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Lisa Braxton
Public educator, writer, journalist
Interests: Writing, traveling, reading, fitness
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The Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office announced this week that fewer structure fire fatalities occurred in 2015 than in any year in recorded Tennessee history, including a milestone year achieved last year. Seventy-two people died in accidental home fires across the state in 2015 - down from 76 fatalities in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Safety Source
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The Charlotte, North Carolina, and Denver, Colorado, fire chiefs are in a friendly Super Bowl challenge that could save lives. According to the Charlotte Observer, the chief of the winning team’s city will receive 200 Kidde Worry-Free 10-year sealed battery smoke-carbon monoxide alarms to install in homes in need throughout... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Safety Source
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Don Anderson of Marion, North Carolina, was taking a nap on a recent day when his combination smoke-carbon monoxide alarm sounded. "The beeping woke me up," he said. He called the fire department and fire inspector Kevin Owenby said he smelled an odor as he walked into the house. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Safety Source
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Burn Awareness Week, which begins Monday, February 1, is an opportunity for burn, and fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message. The National Scald Prevention Campaign Steering Committee Partners–a group of national and international fire, burn, and life safety organizations–have launched... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Safety Source
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One more week remains before the deadline to apply for the Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. Named in honor of Rolf H. Jensen, a leading authority on fire protection engineering, the grant is awarded annually to a local fire department to support a fire and life safety education... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Safety Source
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At least six people have died from carbon monoxide poisoning in the wake of a massive blizzard that pounded the Eastern portion of the U.S. The deaths have many fire departments, including some in the Washington, D.C. area, reminding residents to clear their home and car exhausts of snow. According... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Safety Source
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Several devastating barn fires have occurred in Canada during the past two weeks, resulting in a massive loss of animal life and millions of dollars’ worth of property damage. Two separate fires claimed the lives of 56 horses, another killed around 500 goats and 30 cattle, while yet another killed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Safety Source
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If you were given $1,000 toward public education activities for your fire department or fire marshal's office, how would you spend it? The question isn’t academic. If you meet the eligibility requirements for NFPA’s Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award, your agency could receive this donation. What’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Safety Source
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January is National Soup Month, a time when the joys of this hearty comfort food are celebrated. Restaurants are serving everything from thick and creamy concoctions, to water-based broth or consommé, to vegetable-laden chili as their "soup of the day." Churches and organizations are sponsoring "soup swaps" in which everyone... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Safety Source
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As investigations continue into numerous house fires caused by hover boards, authorities are now looking into an incident in California in which a hoverboard apparently caught fire and destroyed a woman's car. News reports state that the incident occurred in Rialto, California, while Maria Gomez was driving with her cousin... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Safety Source
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When I returned home last week after my travels during the holiday season, I turned up the thermostat and also plugged in the portable space heater to get rid of the chill. I wasn’t alone. As the temperature drops, many people are turning to electric portable space heaters to supplement... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Safety Source
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If a two-story house in Weymouth, Massachusetts, had not had working smoke alarms, the outcome of a recent fire could have been far different. Smoke alarms alerted the people living in the home to a fire in the attic. Everyone was able to escape safely. According to the Weymouth News,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Safety Source
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On New Year’s Eve I was back in Bridgeport, Connecticut, my hometown, with my family, looking forward to watching the television broadcast of the ball dropping at Times Square. We had no idea of the misfortune that was unfolding across town that day. About 120 people were forced from their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Safety Source
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After firefighters in a Massachusetts town responded to a fire last week blamed on an overloaded and improper extension cord, the chief is urging the community to celebrate safely by using precautions when decorating their homes. “The holidays are a festive and wonderful time of year where we come together... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Safety Source
Officials with the North Shore Fire Department, Bayside, Wisconsin, say expectations were exceeded with the Prevent, Prepare, and React initiative, funded by NFPA’s Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. The major goals of the program were to ensure that residents over 65 had working smoke alarms on every level... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Safety Source
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Many of us are busy these days decorating our homes for the holidays, choosing favorite recipes for lunches and dinners, and tidying up. As we prepare to make family and friends comfortable when they visit, let’s keep their safety in mind too. It’s not only important to test smoke alarms... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Safety Source
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NFPA has just added a new safety tips sheet in Spanish to its library of free, downloadable materials. The tips sheet on heating can be customized with the name of the fire department or organization and contact information. The new tips sheet is one of many provided in Spanish. Tips... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Safety Source
NFPA's lovable Dan Doofus is back in a new video, "Yule Light Up My Life," to remind us how to have a fire-safe holiday with just a few simple steps. The Dan Doofus series is intended to convey a safety message in a light-hearted, entertaining way. It is not intended... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Safety Source
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A little girl in New York state with burns over 75 percent of her body has only one wish for Christmas this year–enough cards to fill her aunt's card tree. According to WGN-TV, two years ago, Safyre Terry's father and three younger siblings were killed in a fire caused by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Safety Source
The holiday wish for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service of Ontario is for all residents to have a merry, bright and safe holiday season. In cooperation with Rogers TV a new holiday video has been created to show you how to minimize the risks of fire and keep your family... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Safety Source
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The Toronto Fire Services officially launched Ontario’s 4th annual “12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety” campaign today with its largest-ever public assembly of fire inspectors at the Scarborough Town Centre in Toronto. The 101 Fire Inspectors joined Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Yasir Naqvi (right), Toronto Fire Chief... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Safety Source
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Lt. Annmarie Pickett, public education officer for the Worcester Fire Department in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the 2015 NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year can describe the months since she was chosen for the award in one word–surreal. “The 400 members within our department now know all of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Safety Source
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Traditional and social media played a big role in the success of this years’ “Keeping Our Kids Safe–School Outreach Program,” in which NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn® program was prominently featured. Sponsored by the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at Safety Source
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The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council, in partnership with the Toronto Fire Service, is launching the “12 Days of Holiday Safety” next week. The campaign kicks off at Scarborough Town Centre in Toronto. One hundred one fire inspectors and public educators from Toronto are scheduled to attend and will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Safety Source
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One of the deadliest Christmas tree fires on record occurred almost 25 years ago when a Michigan father and six of his children were killed after the Christmas tree caught fire and the fire spread throughout the home. According to the Plymouth-Canton Patch, Martin Dell’Orco tried to remove the burning... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Safety Source