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Sparky the Fire Dog® makes marking your place while reading easy with his Bookmark Bonanza. The printable page on the Sparky website includes two bookmarks, one completed and the other that kids (or grownups) can color. Not only does the bookmark keep kids on the right page but also reminds... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Safety Source
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On a winter day there’s nothing better than enjoying a good story. Sparky the Fire Dog® has a great tale on Sparky.org that kids will love to read about a boy, a dog, a snitch, and a smoke alarm that needs some attention. “Jack and Firework: The Case of the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Safety Source
March is National Reading Month, which is devoted to creating opportunities for children to fall in love with reading and discover new ways to celebrate the joys of reading. Sparky the Fire Dog® can be a great resource as plans get underway. The Sparky School House website offers exciting ways... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Safety Source
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A Cumberland, Maryland, family is crediting a carefully formulated home escape plan with helping them quickly leave without injury when their home caught on fire recently. According to the Cumberland Times-News, the Miller family–parents Eugene and Jeanne and their children–had often talked about what they should do if a fire... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Safety Source
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This Sunday, members of the film industry will gather for the Academy Awards Ceremony. Actors, directors, writers, musicians, and others who are chosen the best in their nomination category will be invited onstage to receive the Oscar, a statuette depicting a knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Safety Source
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I am pleased to introduce Monica Colby as the newest contributor to the Safety Source blog. Monica is a fire and life safety specialist with the Rapid City Fire Department in South Dakota, and former Northwest Regional Advisor to the NFPA Public Education Division. She has been a fire and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Safety Source
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A member of NFPA’s Public Education Division Urban Fire and Life Safety Task Force has been chosen this week’s Excellent Educator by WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. The station says that Minneapolis firefighter Casidy Anderson’s passion for teaching residents in high-risk communities about fire safety made her an outstanding choice for the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Safety Source
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Learn Not to Burn® (LNTB) Kindergarten teaches six fire safety behaviors using classroom lessons, activities and home connections. The free online program can be taught as a stand-alone fire safety unit or easily integrated in language arts core curriculum lessons. The fire department can be invited to the classroom throughout... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Safety Source
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Residents of an Ohio community are grieving the loss of a mother and her three children in a fire this week. Fire officials say that Ashley Mays and her children–a five-year-old and 11-month-old twins–died in the Wednesday morning blaze in their South Point mobile home. The twins were to celebrate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Safety Source
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Sparky the Fire Dog® has lots of ideas for making Valentine’s Day fun-filled. Make a Love Mug for that special someone. This month's Sparky activity would be perfect for a friend, teacher or someone in your family. It combines a sweet treat with a reminder to test smoke alarms. Need... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Safety Source
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Weeks ago, my 18-year-old step-daughter Elizabeth let my husband and me know what she wanted for Valentine’s Day: flowers, a fruit bouquet, chocolates, and candles. I volunteered to go shopping for the candles. I selected a set of ivory pillar candles, laced with the sweet aroma of vanilla. They’re elegant... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Safety Source
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Patricia Mieszala, RN, is president of Burn Concerns, National Consultant and Education Services. She is past chair of the executive board of NFPA’s Education Member Section and formerly NFPA’s lead public education and Southwest regional advisor. Pat is nationally and internationally recognized in the areas of psychiatry, burn care, rehabilitation,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Safety Source
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Burn Awareness Week is being observed this first full week of February. It’s designed to provide an opportunity for burn, and fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing burn prevention information with the public. Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries. In addition to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Safety Source
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Fire officials credit a sprinkler system with putting out a fire at an apartment complex in Renton, Washington this week. According to the Renton Reporter, no one was injured. Three families were displaced. Officials say the fire was started by flower-shaped decorative lights resting on the carpeted floor in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Safety Source
You are absolutely right, Peter. Safety hazards never take a vacation, never take a break. It's important for everyone to keep this in mind.
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“Colossal” and “crippling” are two adjectives weather predictors have been using to describe this week’s snowstorm forecast in the Northeastern United States. The storm is expected to dump more than two feet of snow on a 250-mile stretch from New Jersey to Maine. Blizzard warnings have been issued in a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Safety Source
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The public education division of NFPA is accepting applications for the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award, which includes a $1,000 honorarium for the recipient, travel to the NFPA annual conference for an award presentation, and a $1,000 donation to the local fire department to support public... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Safety Source
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Anyone who knows me knows that the British period drama, Downton Abbey, is one of my guilty pleasures. Set in a fictional Yorkshire County estate, the television series depicts the lives of an aristocratic family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era. I sat down with a cup of Earl... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Safety Source
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The NFPA Chairman of the Board, Ernest Grant, serves as chair of the Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant committee. Each year, he and the other committee members screen applications for the grant, which provides $5,000 to a fire department–career or volunteer–located in the United States or Canada to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Safety Source
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Carbon monoxide (CO) incidents can occur any time of year, but they tend to be more common during the colder months. Half of CO incidents occurring have been reported to local fire departments across the United States between November and February. Officials can reinforce with residents the importance of having... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Safety Source
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The NFPA Educational Messages 2015 Edition Desk Reference is now available. The Desk Reference provides fire and life safety educators with accurate and consistent language for use when providing safety information to the public. The Educational Messages Advisory Committee meets periodically to review NFPA’s fire safety education messages and to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Safety Source
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A blank wall has become one of the liveliest spots at the Hillsborough Township municipal building in New Jersey. After enduring some budget setbacks, Hillsborough Township Emergency Services recently completed a fire safety education center, which includes displays on candle safety, electrical safety, and the importance of having working smoke... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Safety Source
NFPA's lovable Dan Doofus is back with a new video for the new year. Dan is reminding everyone to make sure they have enough smoke alarms in the home, test them monthly, and replace them every 10 years. The Dan Doofus series of videos is intended to convey a safety... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Safety Source
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A fire earlier this week at the home of Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera underscores the importance of heating safety. According to ESPN.com, 55 firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire at the Rivera home in the early morning hours on Monday. They found heavy smoke and flames coming from the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Safety Source
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Bundle up! That’s what weather forecasters are advising for people across much of the United States and parts of Canada this week. We’re getting the first real taste of winter with below freezing temperatures. Snow has been forecast across a 2,000 mile stretch. As the temperatures go down, people tend... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Safety Source