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It is with a heavy heart that we at NFPA say good-bye to a friend and colleague. Joe Flores, an NFPA Education Section Board director, passed away over the weekend. He was in his third year as a director (pictured above on the far right with the Education Section board... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Safety Source
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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season. According to AAA, an estimated 37.2 million Americans–a 4.7 percent increase over last year–will travel 50 miles or more between May 21 and May 25, Memorial Day. Of those travelers 89 percent will drive to their destination. Now is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Safety Source
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In a “Kids in Action” video on PBS Kids, the Friedman family of Rhode Island talks about how they safely evacuated their home during a fire and how they’ve recovered from the experience. Ten-year-old Jonah (pictured) tells of the frightening moments of waking up to the smell of smoke the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Safety Source
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It’s hard to turn on the television these days or flip through a magazine without being reminded that we’re in the season of spring cleaning projects. We’re given tips on how to declutter our kitchens, organize our home offices, make our bathrooms smell like a citrus forest, and sweep, swish,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Safety Source
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A fire in Palm Beach County, Florida, believed to be started by an extension cord in a mobile home, left twin 14-year-old girls dead and sent their mother to a nearby hospital early today, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. “We received news early this morning of a horrible... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Safety Source
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Recent statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that just over 59% of the U.S. population 65 and over didn’t meet muscle strengthening or aerobic exercise recommendations for physical activity. A team of researchers decided to examine the issue more closely. In interviews conducted for the... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Safety Source
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Twelve students had to be relocated from their USC dorm after a late-night mattress fire on Sunday. According to NBC Los Angeles, the fire, quickly put out by the Los Angeles Fire Department, caused $2,500 in damage, more than half to the structure itself. About 60 people had to evacuate.... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Safety Source
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Celebrate that special woman in your life with a creative project from Sparky the Fire Dog® The “hand”-made dish is not only easy and fun, it includes a fire safety tip too! Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Safety Source
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For Mother’s Day, my father and I like to take my mother and an aunt to a fine dining restaurant in the Connecticut countryside that features a floor to ceiling stone fireplace and panoramic view of a lush landscape. We make the rounds at the buffet, which includes an omelet... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Safety Source
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Sparky the Fire Dog® has the perfect gifts for that special mom, grandmother, teacher, aunt, sister, or anyone else in your life. Check out this month’s activities for directions and a free printable bookmark for mom or the teacher. Follow the directions to make an awesome craft for mom that... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Safety Source
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Angela D. Mickalide, PhD, MCHES, principal investigator and program director, Emergency Medical Services for Children's National Resource Center at Children’s National Health System and member of NFPA’s Educational Messages Advisory Committee (EMAC), has received the 2015 American Burn Association Burn Prevention Award, presented at the opening plenary at the 47th... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Safety Source
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Sky lanterns have become increasingly popular as a way to celebrate. But they pose a serious fire hazard and their use is prohibited by NFPA. Thousands of spectators who attended a lantern festival recently in Gastonia, North Carolina, got to see the dangers of sky lanterns up close. According to... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Safety Source
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A sprinkler system is being credited with containing a fire at a Minnesota senior citizen high rise this week. According to the Duluth News Tribune, the fire in the city of Hibbing drew a full response from the Hibbing Fire Department and neighboring departments. However, when firefighters arrived the fire... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Safety Source
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May is National Electrical Safety Month. The Electrical Safety Foundation International commemorates the occasion with an annual campaign to educate the public about steps to reduce electrical-related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property losses. According to NFPA's Electrical Fires report, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Safety Source
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Houston fire officials say that burglar bars made it difficult to get inside a home that caught fire last week. Two adults and a child died as a result of the blaze. According to click2houston.com, Donovan Johnson, 36, was trapped in the house and died at the scene. His pregnant... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Safety Source
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Fire officials are blaming the careless disposal of smoking materials for causing three fires recently in neighboring Massachusetts communities in a one-week span. The fires resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. One fire occurred in Weymouth and the others in Braintree. The Braintree Forum quotes Weymouth Fire... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Safety Source
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The largest literary celebration in the world is taking place this month in schools, libraries, and bookstores, and Sparky the Fire Dog® can help kids be part of it. Organized by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month, which takes place every April, is designed to increase awareness and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Safety Source
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Firefighters across Durham, Ontario, are launching a three-week campaign on Monday to educate residents about fire safety using an approach they haven’t tried before. “You have a better chance of having a fire in your home than winning the lottery, but people are buying lottery tickets and not installing smoke... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Safety Source
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A centerpiece of Jewish life, Shabbat is observed every week by families throughout the world. Planning is required for the day of rest and celebration. Fire safety should be an important element of the preparation. The Shabbat Fire Safety tips sheet includes messages on smoke alarms, escape planning and the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Safety Source
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A father and his seven children–six years old to the teens–were found dead in their one-story home in Maryland this week. Relatives said the father had been trying to keep the family warm with a generator after the power was cut because of an outstanding bill. According to WISH-TV, Lloyd... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Safety Source
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NFPA has two new employees in the Public Education Division serving as regional education specialists. Meredith Hawes (left) will cover the central region and Mid-Atlantic States. Kelly Ransdell will cover the southern United States and New England region. Meredith was an NFPA public education advisor for the central region of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Safety Source
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In Brunswick County, North Carolina, five people have died in fires in the past month. According to WECT-TV, four of those people died in homes without working smoke alarms. In response, more than 150 people came together on a recent Saturday–firefighters and members of the community–to make sure residents have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Safety Source
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It’s a longstanding tradition. The women in my family spend the day before Easter in the kitchen preparing a feast to be enjoyed after church service the next day. My mother prepares the glazed ham and vegetables. My aunt and cousins make corn pudding, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Safety Source
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When the first day of spring arrives on March 20, many of us will turn our attention to that annual rite of passage–spring cleaning. As we decide which home cleaning projects to tackle in what order, let’s add fire safety to the checklist. Take a few minutes to read through... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Safety Source
PBS kids star SteveSongs has teamed up with NFPA again for a new music video about firefighters. "Firefighters Are on Their Way," on Sparky's School House, teaches kids about the important job firefighters do and the role they play as community helpers. Geared for preschool to grade 1 students, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Safety Source