by NFPA's Kelly Ransdell
Did you know that Maine and North Carolina have something in common? Well, on a recent trip to Maine, I discovered that both states have plenty of pine trees. Kind of ironic since the climates are so different- but they are on the East Coast.
At the 26th annual Pine Tree Burn Conference, I had the opportunity to meet some amazing fire safety educators that are especially gifted in outreach to troubled teens and specifically Youth Firesetting Intervention. In the crisp fall air of Maine, we all learned about the tools that you can use in your community.
As I did an overview of free NFPA online materials, I shared our Power Hour Lesson plan on the Fire Challenge. This one hour lesson is designed for parents and caregivers of teens and examines their complex thinking as well as age appropriate teaching strategies. This lesson was created in conjunction with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and was intended to stop the Facebook craze that erupted not long after the Ice Bucket Challenge started. This dangerous challenge was sending countless teens to burn centers and emergency rooms across the country.
The lesson plan includes an introduction, core messaging and then a conclusion to make presenting it to Parent and Teacher organizations, community groups, and faith based organizations as easy as getting a whoopie pie in Maine (PS they are everywhere including the airport, grocery stores, and restaurants.)
We also explored the many infographics that are easy ways to get the message out through social media. Our Halloween safety one is a great safety reminder to post this weekend to your Facebook or website as the ghouls and goblins are out. Thank you to the educators in Maine for your commitment to your communities and cheers from NC as we celebrate things we have in common!