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Pines

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! 

Halloween safety

by NFPA's Susan McKelvey

For the seventh consecutive year, NFPA and Domino's Pizza are teaming up to make families safer during Fire Prevention Week.

In select markets, customers who order from participating Domino’s stores may be surprised when their delivery arrives aboard a fire engine. If all the smoke alarms in the home are working, the pizza order is free. If a smoke alarm is not working, the firefighters will replace the batteries or install a fully-functioning fire safety device in the home.

The first official pizza delivery was made at the home of the Puckett family, where their existing smoke alarms were working, but ones were needed and installed by the fire department.

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Back at the station, the students got to go through a fire safety house, play with our new, interactive story book app, "The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms", and share lots of hugs and high fives with Sparky the Fire Dog®. The festivities culminated with a pizza party at the fire station.

A tremendous thanks to the Detroit Fire Department for graciously hosting and participating in the event, and to all the great students who were so enthusiastic and well behaved. Last but certainly not least, kudos to Domino's for their active support of Fire Prevention Week each year, and helping communicate the extreme importance of working smoke alarms.

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Lightning safety

This year, from June 22rd to 28th, the National Weather Service is commemorating Lightning Safety Awareness Week. This is an important educational week for them, and us, because summer is the peak season for one of the nation's deadliest weather phenomena--lightning. Though lightning strikes peak in summer, people are struck year round. In the United States, according to the latest NFPA report, local fire departments respond to an estimated average of 22,600 fires per year that were started by lightning. These fires cause an average of nine civilian deaths, 53 civilian injuries, and $451 million in direct property damage per year. 

The National Weather Service has provided many educational resources on their website, including information on;

  • Safety: Learn what you need to do to stay safe when thunderstorms threaten.
  • Victims: Learn what happens to people who are struck by lightning and look at fatality statistics for the U.S.
  • Science: Learn how thunderstorms develop and what happens during a lightning discharge.
  • Myths and Facts: Get answers to many of the questions you have always wondered about
  • Teachers: find curriculum guides, presentations games, activities, and more.
  • Kids: Download games, videos, coloring pages and other fun stuff.
  • More Resources: Download toolkits, posters, pamphlets, and other information to help communities, organizations, and families stay safe from the dangers of lightning

In addition, NFPA offers lightning safety tips in an easy to read tip sheet. Check them out above or download these NFPA safety tips on lightning. 

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Antilliano Estrella and Pat Mieszala, NFPA Trainers and Public Education Advisors role play at the Remembering When Conference




Thirty teams of fire service members and allied health professionals from around the country gathered in Las Vegas for the 2014 Remembering When™:  A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults conference.The event ran in advance of the NFPA Conference and Expo kicking off on Monday June 9. The event took place June 4-6 at the Luxor Hotel.


According to NFPA statistics, adults aged 65 and older are twice as likely to be killed in a home fire compared to the general population, and falls are the leading cause of death from injuries to those in the same age group. NFPA hosts this conference annually as part of its ongoing effort to help reduce fires and falls among older adults .


The Remembering When program was developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible. Together, NFPA and CDC created 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention – to help educate and protect the most vulnerable of older adults.


Each year, NFPA awards scholarships to establish partnerships between fire departments and home visit agencies for the implementation of Remembering When at the local level.


During the conference, participants discussed effective ways to perform group presentations for older adults to teach them about fire and fall risk reduction strategies, along with tips on how to include Remembering When components into home visits. The home visits allow the program to be personalized for each client’s unique safety needs in the home.


 

NFPA recently refreshed the program with updated statistics and other material. The Remembering When program and materials are available from NFPA at no cost and can be downloaded from the Remembering When page on NFPA's website.</p>

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If you watch your local TV news this morning, there's a chance you'll see Judy Comoletti of NFPA's public education division sharing tips on how to keep your holidays fire-safe. It's all part of NFPA's "Project Holiday" campaign, where we're offering a free online toolkit filled with safety tips, reports, talking points, videos, and fun gift and tree tags to help your family and community understand the importance of fire safety this winter. Get all of the details on our Project Holiday page.

