and attending!).

 

But before you fire up that grill, NFPA is reminding people to brush up on their grilling skills. According to our reports, July is the peak month for grilling fires and we want everyone to play it safe.

Not sure where to start? Here are some resources to help:

• A "Grilling Fire Safety Tips" video that takes you through four quick steps to help you make the right decisions when it comes time to turn on (and turn off) that grill.
Checklists and tip sheets provide best practices for when you’re actually cooking on the grill.
• Tips for outdoor cooking with portable grills for when you head to the park, beach or campground.
• A "Simple Test for Checking Gas Grill Leaks" video that provides basic tips on how to prepare your grill before your first cookout of the season.

 

All of these resources can be downloaded for free and make it easy for you to follow along as you start cooking for family and friends. There's even information about how to keep fire safe while entertaining guests outside at your home. Share them with friends and family!

 

This holiday and throughout the summer, NFPA wants everyone to keep grilling fire safety top of mind. Start now by checking out our grilling fire safety webpage for all of these resources and more. You’ll find that if you do, you’ll be able to create wonderful memories and meals now and for months to come!

So play it safe, everyone, and have a great summer!

A list of safety tips about hurricane preparednessHurricane season has gotten off to a quick start. Already three named storms have occurred in the Atlantic hurricane season. The season runs from the beginning of June to November with the peak from mid-August to late October. Recent hurricanes and disasters have shown that communities count on firefighters and other first responders to keep them safe and protected. These days first responders and local residents are working together to prepare cities and towns for disaster. Firefighters can reach out to members of their communities with essential safety information included in NFPA’s emergency planning toolkit: Preparing Your Community for a Disaster. The toolkit includes fact sheets on hurricane preparedness in English and Spanish.

There is increasing concern in public safety and public health communities about the potential exposure of first responders to fentanyl, a powerful synthetic drug with health effects ranging from drowsiness to respiratory failure.   Fentanyl can be taken into the body through different routes, including inhalation, ingestion, and dermal absorption, depending on the situation and the form of drug.  Because of the hazards of fentanyl and its serious health concerns, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed recommendations for safe work practices and the use of appropriate personal protective equipment for activities in which fentanyl or its analogs may be present. 

 

In a recent blog, NIOSH provides more details on fentanyl and exposure risks for first responders and provides links to its interim recommendations for law enforcement when dealing with fentanyl. The NIOSH blog also encourages the first responder community to offer comments related to fentanyl. 

 

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has also prepared a briefing guide for first responders.

 

NFPA has seen a flurry of activity from first responders regarding exposure to fentanyl and carfentanil, and posted a blog warning about the health and safety risks to first responders when the NIOSH recommendations first came out. While NFPA has no official guidance to offer at this time, several documents or standards may be useful for first responders in taking precautionary measures.  These include:

 

  • nfpa.org/472 - Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents
  • nfpa.org/473 - Standard for Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents
  • nfpa.org/1500 - Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program
  • nfpa.org/1989 - Standard on Breathing Air Quality for Emergency Services Respiratory Protection
  • nfpa.org/1999 - Standard on Protective Clothing and Ensembles for Emergency Medical Operations

Earlier this year, NFPA Journal® also reported on first responders grappling with the opioid crisis in their cover story "Chasing a Killer."

electric shock drowning, ESD, marina safety, boating safety, pool safety

 

Since the early 2000s, the media has reported on a number of deaths from electric shock drowning (ESD). What is ESD? If you haven't heard about it before, you're not alone. Unfortunately, ESD is not well known. ESD occurs when faulty wiring sends an electrical current into the water. The current then passes through the body and causes paralysis, and ultimately results in drowning. ESD can occur in swimming pools, hot tubs, spas, marinas, lakes and ponds.

 

 

Some would argue the number of electric shock deaths reported are not that high, yet ESD severely injuries and kills many people a year. Why the discrepancy? Due to how difficult its detection is, drownings caused by ESD are not properly reported or investigated because autopsies won’t reveal any evidence of ESD. In most cases, first responders have to rely on the accounts of eyewitnesses who hear cries for help or they learn from other swimmers that they felt a tingling sensation in the water. Most often, the cases end up being reported as drownings, and the real cause of death — the electricity in the water — remains completely undetected.


