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I’ll never forget the day I got my first library card. I was just learning to read and was amazed to find out that with my library card I could bring home all the books I wanted for free. That moment marked the beginning of my love affair with books.... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Safety Source
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A Massachusetts couple and their two young grandchildren are recovering after being taken to the hospital earlier this week with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. The family got sick after the car was left running in the garage. The car was a newer model with a push button ignition. According to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Safety Source
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Nine-year-old Hector Montoya, of Texas, really wanted a Playstation 4. He’d been saving up for months to purchase his dream toy. But then he saw a sad story on the news. A mother and daughter in a nearby town died in a fire. Officials say the home didn’t have a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Safety Source
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A fire destroys a home. The owner barely gets out alive. The fire department investigation determines that the fire’s place of origin is a kitchen “junk” drawer. The cause? Nine-volt batteries loose in the drawer. A metal object touched the posts of the batteries, causing a short circuit, which created... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Safety Source
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Chambersburg Fire Department Assistant Chief Butch Leonhard, Captain Jackie Umberger and Fire Chief William FitzGerald Officials from the Chambersburg Fire Department, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, recently celebrated receiving their plaque for the 2014 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. The plaque honors the department for its dedication to fire and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Safety Source
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Imagine spending months planning a beautiful wedding ceremony only to have the building go up in flames as you exchange your vows. That’s what happened to a bride and groom in Foxborough, Massachusetts, last week. According to the Boston Globe, as the couple said “I do,” guests in the historic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Safety Source
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The Chambersburg Fire Department, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is the winner of the 2014 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. The $5,000 Grant will support the department’s campaign, “The Smoke Alarm is Sounding: Know What to Do.” During a smoke alarm installation program in 2013, the fire department conducted a survey... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Safety Source
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Samantha Hoffman, public fire and life safety officer for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, Barrie, Ontario, has been named the 2014 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Hoffmann has been using NFPA educational materials since 1989. She began her fire safety career as the Fire Marshal and Emergency... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Safety Source
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Methuen Fire In Massachusetts last month, two separate fires took the lives of two couples in their late 70s to 80s and authorities do not believe that smoke alarms were working in either instance. In the more recent fire, in Methuen, firefighters could not get to the couple until they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Safety Source
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Methuen Fire In Massachusetts last month, two separate fires took the lives of two couples in their late 70s to 80s and authorities do not believe that smoke alarms were working in either instance. In the more recent fire, in Methuen, firefighters could not get to the couple until they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Safety Source
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Monday, March 10, 2014, is the last day to apply for the Remembering When Conference to be held this year in Las Vegas June 4-6, prior to the NFPA Conference & Expo June 9-12. NFPA will select teams from up to 25 communities to receive training on reaching older adults... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Safety Source
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Folks, it’s not over yet. Weather forecasters tell us that bitterly cold air from the Arctic Ocean will cause temperatures across a substantial portion of the United States to plunge this week. From the Midwest to the Northeast, snow is expected. March is only days away, but winter refuses to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Safety Source
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We’re in the final countdown for NFPA 2014 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award applications. Materials must be received by the close of business on Friday, February 21st. The Educator of the Year receives a $1,000 honorarium and travel to Las Vegas to the NFPA annual Conference... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Safety Source
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Many of us are spending long hours indoors because of wintry weather and frigid temperatures. We may be running the appliances more than usual as we catch up on household chores, flipping the lights on and off throughout the day, and plugging in the power tools to finally complete that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Safety Source
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A bouquet of flowers, dinner for two, and mood lighting provided by glowing, flickering candles. These are the ingredients for a memorable Valentine’s Day. But be careful. As you stoke the flames of romance you don’t want a crew of firefighters to be your uninvited guests. NFPA’s Candle Fires Report... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Safety Source
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Firefighters say it is possible that a fire that gutted a home owned by Polaroid Chairman and philanthropist Robert Sager started in the fireplace. Sager’s two adult children and a house guest escaped but Sager was trapped on the second floor until the property manager arrived with a ladder to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Safety Source
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Eight children and their mother were killed in an early morning house fire in western Kentucky yesterday, with only the injured father and an 11-year-old girl escaping, Kentucky State Police said. According to authorities, eight of the people were found in a master bedroom while the ninth person was found... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Safety Source
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As her year as NFPA’s Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year comes to a close, Tracy Koslowski, public education/information manager and fire marshal for the Drexel Heights Fire District in Tucson, Arizona, reflects on keys to success in public education. Here are highlights from her article on the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Safety Source
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I go to my doctor’s office for a checkup every year. They draw blood, tap me on the knee with a funny looking hammer, ask me all kinds of personal questions, and—the worst part of all—make me get on the scale to record my weight. I never look forward to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Safety Source
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Heavy snow falls and storms, downed power lines, and utility company blackouts can all lead to power outages. Many people turn to a portable generator for a temporary solution. As part of their “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign, NFPA and the United States Fire Administration encourage the public... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Safety Source
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In Austin, Texas, Sunday morning, EMS workers rescued six people with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Initial reports stated that five people were suffering and one was unconscious. They were all hospitalized for treatment. According to NFPA’s “Non-Fire Carbon Monoxide Incidents” report, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 80,100 non-fire... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Safety Source
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At the end of each year the recipient of the Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant provides us with a final report of accomplishments. The 2013 winner was the Springfield Fire Department, Springfield, Massachusetts. Officials there say the grant enabled them to help residents change unsafe cooking and heating... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Safety Source
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The frigid temperatures that have gripped much of the nation have led many of us to crank up the heat. As we try to stay warm in what are brutal conditions for many of us, let’s stay safe as well. According to NFPA’s most recent heating report, in 2011 heating... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Safety Source
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Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree, Such pleasure do you bring me! The lyrics to this holiday classic, based on a German folk song, are so true. My Frasier Fir did bring me pleasure this holiday season. It was a delight to roam the tree farm until I found it,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Safety Source
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When I was growing up black-eyed peas played a big role in our New Year’s Day observances. The tradition was passed down in my family for generations. My mother would soak the peas overnight before preparing. The aroma filled our kitchen. Cooking is a major part of many New Year’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Safety Source