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Lisa Braxton
Public educator, writer, journalist
Interests: Writing, traveling, reading, fitness
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On April 12th, my husband and I celebrated our cat, Savannah’s, second birthday. As we marked the occasion, we reflected on how fast she grew from kitten to full-sized cat. Little did we know that only a few weeks after we stored away the box of birthday kibbles, we’d have... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Safety Source
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For many of us, now that the spring season is well underway, our thoughts are turning to the lengthy to-do lists we’ve made of spring cleaning and repair projects we have yet to tackle. But as we’re pulling out the mop bucket, sponges, screw drivers and hammers, let’s also carve... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Safety Source
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In Glen Rock, New Jersey, this week a lightning strike sparked a fire at a house and a neighbor is being hailed as a hero for his quick response. Police say lightning struck a tree next to the house, stripping off the bark, before traveling underground and making contact with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Safety Source
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Officials with the Peoria Fire Department, in Peoria, Arizona, say a crew responded to a home Thursday night when a family's carbon monoxide (CO) alarm was sounding. According to FOX 10, Firefighters at the scene found high concentrations of carbon monoxide at the home. Two children in the home were... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Safety Source
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Some years ago, when I was looking to rent the first floor of a three-family house in New Britain, Connecticut, I noticed that the apartment came with security bars on the interior windows. I didn’t understand the importance of the quick release mechanism on the bars–this was before I came... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Safety Source
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The Champaign Fire Department in Central Illinois is teaming up with the city’s Neighborhood Services Department and volunteers to install smoke alarms Saturday in high-risk areas. According to WAND-TV, firefighters and volunteers will meet with residents from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., offering free smoke alarm inspections and installations. Officials... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Safety Source
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It’s called the Fire Spray Challenge, a viral trend in which teens use aerosols and lighters to create streams of fire, and record their reactions for Snapchat or Instagram videos. According to the New York Daily News, there have thus far been more than 4,000 Instagram posts using the hashtag... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Safety Source
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For centuries, in many parts of the world, sky lanterns have been launched for play or as part of long-established festivals. That tradition continues; their popularity has increased in recent years. However, sky lanterns pose a serious fire safety hazard and their use is prohibited by NFPA code requirement. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Safety Source
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Remembering When Conference 2015 NFPA will select up to 30 teams to participate in the expenses-paid Remembering When™ Scholarship Conference, which will take place in San Antonio, Texas, November 14-16. Those who are interested in building local fire and fall prevention programs for older adults are encouraged to get their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Safety Source
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If you’ve thought about reading a fire safety story at school or at a community event, now is as fitting a time as any to consider doing so. D.E.A.R.–Drop Everything and Read–is a national, month-long celebration designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority. D.E.A.R. programs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Safety Source
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It wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to turn on the radio and hear Kix Brooks, best known for having been one half of the award-winning country music duo, Brooks and Dunn. But these days you’re as likely to hear him talking as singing. And what he has to say... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Safety Source
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Today, March 23rd, is National Puppy Day, a special day to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies can bring to our lives. Founded in 2006 by Pet Lifestyle Expert Colleen Paige, National Puppy Day is considered an international holiday. As puppies and their owners are celebrated, let’s also... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Safety Source
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Almost every minute of every day, there’s a call to a poison control center because a young child got into medicine. There are more medicines in the home than ever before. Three times as many prescriptions are filled in the U.S. today than in 1980, and five times as many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Safety Source
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Hoarding is a condition in which a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions. The large amount of possessions fill the home and prevent the normal use of space. Hoarding also increases the risk of fire and can put both residents and first responders in danger. NFPA’s newest safety tip... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Safety Source
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The borough of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is seeking to overhaul its property maintenance code to include a requirement for working carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in all homes - in both rentals and owner-occupied dwellings - if they either heat with fossil fuel or have an attached garage. According to Public Opinion,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Safety Source
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The fire prevention message is having an impact in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Public safety spokesman Greg Buelow says that from 1964 to 1973, the city averaged 4.4 fire deaths a year. Now the average is less than one a year. “We’re trying to educate people and look at that prevention... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Safety Source
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Escape planning was one of the topics reviewed with residents who attended the recent Family Safety Day at The Fire Museum of Maryland. This is the third year the museum has conducted this event as part of its mission to educate the public about the fire service and fire prevention... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Safety Source
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Fire officials from across Massachusetts made a public plea Friday for residents to check their smoke alarms after a recent spike in fatal fires in homes lacking working devices. The Boston Globe reports that Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey stated that 19 people have died in residential fires since January... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Safety Source
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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named the Carrsville Volunteer Fire Department of Virginia the recipient of the 2016 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. The grant will support the department’s program, “Carrsville Loves Older Adults: Remembering When There’s Love There’s A Smoke Alarm.” A collaborative effort between... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Safety Source
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NFPA has selected Sherrie Leeka, Public Education Officer for the Westminster Fire Department, Westminster, CO, the 2016 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Leeka will be recognized at NFPA’s Conference & Expo , the premier event in fire and life safety, this June in Las Vegas. The Fire... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Safety Source
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The Harris County Emergency Services District 48 Fire Department in Texas, the American Red Cross, Kingsland Baptist Church and Katy Area Community Emergency Response Team members went door-to-door Saturday to alert residents in the community about the importance of having working smoke alarms and to install new alarms in homes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at Safety Source
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Residents of a five-story apartment building in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, were evacuated this week because of elevated carbon monoxide (CO) readings. Firefighters had responded to a CO alarm. Elevated levels were detected immediately upon firefighters entering the building. According to SOOTODAY.com, dozens of residents were temporarily housed in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Safety Source
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According to Madison, Wisconsin, television station, WKOW 27, a candlelight hike at a park turned dangerous Saturday night, after brush caught fire and flames quickly took off. Sun Prairie fire officials say the fire at McCarthy Youth and Conservation Park started when a sky lantern was released during a park... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Safety Source
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On a cold winter Saturday in New England, I discovered that there’s no better way to spend the evening than at a 24-hour bowling and fun center. The venue my husband, Alex, and I picked, is a popular spot for kiddie birthday parties, league tournaments, corporate events, candlepin bowling, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Safety Source
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The Spanish version of the Learn Not to Burn® Preschool program is now available at Sparky School House, which provides a number of educational resource. By going to the “download” icon on Learn Not to Burn, you can access both the Spanish and English versions. The program, which integrates literacy,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Safety Source