As NFPA works alongside the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to increase electrical safety awareness throughout May—National Electrical Safety Month—we take a look at safety during hurricanes. ESFI’s Hurricane Electrical SafetyInfographicand NFPA’stip sheeton hurricane safety provide precautions before, during, and after the storm. The Atlantic hurricane season is June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. On average there are 6 hurricanes, three which are categorized as “major,” each year. History provides important examples of the potentially dangerous impact hurricanes can have and the need to be prepared.
Prepare for the storm:
•Charge all phone and communications devices
•Unplug all electronics and move them as high as possible
•If recommended by utilities or emergency offices, turn off breakers to avoid power surges
Weather the storm:
•Stay indoors during hurricanes and away from windows and glass
•Never operate a portable generator inside your home
•Never connect a generator directly into your homes wiring unless a transfer switch has been installed
•Always use GFCIs in areas where water and electricity may come in contact
Recover from the storm:
•Do not use electrical equipment and electronics, including receptacles, that have been submerged in water
•Have a qualified electrician inspect any water damaged electrical equipment and electronics
•Stay away from downed power lines. If you encounter a downed power line, stay at least 35 feet away and do not touch the line or anything that may be in contact with the line
National Electrical Safety Month was introduced by ESFI in the mid-1990s to bring awareness to home electrical safety. The campaign highlights safety activities throughout the month that can be used by safety advocates, educators and consumers.
As NFPA works alongside the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to increase electrical safety awareness throughout May—National Electrical Safety Month—we take a look at safety during flooding.Floodingcan occur anywhere, but water and electricity don’t mix. Electrical hazards may linger after flood waters recede. ESFI provides aninfographicand NFPA has asafety tip sheetthat can be used to reinforce messaging noting dangers and ways to reduce risk. National Electrical Safety Month was introduced by ESFI in the mid-1990s to bring awareness to home electrical safety. The campaign highlights safety activities throughout the month that can be used by safety advocates, educators and consumers.
National Electrical Safety Month was introduced by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) in the mid-1990s to bring awareness to home electrical safety. NFPA has championed the campaign with ESFI by highlighting safety activities throughout the month that can be used by safety advocates, educators and consumers. NFPA and ESFI offer an extensive library of safety materials surrounding electricity. Let's take a look at outdoor electrical safety. Before starting an outdoor project, ESFI advises to “Always Look Up,” to be alert to where power lines are located and know where they are hanging, whether while working on the roof, trimming trees, or painting the siding. The “Always Look Up”videoandinfographicoffer reminders of this important step. And NFPAsOutdoor Electrical Safety tip sheetreinforces safety messaging around outside electrical work and equipment safety.
May isNational Electrical Safety Month, introduced to the public in the mid-1990s by the Electrical Safety Foundation International to bring awareness to home electrical safety for families.
Home electrical fires can start in wiring, electrical distribution systems, and lighting equipment, as well as any equipment powered by electricity, such as cooking, heating, office and entertainment equipment, washers, and dryers.
NFPAhas championed National Electrical Safety Month with ESFI by promoting safety activities throughout the month that can be used by safety advocates, educators and consumers. During the next several weeks I’ll be sharing videos, infographics, and tip sheets from both organizations designed to help prevent these types of fires.
Each year, Earth Day (April 22) marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in the 1970s. Now, more than 5,000 environmental groups in more than 180 countries reach out to hundreds of millions of people in a show of support for environmental protection. Children can do their part to protect their environment with the help of Sparky the Fire Dog® and his Earth Smartschecklist. By checking off everything on the list, children can protect animals, trees, plants, and their home.
The Congressional Fire Services Institute’s Board of Directors has selected Chief Russ Sanders as the recipient of the 2019 CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. Sanders is theNFPA regional directorfor the central region of the United States. The presentation will take place at the 31st Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner on April 25, 2019, at the Washington Hilton, in Washington, D.C.
