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Anyone who drives into the village of Wauregan, Connecticut, past the Atwood Hose Fire Company where one of NFPA’s regional directors, Robert Duval, is chief, will likely notice the brightly colored Fire Prevention Week banner suspended between two poles in front of the station. Atwood Hose and many other fire... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Safety Source
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State fire marshal Steven Coan spoke about the importance of the Senior Safe Program in helping older adults live safely in their homes. Hundreds of fire and life safety educators, primarily from the Northeast, have convened in Westford, Massachusetts, for the 20th Annual Fire and Life Safety Education Conference. Hosted... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Safety Source
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One of my favorite gourmet shops had a fire recently. According to the Weymouth News, Previte’s Marketplace in East Weymouth, Massachusetts, sustained more than $25,000 in damage. Officials say the stubborn fire was caused by careless disposal of smoking materials that ignited the mulch bed near the entrance. The fire... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Safety Source
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The employees at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Albany, California, know to check the bulletins posted around their workplace every couple of weeks for the latest fire safety information. Safety Coordinator Elizabeth MacGowan rotates topics based on the seasons, holidays, and other relevant criteria. “The material on your website is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Safety Source
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Fire service representatives from several local departments in Nebraska, officials from the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office, Nebraska Forest Service, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, gathered at the state capitol as Governor Dave Heineman signed the Fire Prevention Week proclamation. Template governor and mayor proclamations are available on the Fire Service... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Safety Source
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The countdown to Fire Prevention Week is on for NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Leading up to FPW, Fire Prevention Manager Jerry Clark uses NFPA’s Fast Facts about Fire as his source for posting a daily fact about the dangers of fire on the research center’s Facebook... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Safety Source
Dwight: The recent editions of NFPA 72 have drawn a distinction between the two. There isn’t a 1969 edition, but NFPA 74, 1967 edition says the following: CHAPTER 1. GENERAL ARTICLE 100. DEFINITIONS 1010. Throughout this standard the following meanings are intended: Household Fire Warning System: A system of devices that produces an audible alarm signal in the household for the purpose of notifying the occupants of the presence of a fire so they may evacuate the premises. Household: A one- or two-family private dwelling. Alarm Signal: An audible signal indicating a fire condition. Trouble Signal: An indication distinctive from the alarm signal warning of a failure of the system. Smoke Detector: A device which detects visible or invisible products of combustion. Heat Detector: A device which detects abnormally high temperature or rate-of-temperature rise. Single Station Alarm Device: An assembly incorporating the detector and the alarm sounding device in one unit, operated from a power supply either at the unit, or obtained at the point of installation.
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You might notice some extra activity this week at your local parks, shopping malls, YMCA’s, health clubs, and senior centers. Today marks the beginning of Active Aging Week, the annual health promotion led by the International Council on Active Aging®. From September 21 to 27, host organizations throughout North America... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Safety Source
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The 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day is being observed Tuesday, September 23rd, the first day of fall. Forty-eight states and the National Falls Free® Initiative, led by the National Council on Aging, are championing the cause. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every 14 seconds... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Safety Source
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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 Sep 18, 2014 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 Sep 17, 2014 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 Sep 15, 2014 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 Sep 12, 2014 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