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Communities across the U.S. and Canada are gearing up for National Night Out, an event commonly held in early August to increase awareness about drug prevention efforts, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime programs. Typically organized by block watches, nonprofits, and police departments, National Night Out programs also seek to raise... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Safety Source
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In Colorado, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority Deputy Fire Marshal Scott Pringle does a presentation with older adults called, “The Price is Life.” This interactive presentation, which includes NFPA’s Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, has a trivia game show-style format, PowerPoint presentation, lecture, and discussion.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Safety Source
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The overall goal of any successful smoke alarm installation program is to save lives, says St. Louis Fire Department Battalion Chief Derrick Phillips, and evaluating the program’s effectiveness is key. Phillips is one of many officials featured in NFPA’s “Planning and Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program.” The guide,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Safety Source
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The Fire Prevention Week kids' page let's kids solve Sparky's secret safety message and make their own decoder ring with the newest crack the code activity. The kids' page offers a number of other fun and educational activities, including a smoke alarm hidden picture and a Happy Fire Prevention Week... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Safety Source
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Fire and life safety educators are asked to speak at a variety of venues. Careful planning can make the difference between an excellent presentation and one that leaves the audience yawning. A 10 minute mini-lesson is challenging because it requires that the presenter be effective in a short period of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Safety Source
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Photo courtesy of Christian Sann, Boston Harbour Association Sparky the Fire Dog delighted children of all ages last weekend at a health promotion and injury prevention fair. Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Massachusetts, hosted the fair. Exhibits focused on stroke risk assessment, bike and water safety, and fire and burn... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Safety Source
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Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels, such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane, burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. NFPA’s updated carbon monoxide safety... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Safety Source
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Summertime is a great time for the kids to write poetry. They can work on their literary pursuits in the form of acrostics with NFPA’s Write a Sparky Poem printable on the Fire Prevention Week Kids’ page. It has a sample poem and word bank with a fire safety theme... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Safety Source
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There’s nothing like taking a stroll on the beach on a summer day and collecting colorful treasures from the sea. Seashell collecting is a fun activity for both the kids and adults and is the topic of Sparky’s latest Cool to Do activity. Along with directions for making a glow... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Safety Source
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Fourth of July festivities for 2014 have concluded, but accidents that occurred that day involving fireworks will have a lasting impact on individuals, families, and entire communities across the country. According to news reports, the chief meteorologist for WXYZ Channel 7 in Detroit underwent surgery Wednesday to remove his left... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Safety Source
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You won’t see them competing on “America’s Next Top Model.” Nor will they be on the runways of Milan, Paris, New York, or London. But these models made quite a splash recently at the Paradise Community Center in Las Vegas. They are Las Vegas metropolitan police officers, Clark County firefighters,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Safety Source
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At the third annual senior carnival in Warren County, Virginia, older adults participated in classic carnival games, made new friends, and listened to their favorite music. They also learned how to reduce their risk of falls in the home by improving lighting, being aware of uneven surfaces, exercising, and using... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Safety Source
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Many of us will be taking mini vacations this holiday weekend. Along with safety precautions we’ll take on the road and in-flight, let’s also keep safety in mind once we reach our destination. If you plan to stay at a hotel/motel, choose one that’s protected by both smoke alarms and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Safety Source
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As the Fourth of July approaches, fireworks tents are dotting the American landscape, giving some consumers easy access to the explosive devices. However, fireworks are not safe in the hands of consumers. According to NFPA’s Fireworks Report, in 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Safety Source
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NFPA’s revised lightning safety tip sheet has clear, concise messaging to appeal to wider audiences about the dangers of lightning. Thunder and lightning storms happen all the time, but lightning strikes and lightning fires occur most often in the summer. As the National Weather Service commemorates Lightning Safety Awareness Week,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Safety Source
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We’ve all heard of all-star athletes, all-star movie actors, and the all-stars of reality TV. Now you can be an all-star too! A patriotic all-star. Do you have what it takes to correctly answer 16 Independence Day trivia questions? You won’t know until you try. Take Sparky the Fire Dog's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Safety Source
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A smoke alarm installation program in your community can make a measurable difference in reducing deaths and injuries from fire. The updated “Planning and Implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program” is a comprehensive guide including everything you’ll need to get started, from tips on how to select volunteers, to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Safety Source
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The Urban Fire and Life Safety Education Task Force met in Las Vegas June 6-7 in advance of the NFPA Conference and Expo. The task force, composed of public fire safety educators/community risk reduction officers from North American cities with populations of 250,000 or more, examines the unique challenges facing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Safety Source
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Members of the fire service and allied health professionals who recently participated in the annual Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults conference have returned to their communities and are now implementing the program. The 2 ½ day conference took place the first week of June... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Safety Source
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My husband and I adopted a kitten last weekend. We’ve named her Savannah. Actually, I named her Savannah and my husband agreed to go along with it. I now know why people say that kittens get into everything. Savannah has turned our home into her personal roadside carnival. She uses... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Safety Source
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It’s easy to get into the July 4th spirit with this month’s fun craft from Sparky. Kids can make red, white, and blue globes glow with a battery-operated candle. They will look great at that patriotic gathering and when it’s over, they’ll look super cool indoors. Sparky also teaches kids... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Safety Source
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Are you looking for information on smoke alarms to teach to your elementary school class? Do you need to purchase a smoke alarm and want to learn about the different kinds that are available? Are you in the fire service and need to raise awareness about smoke alarms? Do you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Safety Source
At this afternoon's Opening General Session during the first day of NFPA Conference & Expo, we announced the theme of the 2014 Fire Prevention Week. To make the announcement, Chairman of the Board Phil Stittleburg joined NFPA's very lovable mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog. via nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 9, 2014 at Safety Source
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Samantha Hoffmann, public fire and life safety officer for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, Barrie, Ontario, received the NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award this afternoon. The award was presented during the general session of the NFPA Conference & Expo. Hoffmann, pictured to the left, is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Safety Source
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If you're in Las Vegas this week attending the NFPA Conference & Expo, be sure to stop by the Public Education booth at the Expo, booth 857. The booth is stocked with the latest public education materials, including the updated Remembering When program, Learn Not to Burn Preschool and Level1/Grade1,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Safety Source