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Conversations I’ve had with my sister recently about smoke alarm safety have paid off. For months, Sylvia has been concerned about the smoke alarms in her house. One alarm didn’t seem to be working and had her worried. She sent a request to the non-emergency page of the Montgomery County... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Safety Source
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The Chambersburg Fire Department, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, reports a successful year of fire prevention with the support of the Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. In his final report to NFPA, Howard R. Leonard Jr., Emergency Services Chief, said the fire prevention team was especially pleased with the Remembering... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Safety Source
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A Georgia six-year-old is being heralded as a hometown hero for saving his family from fire. According to Northwest Georgia News, on the morning of November 14, Timothy Hall woke up to discover that his house was on fire and filling with smoke. Hall, who had recently learned escape planning... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Safety Source
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Fire safety is never far from the minds of NFPA staff members, even when it comes to choosing decorations for the organization’s Christmas tree. The 12-foot artificial tree stands majestically in the lobby of NFPA headquarters, adorned with traditional ribbons, ornaments, and lights. Anyone who takes a close look will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Safety Source
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The holidays are a time for families and friends to come together. But that also means there’s a greater risk of fire. Sparky the Fire Dog’s color-by-number activity and coloring pages help remind the kids and adults about fire safety during the holiday season. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Safety Source
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Who doesn’t love a good Mad Lib, especially one from Sparky? Kids will love to fill in details about Sparky the Fire Dog’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas while learning important safety messages. The printout is perfect for the classroom or a take-home assignment. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Safety Source
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Space heaters have been identified as the cause of a house fire in Columbia, South Carolina, Saturday morning in which a husband and wife died. According to The State, fire officials say that the home had multiple space heaters. The investigation continues. The peak months for home heating fires are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Safety Source
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Local volunteers from two fire departments, the local American Red Cross chapter, and the Salvation Army went door-to-door in a South Carolina community recently to make sure residence had working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. More than 100 homes were reached with donated smoke alarms. According to News... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Safety Source
In his latest video series, Sparky the Fire Dog® teaches children the importance of wildfire safety. The series, which includes three videos, provides a fun, easy way parents and children can work together to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to their homes and around their neighborhoods. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Safety Source
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It appears that Santa’s elves can be troublemakers. According to the children’s picture book, Elf on the Shelf, Santa knows who’s been good or bad because his scout elves visit children between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and report back to him. In a turnabout, the Elf on the Shelf is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Safety Source
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In acknowledgment of changes to the Ontario Fire Code, Barrie Fire and Emergency Services, in cooperation with Rogers TV, has created a new holiday video to thank the staff of care facilities for familiarizing themselves with their fire safety plan and conducting fire drills. Ontario became the first province to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Safety Source
Campus Firewatch, which works to improve fire safety at schools and in communities, has found a creative way to talk about the importance of smoke alarms. Its “Smoke Alarms, Every House, Every Floor” video was developed using VideoScribe software, which creates whiteboard animation for visual storytelling. Through fast-paced illustrations and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Safety Source
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As a regional advisor to NFPA’s Public Education Division, I spend much of my time helping state educators develop the most educationally sound fire and life safety information they can for the public. One of the many rewarding parts of my job is when an educator finds a new approach... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Safety Source
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Even staff members of the Public Education Division of the National Fire Protection Association need a refresher every so often on fire safety behaviors. I initially felt too embarrassed to share this, but because of gentle prodding from my co-worker, Karen Berard-Reed, I’m telling my story. Over the weekend, I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Safety Source
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The month of November featured frequent periods of early-season arctic air and snow, which set records in many sections of the United States. Des Moines, Iowa, for instance, had ten straight days of subfreezing temperatures. Macon, Georgia, had its earliest teens on record–17 degrees–on November 19. Buffalo, New York, recorded... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Safety Source
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In the wake of an incident in which guests at a Maine resort got sick earlier this year from carbon monoxide (CO), a proposal is heading to the legislature requiring CO alarms in all homes and hotels. According to firehouse.com the president of the state firefighters’ union is working with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Safety Source
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Are you a fire and life safety educator who takes a lead role in making your community safer? Do you work for a local fire department? Use NFPA materials in a creative and consistent way? Demonstrate excellence and innovation? If so, you’ll want to consider applying for the 2015 Fire... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Safety Source
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Fire officials in Wausau, Wisconsin, have begun their annual “Keep the Wreath Green” campaign to raise fire safety awareness during the holiday season. The wreath, which firefighters placed in front of the Grand Avenue fire station on Thanksgiving Day, is decorated with green bulbs that are changed to red with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Safety Source
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When my husband and I adopted our kitten, Savannah, in the spring, we had no idea how exhausting she would be. In her world, playtime begins the moment we get home from work and doesn’t end until “lights out.” You can imagine what it’s like in our household on weekends.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Safety Source
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Authorities say a candle caused a fire inside a dorm room on the campus of Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania this week. According to WPXI.com, university relations officials say a student knocked over a burning candle. The fire was contained to the room and quickly put out. No one was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Safety Source
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According to the National Restaurant Association, 15 million people will eat their Thanksgiving Day meal at a restaurant. In addition, 32 million Americans are expected to dine out while shopping on Black Friday. If a favorite eating establishment will be serving your Thanksgiving holiday meal, take a few minutes to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Safety Source
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For some of us one of the biggest undertakings before sitting down to the Thanksgiving meal this week won’t be preparing food or figuring out how to keep guests entertained, but traveling to where the Thanksgiving dinner is being served. I’ll be crossing two state lines to get to my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Safety Source
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Two brothers are recovering from burn injuries after a fire at their home this week, which fire officials say originated by a space heater. The fire occurred in the Huntsville, Texas, area. According to The Huntsville Item, one brother suffered severe burns to his upper body as well as smoke... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Safety Source
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Fire departments can access social media tools designed to help them share the carbon monoxide alarm safety message in their communities by using the carbon monoxide (CO) alarm toolkit. "Keeping Your Community Safe with Carbon Monoxide Alarms" toolkit, designed by NFPA and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, includes a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Safety Source
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Next Thursday family and friends will gather for fellowship and food as they give thanks for the blessings of the harvest. For many, Thanksgiving is a time of celebration. While meals are being planned and guest lists fine-tuned, fire safety precautions should be reviewed. Thanksgiving is the leading day of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Safety Source