This morning, Judy is stationed at a private home north of Boston, and through the magic of a satellite media tour, is participating in more than 2 dozen television interviews with stations across the country.

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Judy Comoletti prepares to conduct another interview about holiday fire safety with one of more than two dozen TV stations around the United States.

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It's showtime!

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The crew running the satellite media tour is set up in the basement of the home.

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It's all a part of NFPA's 2013 Fire Prevention Week  campaign. The theme of this year's campaign is "Prevent Kitchen Fires". Did you know that more fires start in the kitchen thatn in any other place in the home?


 

This year, we're thrilled that an article called "10 Things You Didn't Know About Cooking Safety" by NFPA's Amy LeBeau was featured on The Huffington Post -- a great vehicle to help spread the message about cooking fire safety to a whole new audience.


 

Learn more about kitchen fire safety and this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign .</p>

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Detroit Fire Department kicked-off the 2012 FPW Domino's program



 

NFPA teams up with organizations and fire departments across the country regularly to expand the reach of fire safety information, but the biggest push by far happens each October around Fire Prevention Week . FPW, as it is referred to by many, is a time when the fire service and communities rally around fire prevention and safety. NFPA has been involved in this effort for more than 90 years as the week’s official sponsor.&#0160; FPW will take place October 6-12 this year and NFPA is once again working with a variety of groups to help spread important fire safety information. &#0160;&#0160;


 

Marking its sixth year of collaboration on what has been a very successful Fire Prevention Week public awareness program, NFPA and Domino’s are teaming up with fire departments to deliver fire safety to Domino’s customers… with pizza!&#0160; During Fire Prevention Week and throughout the month of October, in addition to fire safety tips being delivered on the top of pizza boxes, participating Domino&#39;s stores will partner with their local fire departments to reward customers who have working smoke alarms. The fire department will deliver select orders from the store aboard a fire truck and check smoke alarms at the home. If the smoke alarms are working, the pizza is free!&#0160;


 

The Home Depot encourages learning in their communities by hosting Saturday workshops year round, and in October they include a focus on fire safety. In collaboration with Kidde, local fire departments, and others, stores host community events that feature information and activities geared toward fire safety. &#0160;Last year, NFPA teamed up with The Home Depot and Kidde on Fire Prevention Week events and as part of a larger program, The Home Depot ran a sales contest for store associates where the reward to top selling stores was the ability to donate smoke alarms to their local fire department.&#0160;


 

If you are a member of a fire department and are interested in learning more about how to participate in one of these fire safety initiatives or others in your community, please email escafidi@nfpa.org today.&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;&#0160;


-Eileen Scafidi

 

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NFPA is soliciting session proposals for the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo, to be held June 9-12, in Las Vegas. The NFPA Conference & Expo is widely regarded as the most comprehensive event in the industry. With approximately 5,000 attendees, it is the year's largest and most important event for the fire protection, life safety, and electrical industries.

EdsessionIf you'd like to share your knowledge and best practices, we invite you to send us your session proposals in any of the following topic areas:

  • Electrical
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • Emergency Preparedness/Business Continuity
  • Building and Life Safety
  • Loss Control/Prevention
  • Detection and Notification
  • Fire Suppression
  • Green Initiatives
  • Public Education
  • Research

Deadline: Monday, September 16
All proposals must be submitted online.

This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise, increase your exposure and visibility in your industry, add to your resume and your list of achievements, and meet valuable contacts and resources for your professional network. In addition, all speakers will receive a complimentary registration to the NFPA Conference & Expo.

 

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NFPA is soliciting session proposals for the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo, to be held June 9-12, in Las Vegas. The NFPA Conference & Expo is widely regarded as the most comprehensive event in the industry. With approximately 5,000 attendees, it is the year's largest and most important event for the fire protection, life safety, and electrical industries.


