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A member of Baltimore City Council joined dozens of firefighters recently in a neighborhood smoke alarm sweep. According to WJZ-TV, City Councilman Warren Branch went door-to-door with fire officials to talk to residence about the importance of fire safety. This comes after seven fatal fires in the city this year.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Safety Source
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Volunteer firefighter Melanie Brown is willing to climb great heights to make sure that everyone who passes by Shanty Bay Fire Station # 1, north of Toronto, sees this year’s Fire Prevention Week banner and knows the Fire Prevention Week theme: “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Safety Source
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The National Fire Protection Association and Safe Kids Worldwide are teaming up in a formal partnership to promote fire and life safety, bringing together the strengths of both organizations. To kick off the partnership, the organizations are co-hosting a webinar on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. EST. The... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Safety Source
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The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council Distribution Center, in Brockville, Ontario, is busier than ever these days with Fire Prevention Week less than six weeks away. FPW materials have been received and work is underway assembling kits. Summer student Tobin Wade (pictured above) has been organizing packages of brochures,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Safety Source
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Smoke alarms likely helped save the life of an 8-year-old girl in Camanche, Iowa. According to KWQC-TV6, Alysia Schomer wanted to stay home on a recent Saturday while the rest of her family went a few blocks away to a parade in town. During a nap she woke up to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Safety Source
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I was shopping in the home department at one of the big box stores during the weekend and had to squeeze my cart past aisles filled with parents and their teenagers, shopping for sheets and comforters, lamps, and pillows, small appliances, and furnishings, all designed to make the dorm room... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Safety Source
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Firefighters concerned with the number of fire-related deaths in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, this year, spent time one evening last week installing smoke alarms in homes. According to Tuscaloosa News, Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service firefighters visited homes in a neighborhood where two men died in a fire earlier this month. According... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Safety Source
A zip-lining Sparky the Fire Dog®, firefighters grooving to the beat, TV personalities leading a crowd in a spectacular performance of singing and dancing. All of these elements came together in Ontario for the Barrie Fire and Emergency Services and Simcoe County Fire Department flash mob video launch of Fire... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Safety Source
Sparky the Fire Dog ® is all sketched out about Fire Prevention Week 2015. Thanks to the United States Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Fire and Emergency Services, NFPA has a new Fire Prevention Week short video to spread the word on the importance of working smoke alarms in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Safety Source
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NFPA has just added new safety tips sheets in German to its ever-growing library of free, downloadable materials. The tips sheets are on cooking safety and smoking safety. NFPA offers safety tips sheets on a variety of fire and life safety topics. Many of them can be customized with the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Safety Source
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Police in Altoona, Pennsylvania, say dogs trying to get at a box of cupcakes left on top of a stove apparently started a small fire in a home there earlier this week. According to news reports, the landlord told police that he stopped by his tenant’s home to let out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Safety Source
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For Captain Sheldon Guertin (pictured at right), life safety educator with Kamloops Fire Rescue in British Columbia, being a public educator is about sharing ideas while improving delivery of his program. That’s why, he says, participating in the Remembering When™ Scholarship Conference last year was so important to him. During... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Safety Source
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If you’re interested in applying for the Remembering When™ Scholarship Conference, you only have two more days to do so. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, August 12, 2015. This year NFPA is selecting teams from up to 25 communities to participate. The Conference, which includes a training workshop, will... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Safety Source
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A homeowner and several pets were able to escape a fire that ripped through a home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last week. According to Tulsa World, the blaze occurred in the morning. Fire officials say the fire began in the living room of the single-story home before spreading. Smoke alarms alerted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Safety Source
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While I was vacationing in Spain last week, in the city of Málaga, the southernmost large city in Europe, I was drawn to the exotic horticulture of a nearby park and the architecture and designer shopping boutiques at a popular plaza. But one of the discoveries I made that sticks... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Safety Source
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Since Mary MacCaffrie, public education administrator for the New Hampshire Office of the Fire Marshal, along with Dottie Gove, program director of Home Care for Child and Family Services in New Hampshire, were trained on NFPA’s Remembering When™ program during the Scholarship Conference, the program partners have not only conducted... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Safety Source
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Ben Hammond, a firefighter in Arkansas with the Little Rock Fire Department and a volunteer with the Sheridan Fire Department Fire Prevention Division, has been teaching fire prevention in the schools for years and has brought those lessons home to his family. He says his three sons consider home fire... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Safety Source
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Imagine talking to 10,000 people about fire safety in one weekend. Raleigh Fire Department Fire Prevention Coordinator/Deputy Fire Marshal Ronald Campbell says his department reaches at least that many shoppers during Fire Prevention Week while exhibiting at a local North Carolina mall using materials from FPW in a Box. “I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Safety Source
The Boston Fire Department has created a video to increase awareness of the toll cancer has taken on its members. The video encourages today’s firefighters to take steps to reduce their exposure to toxins by using self-contained breathing apparatus longer while on the scene of a fire, wearing their hoods... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Safety Source
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When my dear friend Sandra Wills Hannon and I met for lunch the other day in Maryland, we had a lot of catching up to do. We hadn’t seen each other in 11 years, largely because I’d relocated to another part of the country. I knew we’d cover the topics... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Safety Source
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The summer 2015 issue of a Lincoln, Nebraska, magazine features a team that recently presented NFPA’s Remembering When™ program to the older adult community. Living Well magazine covers topics of importance to the older adult population, their families, and community organizations. The article focused on an event called “Thrive” held... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Safety Source
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For the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Alabama National Fair, which begins in October, is the ideal place to showcase Fire Prevention Week. The fire marshal’s office rents three booths and turns them into one large exhibition area. Space is set aside for a screen which shows Sparky and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Safety Source
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If you live in St. Louis, Missouri, it’s nearly impossible to not be aware of Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week is a month-long event there. Throughout October, firefighters spend time at the day care centers, preschools, grade schools, assisted-living centers, and local businesses spreading the word about fire safety.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Safety Source
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When Patrick Tourville, deputy fire marshal for the Simsbury Fire District in Connecticut, begins preparing for Fire Prevention Week, he assembles a combination of free educational materials, including NFPA safety tips sheets, and items for purchase, such as FPW in a Box. “I have six stations in my town,” he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at Safety Source
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NFPA is selecting teams from up to 25 communities to participate in the 2015 Remembering When™ Scholarship Conference. The Conference, which includes a training workshop, will be held November 4-6 in Orlando, Florida. Participants will receive training to reach older adults with fire and fall prevention education through group presentations... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Safety Source