Throughout his distinguished career, Sanders has held leadership positions in numerous national and international organizations and committees, including Executive Secretary of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association and the Director of Central Field Operations for NFPA. On the international level, he serves as the President of the United States Delegation to the Comite Technique Internationale de Prevention and d ’Extinction de Feu. He also is the NFPA representative to the European Fire Service, the National Fire Chiefs Council of the United Kingdom, the Institution of Fire Engineers, the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council, and the Global Fire Service Leadership Alliance.
“Russ Sanders has distinguished himself on so many levels and in so many areas within the fire and emergency services,” said Dr. William F. Jenaway, CFSI President. “He has made significant contributions in the areas of public safety and prevention, research, codes and standards, and leadership.”
March 23rd is National Puppy Day. Established in 2006, National Puppy Day is a “paw-some” opportunity for all dog enthusiasts to celebrate “puppy love” with their favorite fur ball of a canine. The day is also designed to raise awareness about puppy mills and help prospective pet owners consider adoption. In addition, it can be fitting on National Puppy Day to remind ourselves about the precautions that need to be taken with our pets. Simply put, pets can cause fires. Some pets chew through electrical cords. Others bump into or knock over cooking equipment. We can reduce the chances of a tragedy by reviewing precautions included in NFPAs Pet Fire Safety tip sheet. So at the very “leashed,” relax and cuddle up with your adorable puppy pooch, while keeping both humans and four-legged friends safe from fire.
It’s a topic that’s made news headlines and is on the minds of many: how to keep schools safe and secure in the face of mass shootings in the United States. As school administrators and community officials work to protect schools from acts of targeted violence, the School Safety and Security Updatefact sheethelps answer frequently asked questions and provides guidance on safe door locking. The fact sheet explains NFPAs current provisions and how they can be safely applied. On the more general topic of safety in public venues, the Safety in Places of Public Assemblytip sheetoffers guidance for staying safe in the face of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or some other type of disaster or crisis. The tips sheet offers advice before entering a building, when you enter, and what to do during an emergency.
City of Kingsport Fire Department Public Education Officer Barry Brickey has been chosen the2019 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Brickey has been using NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn® program in the city’s elementary schools since 2006. He has also used NFPAs Remembering When™ program since 2010.
In 2006 he developed a billboard campaign themed with Fire Prevention Week slogans and home fire sprinkler messaging. The Kingsport Fire Department partnered with the state fire marshal’s office for a smoke alarm billboard in October 2018.
In 2011 Brickey won a contest to become the voice of Sparky the Fire Dog for NFPAs “Sparky and the Runaway Robot” and to celebrate Sparky’s birthday. For Fire Prevention Week that year, Brickey participated in a national radio media tour as the voice of Sparky.
He worked with the Holsten Valley Trauma Center Injury Prevention, the Kingsport Police and Contact 211 of Northeast Tennessee, to help reduce call numbers at a high-volume apartment complex.
He is the recipient of the 2006 Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office Fire Educator of the Year and the 2018 Tennessee Public Fire Educators Association Bruce Womack Fire Educator of the Year award.
Airbnb and other peer-to-peer hospitality services and vacation rentals are not regulated the same way as hotels. Requirements vary across jurisdictions. Our newchecklistcan guide you on how to be your own safety advocate before you commit to a rental and after you've settled in.
National Burn Awareness Week, February 3-9, is an opportunity for organizations to mobilize in sharing burn awareness and prevention messaging. Each year, theAmerican Burn Associationdevelops educational resources to assist burn survivor groups, and public safety and public education professionals to provide information to the public. Scald is this year’s theme.
According to NFPA, most fire-related injuries are burns. In fact, approximately every 60 seconds someone in the United States sustains a burn injury serious enough to require treatment.
American Burn Association statistics show that each day more than 300 children are seen in emergency rooms and two children die from burn injuries. ABA provides template proclamations, social media posts and an infographic.NFPA’s Burn Awareness pageincludes videos, scald prevention tip sheets, a toolkit for educators, a technical article, and children’s activity sheets.
Each year, NFPA bestows the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award on an educator who works for a local fire department or fire marshal’s office in the U.S. or Canada and uses NFPA's materials in consistent and creative ways. The recipient demonstrates excellence and innovation in reaching out to the community, and views NFPA as the leading source for fire safety information. Only weeks remain to submit anapplicationfor this year’s award. The deadline is Friday, February 15th, 2019.
