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There’s a new twist on the “swear jar” this week at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Fire officials and fire and life safety educators participating in the Urban Fire and Life Safety–Issues and Solutions class aren’t putting money in a jar every time they swear, they’re putting money... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Safety Source
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The Remembering When program just got better! Support materials for the fire and fall prevention program for older adults are now available in Spanish and Mandarin. You can download prevention message cards, safety tip sheets, home safety checklists, and prevention flyers for free. Remembering When is centered around 16 key... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Safety Source
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Temperature have begun to dip in some parts of the country, which means that people are switching on furnaces and space heaters for the first time in months. In today’s edition of the Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau Fire Department officials are urging residents to take precautions when using furnaces, space... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Safety Source
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Teachers can introduce Fire Prevention Week to students through fun, interactive lessons and activities, including music and movment fire safety videos, Common Core-aligned lesson plans and take home materials to get families involved. Students get to learn all about smoke alarms and why it's so important to test them each... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Safety Source
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Everything the fire service needs to run a successful Fire Prevention Week campaign is provided at fpw.org. The page includes step-by-step instructions the fire service can use for implementing a campaign; media materials, including sample news releases, letters to the editor, and op-eds; and safety tips. This year’s campaign, “Working... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Safety Source
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Wish your friends and family a Happy Fire Prevention Week with a Sparky e-card. In addition, Sparky has an array of delightful cards to just say hi, send happy birthday wishes, or mark the holidays or a special occasion. Check out the Sparky’s “For Kids and Families” page for more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Safety Source
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Students have gone back to school, Labor Day is behind us. Now the celebration for older adults begins.National Senior Center Month is celebrated every September. It’s a time when senior centers shine the spotlight on career fairs, financial and health fitness workshops, expos, and lifelong learning classes they offer. Centers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Safety Source
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One of the essential components of a smoke alarm installation program is supplies: smoke alarms, batteries, ladders, drills, and other items. But not all fire departments have the means to purchase the supplies. That’s where grants can help. A few years ago, the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office applied for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Safety Source
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I am pleased to introduce Kelly Ransdell as the newest contributor to the Safety Source blog. As the southern regional advisor to the NFPA Public Education Division, she works with state educators in 11 southern states to assist with fire and life safety information. She is a liaison to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Safety Source
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During a recent Saturday I spent a lovely afternoon with friends at a Cape Cod waterfront resort. The grounds were breathtaking and terraced. The resort’s restaurant overlooked a patio, cabanas, and two beaches. Sailboats bobbed in the distance. The afternoon started out in the mid-80s, but by dusk the temperature... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Safety Source
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The Missouri State Fair, held earlier this month in Sedalia, Missouri, featured hands-on activities, competitions, thrilling amusement rides, and world-class entertainment. One of the most enthusiastic participants was Sparky the Fire Dog. He played Frisbee with the kids, rode a mechanical bull, washed windows at a lemonade stand, and even... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Safety Source
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Honolulu firefighters are reminding residents to test their smoke alarms to make sure they’re working. Interviewed recently by local television station KITV, Honolulu Fire Department Battalion Chief Terry Seelig stated that 70 to 80 percent of homes have smoke alarms, but of those, only 70 to 80 percent have ones... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Safety Source
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An essential component of a smoke alarm installation program is supplies: smoke alarms, batteries, ladders, drills, and other equipment. Many fire departments seek donations from local businesses to get the supplies they need. Planning and Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program has great suggestions for how to identify businesses... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Safety Source
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Sparky’s Birthday Surprise app has a Parents’ Choice® Award. Parents’ Choice Foundation serves as a trusted and independent source for educators and librarians, journalists, and families searching for quality children’s media and toys. During the lengthy screening process Sparky’s Birthday Surprise app was evaluated on design and function, educational value,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Safety Source
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Kids can make their own custom pencils this month on Sparky.org. This craft is easy to do at after-school programs and open houses. It provides an opportunity to have kids create a home fire escape plan with an outside meeting place with their new pencils! It also includes a Sparky... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Safety Source
If you’re looking for a great tool that provides all of the essentials about smoke alarms, you’ll want to view the Home Smoke Alarm Basics video, free on the smoke alarm page of the NFPA website. The video describes the type of alarm that should be used for the best... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Safety Source
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College campus dorms and off-campus housing will soon be filled with students embarking on their first college experience or returning from summer break. Along with getting acclimated to a new class schedule, social activities, and the campus culture, it’s important for students to know what to do in case of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Safety Source
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The Seattle Fire Department finds that door-to-door canvassing is one of the best ways to reach residents who need smoke alarms installed. William Mace, Seattle Fire Department Education and Outreach Coordinator says that canvassing helps to build trust in the community and allows firefighters to hear directly from residents. You... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Safety Source
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St. Louis has been named the most fire safe metropolitan city in the Midwest by an insurance organization. According to CBS Radio, HomeownersInsurance.com ranked the 10 largest Midwest metros, outlining residential fire risk, preparedness, and response time to fires. St. Louis was given high marks for having a high percentage... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Safety Source
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The Nashville Fire Department is working with the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools to ensure local students have the ability to stay safe in the event of fire. In a charge lead by Assistant Fire Chief, Manuel Fonseca, and school leaders, all students in pre-K through grade 2 will be taught... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Safety Source
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Summer travel season is in high gear. Millions of motorists are on the road. Keeping your vehicle properly maintained and serviced could not only reduce your chances of a breakdown, but also prevent a car fire. NFPA’s vehicle safety tips provide important reminders. Have your car serviced regularly by a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Safety Source
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Public fire safety professionals from each state and province serve in NFPA's Public Education Network. Working closely with the Public Education Advisors, the network representatives provide support to local fire and life safety educators, sharing ideas, resolving challenges, and recognizing accomplishments related to fire safety education. Check out the new... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Safety Source
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Having the trust of the community is essential to a successful smoke alarm installation program, says Columbus (Ohio) Fire Department Lieutenant David Sawyer. Columbus is challenged by neighborhood youth gangs, violent crime, and drug activity. The department builds coalitions to establish the trust needed to get smoke alarms installed where... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Safety Source
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Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department in Tennessee has a new fire safety house. According to The Tennessean, the educational trailer is set to bring fire safety lessons to local schools this fall. The custom-built trailer has warming interior doors to teach children to feel for heat when opening doors, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Safety Source
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Milwaukee firefighters canvassed a neighborhood last week with neighborhood block watch members, representatives of the police department, the Department of Neighborhood Services, Safe and Sound Milwaukee, and the local alderman’s office. Assistant Fire Chief Gerard Washington joined in the canvassing to show his support and meet with community leaders. Firefighters... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Safety Source