Sounds scary? It is. And now with summer in full swing, NFPA and Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) are joining forces to remind people about the potential electrical hazards that exist in swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, on board boats and in the waters surrounding boats, marinas and launch ramps. The good news is, these deaths are preventable if we take the time to understand the risks and obey the warning signs.

 

Our new video (above) is one way we’re helping to educate people so we can all safely enjoy summer water activities.The video is meant to be shared and we invite you to give it to family members, friends and neighbors. After watching it, take the opportunity to start a discussion with those you love about the ways you can reduce your risk of ESD.

 

NFPA and ESFI have a number of really great resources, too, for swimmers, boat and pool owners, as well as for marina operators including tip sheets, checklists, brochures and more that you can download and use (and share!) immediately. You can find everything at www.nfpa.org/watersafety and on ESFI’s website.

 

Starting today, let's work together on eliminating injuries and drownings from electric shock so all of us can stay safe this summer and throughout the year. 

April showers bring May flowers but they also brought a new Fire safety summits to Arkansas.  Over 60 firefighters attended two fire safety summits to learn about how to make Arkansas safer. NFPA hosted the first fire safety summit to bring awareness to the need for public education and all the free resources to keep citizens safe as well as empower fire departments to conduct community outreach. This summit included partners from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kidde Fire Safety, American Red Cross, Arkansas Forestry Commission sharing resources.  The summit was a huge success and has sparked interest across Arkansas to host another summit next year.  For more information visit the Arkansas Fire Marshals Association.

Image of coloring sheet with safety message at the center, floral design along the perimeter

I haven’t picked up a crayon since I was in elementary school, but when a downloadable coloring sheet was added to this Ladies sitting at a round table coloringyear’s Fire Prevention Week materials, I couldn’t resist the urge to round up some co-workers, hand out a set of assorted colored pencils and relive my youthful days of creating artwork worthy of being tacked onto the refrigerator door. Pictured left to right are Michele Steinberg, me, Stacey Sullivan, and Faith Berry, chatting and giggling like schoolgirls as we brought to life in vivid fashion not only the floral design framing the sheet, but the important message at its center: Plan 2 Ways Out Of Every Room. After giving the coloring sheet a “test run,” all of us are sure both kids and adults will delight in this activity.

Do you have a passion for fire and life safety education? Are you an outstanding educator and trainer? Do you enjoy helping fire departments expand their fire and life safety education outreach efforts? Do you currently live and work in Canada? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then NFPA is looking for you!

NFPA is seeking to contract with a public education consultant who will engage with NFPA stakeholders throughout Canada by leading the following country-wide efforts:

  • Identifying ways to improve fire safety education in Canada and advance the NFPA public education messages
  • Advising on innovative and creative ways to provide Canadian communities with the knowledge and skills they need to live safer lives.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with existing national, provincial, and local organizations across Canada
  • Meeting and speaking with fire departments and others who engage in safety education with local citizens of all ages

If you would like to be considered for this engagement, please send a letter describing your experience and a copy of your resume by Friday, June 30th, 2017, to NFPA Division Manager for Public Education, Judy Comoletti at jcomoletti@nfpa.org.

Multicolored logo with the words: Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults

The application period opens June 12th for the 2017 Remembering When™ Scholarship Conference. Scheduled for November 1-3, the conference will be held at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel.

NFPA will select teams from up to 25 communities. Participants will receive free training on group presentations and home visits to help older adults live safely at home. Teams comprising a fire and life safety educator, a community partner who works with older adults, and one optional additional team member will leave the conference ready to implement Remembering When, the NFPA fire and falls prevention program.

NFPA is looking to train 2- or 3-person teams who are excited to help older adults reduce injuries from fires and falls, committed to building a community outreach program, and enthusiastic about strengthening partnerships to support older adults.

Each Remembering When scholarship is valued at more than $4,000 and includes transportation, lodging, food, and ongoing support for program implementation.

The application period closes Friday, August 11th.

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