Denise Hynes, public educator for Toronto Fire Services, was chosen for the 2018 award. She has been using NFPA programs and materials since 2002. She works in the fifth largest fire department in North America, in one of the most diverse cities in the world, and serves a population of nearly three million residents. Her colleagues describe her as a tireless educator who has an unbelievable passion and enthusiasm for her job.
As her award year came to a close, Hynes spoke with me about her experience.
LB:Congratulations again, Denise, for being chosen for this award last year. What were your thoughts when you found out an application was being submitted on your behalf?
DH:When my division chief advised he was submitting my name for the 2018 NFPA Educator of the Year, my first reaction was "Please don't!” As we all know, nothing in the fire service is about one person–it's all about working together as a team. Upon hearing we were chosen, I was so proud to be able to accept on behalf of ALL of the women and men of Toronto Fire Services who strive to educate as our first line of defense.
LB:What are some of your highlights from the past year?
DH:What a year!! Being presented with the NFPA Award in Las Vegas by retired Toronto Fire Services Fire Chief William Stewart; presenting on our programming to a full house at the Conference & Expo; receiving requests to present at fire services across North America; participating in an NFPA webinar; donating the honorarium to Camp BUCKO, a burn camp for children; meeting wonderful people who have become friends; and receiving messages of congratulations from my peers are just a few of the amazing things resulting from the award.
LB: Did you have any “I have to pinch myself” moments in connection to receiving the award?
DH: In late 2018, I was honored to be asked to drop the puck at a Toronto Marlie's hockey game, and I was part of a smoke/CO Alarm education campaign with one of my original all-star hockey heroes and two of our current star players!
LB:Wow! What a year. Is there anything you’d like to add?
DH: It has been an unbelievable, amazing and rewarding year–and a real career topper as I enter my 30th year of service. Thank you NFPA–for the honor, the amazing support over the years, for giving Canada Laura King, [NFPA Canada Public Education Representative]and sending me on my first trip to Las Vegas; I got to see the Grand Canyon and gained a first-hand appreciation of the world famous "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!" tag line.
Last week, flames ripped through Southside Christian Childcare in Louisville, Kentucky. According tonews reports, the employees were able to get all of the children out and into a nearby Home Depot building while firefighters fought the flames.
The fire departmentcredited the employees with saving the children’s lives and stated that the child-care organization’s leadership and accountability are a reflection of a well-practiced fireescape plan.
“The police department’s message is ‘Don’t drink and drive.’ Our message is to have a fire safety plan,” said Jefferson County Fire spokesman Jordan Yuodis earlier this week. “Today is a good example of a fire escape plan and it saved lives.”
All employees received a certificate of appreciation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Electronic cigarettes, powered by lithium-ion batteries, have ignited or exploded, resulting in severe injuries, including third degree burns, lacerations and loss of body parts. According to astudy by George Mason University, injuries have been underestimated by federal agencies. A new report, published inTobacco Control, found that there are far more e-cigarette explosions and burn injuries in the United States than past reports estimated.
Data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found an estimated 2,035 emergency department visits from e-cigarette explosions and burn injuries from 2015 to 2017, which is thought to be an underestimate since not all of the injured seek medical treatment.
The report warns that users and bystanders risk serious bodily injury from unregulated e-cigarette batteries exploding.
Only weeks remain to submit anapplicationfor the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award. The deadline is Friday, February 15th, 2019. NFPA is looking for fire and life safety educators in the United States and Canada who have these qualifications:
· Work for a local/municipal fire department or fire marshal’s office.
· Use NFPA educational programs and materials in a consistent and creative way.
· Demonstrate excellence and innovation, reaching out to the community with NFPA materials.
The Educator of the Year receives a $1,000 honorarium, travel to NFPA Conference and Expo in San Antonio in June for an award presentation, paid conference registration, and an engraved Sparky® statue.
The local fire department receives a $1,000 donation to support public education activities.