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Cover image of 2017n Educational Messages Desk ReferenceNFPA believes that children should not be trained how to operate portable fire extinguishers. Teaching children to use portable fire extinguishers runs counter to NFPA messaging to get out and stay out if there is a fire. Furthermore, children may not have the maturity to operate a portable fire extinguisher properly or decide whether or not a fire is small enough to be put out by the extinguisher. They may not have the physical ability to handle the extinguisher or dexterity to perform the complex actions required to put out a fire. In the process of extinguishing flames, children may not know how to respond if the fire spreads. NFPA continues to believe that only adults who know how to operate portable fire extinguishers should use them. For safety tips, see the fire extinguishers page of the NFPA website and the NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference 2017 Edition.

For the past 13 years, Community Risk Reduction Specialist - Tiffany Bradbury has had fun using art to motivate local school-age kids in Roanoke, VA to think creatively about fire safety.  13 schools participated this year and winners ranged from 2nd grade, all the way up to 8th grade.  According to Bradbury, the 2017 winning submissions were "stunning" and I happen to agree!


8th grader - Libby Jamison


2nd grader - Hollis Allen


8th grader - Sydnee Durham


8th grader - Jennifer Beane

BT Fowler with Sparky the Fire Dog

Moving to an assisted living facility was not the end of a chapter for retired Raleigh Fire Marshal BT Fowler. The transition provided him with a whole new audience for his older adult fire and life safety presentations. Years ago, before NFPA introduced Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, BT Fowler and other residents of assisted living facility with FPW bannerFowler and Ernest Grant (now former NFPA chairman of the board) taught older adult workshops at the North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Conference. BT was eager to know when NFPA’s training materials on older adults would be available. Ernest made sure that BT was one of the first fire officials in North Carolina to receive the Remembering When training kit. BT used the program throughout his career, adding regular updates as they became available. His work was celebrated in 2007 when the North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Educators presented him with the BT Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award. Fowler is 89 years old and teaches Remembering When at his new home, the Falls River Village senior lifestyle community. And each year a deserving fire and life safety educator is presented with the award named in his honor.

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