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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.

 

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 Update fact sheet helps 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 Assembly tip sheet offers 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.

               NFPA tip sheet safety in public places           

City of Kingsport Fire Department Public Education Officer Barry Brickey has been chosen the 2019 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.

Barry Brickey NFPA 2019 fire and life safety educator of the year

Airbnb and other peer-to-peer hospitality services and vacation rentals are not regulated the same way as hotels. Requirements vary across jurisdictions. Our new checklist can guide you on how to be your own safety advocate before you commit to a rental and after you've settled in.

airbnb safety tips

National Burn Awareness Week, February 3-9, is an opportunity for organizations to mobilize in sharing burn awareness and prevention messaging. Each year, the American 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 an applicationfor 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 to news 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 fire escape 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.
E-cigarette warningElectronic 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 a study by George Mason University, injuries have been underestimated by federal agencies. A new report, published in Tobacco 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.
NFPA’s safety tip sheet on smoking safetyand the Educational Messages Desk Referenceinclude warnings about the use of e-cigarettes.
Only weeks remain to submit an applicationfor 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.NFPA Educator of the Year statue

Infographic including winter themes and fire safety tips

NFPA has teamed up once again with the U.S. Fire Administration for the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign to help remind everyone that the winter months are the leading time of year for home fires. The updated infographics, available in English and Spanish include safety tips on cooking, heating, candles, and holiday decorating and can be used as handouts, social media posts, or displayed on bulletin boards. The infographics are among the many items provided this season on holiday safety.

Headshot of Lisa Braxton on a facebook pageIf you’re interested in learning more about how NFPA’s educational messaging is created, how to use the Educational Messages Desk Reference, and details on the newest additions to the document, then you’ll want to listen to an interview in which I was the guest on CRR radio. Ed Comeau, a former fire investigator whose firm, Writer-Tech.com publishes the monthly newsletter Campus Firewatch, conducted the interview. The 2018 edition of the Educational Messages Desk Reference for the Fire Service and Fire and Life Safety Educators has 27 chapters of burn and fire safety messaging and includes sections tailored to young audiences and individuals with limited English proficiency.

Schoolchildren holding the Fire Prevention Week banner. They are flanked by fire officials

Sparky the Fire Dog® and his friend Simon, the smoke alarm tester, were the talk of a primary school in Tehran, Iran, recently as part of Fire Prevention Week.

Fire officials, including Abbas Khadangi (far left) and public educator Neda Hajikhanian (right) presented the Look, Listen, Learn theme to the children in both English and Persian. Neda says that in the future, she and her colleagues are hoping to bring NFPA’s educational messages to additional primary school students, high school students and community members.

Headshots of Denise Hynes and Laura KingToronto Fire Services Public Educator and 2018 NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Denise Hynes, works in the fifth largest fire department in North America. Learn how she has developed workshops, prop kits, and safety events using NFPA resources to reach community members from preschool to older adult and across diverse groups. She will be joined by Laura King, NFPA public education representative.

The webinar takes place on Tuesday, November 13, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST.

A coloring sheet featuring eye-catching geometric shapes and a clever word- and phrase-find activity with a fire safety theme.

There’s been a surge of interest among adults in putting crayon to paper and coloring between the lines. In communities across North America, coloring book clubs, parties, and meetings for mature audiences have been launched at libraries, Look. Listen. Learn in big letters. Sparky looks on as the character Simon holds an i-pad with an escape plan on it.community centers, and in private homes. Imagine a coloring sheet featuring eye-catching geometric shapes and a clever word- and phrase-find activity with a fire safety theme. NFPA’s coloring sheet fits the bill and is a great tool for enhancing Fire Prevention Week presentations with adults and young adults. Bring along the kids' coloring sheet for added fun with younger artists.

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