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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 yesterday 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 3 days ago at Safety Source
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The staff of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum in Illinois purchased NFPA educational materials last year for the “Youth Firefighter Challenge,” the museum’s fire safety summer camp, and staff members were thrilled when they placed another order for this year’s camp because of a new feature among the Fire Prevention... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Safety Source
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When the citizens of Worcester, Massachusetts, found out that Lt. Annmarie Pickett had been chosen the 2015 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year and would receive the award at NFPA Conference they wanted to give her a sendoff she would never forget. Not only was she given the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Safety Source
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When Lt. Annmarie Pickett, public education officer for the Worcester Fire Department in Massachusetts, was told by her supervisor that she needed to be at this week’s city council meeting, she figured city officials wanted to be briefed on the partnerships she’s been forming and outreach efforts made following a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Safety Source
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NFPA has a new employee in the Public Education Division serving as regional education specialist for the Western United States. Jeff Donahue has more than 30 years’ experience in the fire service and most recently was division chief/fire marshal for the City of Reno Fire Department, where he managed all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Safety Source
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The Fire Prevention Week banner gets a lot of exposure in Whitesboro, New York. The Whitesboro Fire Department purchases one for each school in the district and presents it to school principals, who hang it in the schools for an entire year. The fire department also purchases a banner for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Safety Source
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Sparky’s® Coloring Book is a big hit with the children of Nevada, Iowa. That’s because a coloring activity conducted during Fire Prevention Week offers them the possibility of a visit to their favorite restaurant and a ride to school in a fire truck. Last year, the Nevada Fire Department, in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Safety Source
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More than 40,000 school-age children across greater Toronto and Ontario waved their fire safety banners at the special home game yesterday of the Toronto Blue Jays marked as “Fire Safety Day.” The event took place as part of the fifth annual “Swing into Summer Safety” campaign conducted by the Fire... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Safety Source
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The North Shore Fire Department in Wisconsin, recipient of the 2015 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant, is more than halfway to its goal of conducting home safety assessments as part of its “Prevent, Prepare, and React” campaign. So far, 72 of 125 assessments have been completed. A risk... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Safety Source
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Police in Rhode Island are investigating the death of a woman who fell into a fire pit. According to WCVB-TV in Boston, South Kingstown, Rhode Island, police say they responded to a 911 call Sunday afternoon stating a woman had fallen into a lit fire pit at a home. Police,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Safety Source
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In less than two weeks, summer will officially be here. I’ve compiled my summer reading list and the “hottest” choice at the top of my night table stack is a light mystery called Fire Engine Dead. It’s part of the publisher’s “Museum Mystery” series. The synopsis on the back of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Safety Source
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Since March, the Thomasville Fire Department has been preparing for its biggest fire safety event of the year, Safety Fest, which is held during Fire Prevention Week (FPW). For the past four years, the fire department, located in Thomasville, North Carolina, has partnered with the Thomasville Funeral Home in hosting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Safety Source
NFPA has produced an American Sign Language video for Fire Prevention Week (FPW) 2015. In the video, which includes a voice-over and open captioning, the public is reminded about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Safety Source
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Curriculum Services Canada (CSC) has given its seal of quality to the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council for the Canadian version and French translation of NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn® educational program for preschool, kindergarten, and level 1. A not-for-profit organization that supports the needs of learners, CSC is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Safety Source
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NFPA is excited to announce the Fire Prevention Week (FPW) theme for 2015: “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.” Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. We need your help... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Safety Source
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Ten adults and 11 children were displaced from their homes earlier this week after an apartment building caught fire in Auburn, New York. The Auburn Citizen reported that the fire was started by smoking materials, which caught fire in a trash can. Fire officials noted that smoke alarms in one... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Safety Source
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The majority of 9-1-1 calls are made from mobile phones these days. It’s important for kids to know how to use them to call 9-1-1. But this can be challenging because of the different types of mobile phones. NFPA’s new 10-minute mini-lesson, “9-1-1 on the Go: Using a Mobile Phone... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Safety Source
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National Hurricane Preparedness Week is underway and continues through Saturday, May 30th. The purpose is to spread awareness of the dangers and hazards of hurricanes and ensure that every family has a disaster plan, every business has a disaster checklist, and everyone gets out of the path of a hurricane... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at Safety Source
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It is with a heavy heart that we at NFPA say good-bye to a friend and colleague. Joe Flores, an NFPA Education Section Board director, passed away over the weekend. He was in his third year as a director (pictured above on the far right with the Education Section board... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Safety Source
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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season. According to AAA, an estimated 37.2 million Americans–a 4.7 percent increase over last year–will travel 50 miles or more between May 21 and May 25, Memorial Day. Of those travelers 89 percent will drive to their destination. Now is... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Safety Source
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In a “Kids in Action” video on PBS Kids, the Friedman family of Rhode Island talks about how they safely evacuated their home during a fire and how they’ve recovered from the experience. Ten-year-old Jonah (pictured) tells of the frightening moments of waking up to the smell of smoke the... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Safety Source
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It’s hard to turn on the television these days or flip through a magazine without being reminded that we’re in the season of spring cleaning projects. We’re given tips on how to declutter our kitchens, organize our home offices, make our bathrooms smell like a citrus forest, and sweep, swish,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Safety Source
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A fire in Palm Beach County, Florida, believed to be started by an extension cord in a mobile home, left twin 14-year-old girls dead and sent their mother to a nearby hospital early today, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. “We received news early this morning of a horrible... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Safety Source
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Recent statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that just over 59% of the U.S. population 65 and over didn’t meet muscle strengthening or aerobic exercise recommendations for physical activity. A team of researchers decided to examine the issue more closely. In interviews conducted for the... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Safety Source