 

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    • Electrical

    • Fire Protection Engineering

    • Fire and Emergency Services

    • Emergency Preparedness/Business Continuity

    • Building and Life Safety

    • Loss Control/Prevention

    • Detection and Notification

    • Fire Suppression

    • Green Initiatives

    • Public Education

    • Research


 

Deadline: Monday, September 16<br />All proposals must be submitted online .

This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise, increase your exposure and visibility in your industry, add to your resume and your list of achievements, and meet valuable contacts and resources for your professional network. In addition, all speakers will receive a complimentary registration to the NFPA Conference & Expo.


For assistance or questions regarding:


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[Sparky the Fire Dog | http://www.sparky.org]® was on hand for a recent photo shoot with the Toronto Blue Jays. Sparky and Blue Jays catcher, J.P. Arencibia, will be spreading fire safety messages throughout the 2013 season. The campaign will be launched on May 28 when the Blue Jays take on the Atlanta Braves in Toronto. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting campaign. Sparky is pictured with J.P. and NFPA public education advisor, Art Pullan, who is organizing this campaign.

Safety Source newsletterThe March 2013 issue of "Safety Source", NFPA’s monthly public education e-newsletter, is now available. This issue includes information on NFPA's partnership with Cupcake Digital, the creators of the new Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! app to offer fire safety tips to kids and families. The app, Wubbzy's Fire Engine Adventure, is based on episodes of the Emmy-winning Nick Jr. TV series “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!”

The issue also includes a new safety tip sheet - this time, on outdoor electrical safety. And we also offer tips on how to make emergency evacuation planning a part of every student's Individual Education Program (IEP).

Sign up today to receive our free monthly e-newsletter. "Safety Source" will give you the latest information on happenings in the public education division, Ready for Risk Watch® news, Remembering When™ activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, life saves, and more.

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To kick off Daylight Savings Time, clocks “sprang forward” at 2am Sunday morning. NFPA wants to remind everyone that this might also be a good time to change the batteries in all of your home's smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. 


To stay safe, replacing batteries in all smoke alarms should be done at least once a year, but changing them while changing all of your clocks serves as a great reminder. In addition, smoke alarms should be tested once a month and if an alarm “chirps”, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.


[For more smoke alarm safety tips, check out our downloadable tip sheet | http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=1647&itemID=39905&URL=Safety%20Information/For%20consumers/Fire%20&%20safety%20equipment/Smoke%20alarms/Smoke%20alarm%20safety%20tips]. 


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HeatingTipSheetOn my way home from NFPA's offices yesterday, I nearly dropped my smart phone while reading an email from my landlord, titled "fire safety":

Almost every day I see a house fire on the news due to improper use of extension cords and/or space heaters. Most of these homes did not have working smoke & fire detectors.

Please be careful with space heaters and fireplaces, and do not overload electrical circuits. Also, check your smoke detectors to make sure they are working, if not, let me know.

Thanks and please be safe,
David

Read this entire post by Fred Durso, staff writer for NFPA Journal.

News accounts are reporting that more than 200 people have died in an early morning fire in a nightclub in southern Brazil. 

Fires in assembly occupancies, like nightclubs, have shown to be some of the most deadly when the proper features, systems and construction materials were not present. Every so often, the unexpected happens. Anyone who enters public assembly buildings needs to be prepared.

Before you enter

  • Take a good look. Does the building appear to be in      a condition that makes you feel comfortable? Is the main entrance wide and      does it open outward to allow easy exit? Is the outside area clear of      materials stored against the building or blocking exits?
  • Have a communication plan
        
    Identify a      relative or friend to contact in case of emergency and you are separated      from family or friends.
  • Plan a meeting place
        
    Pick a meeting      place outside to meet family or friends with whom you are attending the      function. If there is an emergency, be sure to meet them there.

Learn more about how you and your loved ones can be best prepared for an emergency at a nightclub or other assembly occupancy. Download our free safety tip sheet.

Fire departments in the United States and Canada that are introducing or maintaining a fire and life safety program or campaign can have their efforts supported by the Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant.&#0160;

 

 

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