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Kraig Herman


A new theme, and new products, combined with input and inspiration from our stakeholders across the country, have turned this year's Fire Prevention Week catalog into a "road-map for success" when planning for the October campaign, or advocating fire safety all-year-round!  And our newest FPW Advocate - Simon helps to spread the word.  "Look.  Listen.  Learn.  Be aware.  Fire can happen anywhere!"

Watch for the catalog - coming to you soon or check out all of the new FPW resources on-line!

Graphic of an injured person surrounded by fireworks statisticsAuthorities say that fireworks led to a three-alarm fire that destroyed a home in Lynn, Massachusetts, this week. According to NBC10, the fire started as a result of people setting off fireworks and one ricocheting to the second-floor porch, which ignited nearby combustibles and spread to the third floor.

“I was actually sitting on my porch, and they were playing with Roman candles, and it bounced off the telephone pole and landed on the second floor balcony,” said neighbor Alysa Mercado. Fire officials say that 10 people were displaced because of the fire.

In light of the approaching 4th of July holiday, State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey is reminding the public to leave fireworks to the professionals. According to NFPA statistics, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, three deaths, and 40 civilian injuries. Direct property damage exceeds $40 million. NFPA’s Fireworks page includes an educational video, statistics, tip sheet and infographic on fireworks safety.

91 fire fatalities to date?  Yes officials in NC are distressed with the fact that more reported fire deaths have occurred through June of this year than for the whole year of 2017.  90 fire departments participated in the first statewide canvass event held last Saturday to bring awareness to the importance of working smoke alarms.  With over 3100 smoke alarms installed in the 1100 homes with non-working smoke alarms and 517 homes with no smoke alarms, many people could sleep better after this past weekend.   Fire department personnel, Red Cross volunteers and other organizations from across the state joined forces with the State Fire Marshals Office to go door to door in high risk areas of towns, cities and counties.  Firefighters could not believe the number of homes that did not have working smoke alarms and hope to continue with smoke alarm canvasses in the coming weeks and months in order to make sure people are protected.  Great job NC!

Three women taking a walk through the neighborhood

June is National Safety Month, a time when organizations nationwide give additional focus to the prevention of injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, in our homes and communities. This year’s theme is “No 1 Gets Hurt.” The public is encouraged to think of at least one change individuals can make to improve their safety this month. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has just wrapped up its focus this week on falls, a leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for all ages. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that 30 percent of people age 65 and older are involved in falls each year–some of those falls are fatal–while others permanently disable victims, often causing loss of mobility or independence.

NFPA’s Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults can be implemented by the fire service, health-related organizations, service clubs, or social and religious organizations to help communities make that one change: eliminating or reducing falls.

2018 and 2017 Educators of the Year Denise Hynes and Dolly Hulin, respectively on the dais before making their presentation

Dolly Hulin (right), fire and life safety education division chief for the Thomasville Fire Department and the 2017 NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year is known for her exceptional commitment to fire and burn prevention education. Denise Hynes, public educator for Toronto Fire Services, and the 2018 NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year is described as a tireless educator who has an unbelievable passion and enthusiasm for her job.

The two fire safety dynamos came together at NFPA Conference & Expo last week to present the education session: Lessons from the 2017 and 2018 NFPA Educator of the Year. Before a packed room the two shared their methods of reaching community members with little or no budget and tackling common challenges that educators face. The workshop highlighted programs focusing on working with immigrants, older adults, parents and children and community agencies in partnership as well as grant writing.

The Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award is presented annually to a public educator from the U.S. or Canada who takes a lead role in making the community safer.


A car on fire and a firefighter extinguishing it, followed by bulleted safety tipsAdditional educational resources that include Canadian spellings and data are available for the Canadian fire service, public educators and consumers. Just in time for the warmer weather are Canadian versions of safety tips sheets on grilling, hotels/motels, motor homes, camp fires, as well as tip sheets on barns, candles, car fires, heating and other topics of interest. NFPA’s Carbon Monoxide Alarm toolkit and portions of the Remembering When program include Canadian versions of materials. All of these documents can be found on the Education Materials for Canadian Fire Services page of the NFPA website.

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