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.
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.
If 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.
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.
Toronto 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.
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, 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.
On this final week of National Preparedness Month, the Department of Homeland Security encourages everyone to save for an emergency, stating that maintaining emergency savings, financial planning, and completing an emergency financial first aid kit are important for protection from a financially devastating disaster. A number of web resources, social media content, graphics, and worksheets are provided. In addition, NFPAs Get Ready toolkit provides strategies for first responders and local residents to work together to prepare for potential disasters. In addition to a presenter’s guide and PowerPoint presentation, fact sheets on numerous disaster-related topics are provided that can be downloaded and printed.
The September issue of Safety Source, NFPA’s public education newsletter, is now available. In this issue you will find:
A new Fire Prevention Week™ video to add to your toolkit for presentations.
A Fire Prevention Week safety checklist to help your community identify potential hazards around the home.
A webinar for fire departments looking for tips on effective communication to targeted audiences.
Ideas for encouraging best safety practices throughout September’s Campus Fire Safety Month campaign.
And there’s much more. Don't miss an issue! Sign up now and be among the first to get the latest information on happenings in the public education division, activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, Sparky the Fire Dog® and more!
On this third week of National Preparedness Month, the Department of Homeland Security encourages everyone to check their insurance coverage. Testimonial videos, flood insurance graphics and guidelines are provided to help people learn more about how to protect their home or business. In addition, NFPA’s Get Ready community toolkit provides a fact sheet on floods that advises having flood insurance coverage. The fact sheet is available in both English and Spanish.
On this second week of National Preparedness Month, the Department of Homeland Security encourages everyone to learn lifesaving skills. The week’s focus is on individuals protecting themselves and their homes from flooding, earthquakes, and fires. NFPAs Get Ready community toolkit provides materials fire departments and fire and life safety educators can use during presentations to reinforce these potentially lifesaving measures.
The Floods fact sheet provides tips on how to prepare the home from floods, evacuation tips, and pointers on how to stay safe if caught in the midst of a flood.
The Earthquakes fact sheet explains what residents can do before, during and after an earthquake to increase their chances of survival.
The Home Fires fact sheet, encourages installing and maintaining smoke alarms and gives safety tips for what to do if a fire occurs in the home.
All materials are available in English and Spanish.
During this first week of National Preparedness Month, the Department of Homeland Security is encouraging the public to make and practice an emergency plan. NFPAs Get Ready community toolkit provides materials fire departments and fire and life safety educators can use to reinforce with the public the importance of addressing this potentially life-saving task. The Get Ready kit contains emergency plan cards and emergency plan forms in English and Spanish. The plan form helps individuals plan how they will contact each other if they happen to be separated when a disaster happens. The emergency plan cards are for individuals to fill in with their emergency contact information and keep on them in case of emergency.
Developed by law enforcement, fire, EMS, facility security, hospitals, universities, private businesses, and federal agencies, NFPA 3000 provides guidance on the comprehensive plans, policies, and procedures that should be established before, during, and after the unthinkable happens. Join NFPA Emergency Services Specialist John Montes on Thursday, September 13th at 2 p.m. (EDT) via Campus Safety as he explains why everyone has a role to play in keeping people and properties safer from harm. The moderator is Zach Winn, senior editor, Campus Safety Magazine.
The webcast will cover the following areas:
The scope, parameters, and practitioners that contributed to NFPA 3000
The standard’s 20 chapters designed to help you reduce risk
Ways to organize, manage, communicate, and sustain your ASHER program
Resources and tools available to you
The webcast is sponsored by Siemens. Registration is being accepted.
The newly released 2018 edition of the NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference for the Fire Service and Fire and Life Safety Educators includes a new chapter on college and university housing with messaging addressing both on- and off-campus housing.
Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they are the real thing.
Keep you room key, building key, and/or access card near your bed when you sleep. Take them with you when you hear the fire alarm and leave the building.
Make sure carbon monoxide alarms are installed in dorm rooms, apartments, or houses to provide early warning of carbon monoxide.
Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
The Desk Reference is for the fire service and fire and life safety educators to use as they are designing and delivering outreach–such as lessons, programs, and presentations–and to provide a base so that messaging can be tailored to target audiences.
Wasps put a family at risk in Bellevue, Washington recently. Firefighters were called to the home because the carbon monoxide alarms were sounding. The home registered elevated levels of carbon monoxide. Firefighters discovered that wasps built a nest in a tankless hot water heater exhaust pipe. According to a news report, the nest completely blocked off the pipe. Officials want to remind everyone about the importance of having working carbon monoxide alarms in the home and periodically checking all exhaust outlets for obstructions.
Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed outside each separate sleeping area, on every level of the home, and in other locations as required by laws, codes, or standards. NFPA’s Carbon Monoxide Safety tip sheet provides additional precautions.