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Karen Berard-Reed
Senior Project Manager - Public Education
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NFPA is sad to hear the news of the passing of Alonzo King, Jr. from Columbus, Ohio. Our hearts are with the city of Columbus as they celebrate the life of a great public servant. Firefighter King was the Fifty Year Plus Program Coordinator within the Community Relations Office at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Safety Source
A dangerous activity known as the fire challenge is trending on social media outlets. This activity requires the participant to apply an accelerant such as nail polish remover or hand sanitizer to a body part and light it on fire. Not surprisingly, as the YouTube views rise, we are also... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Safety Source
Mornings can be tough. Lately, my mornings have included freezing temperatures, a son who hates getting out of bed in time to catch the middle school bus, and unpredictable traffic heading into Boston. I’ve made an honest attempt to stay positive in these conditions and I have a little trick... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Safety Source
In December of 2013, teams from 28 communities met together in Boston as NFPA Remembering When Scholarship winners. The winning teams participated in training to implement the NFPA fire and fall prevention program. Remembering When was designed to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Safety Source
Exciting news from the Public Education Division at NFPA! We are currently accepting applications from teams interested in attending the 2014 Remembering When Scholarship Conference. This year, the conference will be held on June 4 – 6 at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada just prior to the annual... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Safety Source
This post has been spinning in my head for a month. It is a tough story to tell but the lesson I can share is important. It is my hope that people who read this take their responsibilities to others’ safety very seriously during this holiday season. We must be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Safety Source
We have an elf named Cookie living in our home. I’m not a huge fan of this visitor. I delayed his arrival as long as I could until Auntie (AKA Miss How-could-I-possibly-say-NO–to-my-precious-nephew?) finally bought one for my younger son. Cookie has been with us for three nights. Each of those... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at Safety Source
After months of planning, the day finally arrived! On December 1st, over 60 Fire & Life Safety Educators and Home Health professionals met in Boston to attend the 2013 Remembering When™ Scholarship Conference. Attendees traveled from points across North America, including Alaska and Hawaii. This group of award winners was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Safety Source
For many folks, it is time to start thinking about safety when using home heating devices. Whether using space heaters, fire places, or woodstoves, there are guidelines to consider to ensure safety. First and foremost, it is critical to make sure there is adequate clearance for space heaters. The heat... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Safety Source
Already?! It seems too early in the season for snow, but Mother Nature did not ask my opinion on this one. Snow flurries in the Boston area made for a lengthy commute to work this morning. While in traffic I was pondering the different reactions to the snow fall. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at Safety Source
Please join us in celebrating as we roll out the refreshed version of the NFPA Remembering When™ program - now available online for free download. Remembering When is a fire and fall prevention program for older adults. 16 prevention behaviors, eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention, serve as the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at Safety Source
October is a busy time for teachers. Classes roll into high gear and in many areas, students participate in high stakes, standardized testing. As we know, Fire Prevention Week also takes place in October. Fire and Life Safety educators visit hundreds of schools throughout the month. Many great FPW stories... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at Safety Source
NFPA headquarters is abuzz with Fire Prevention Week activities. We are generating lots of excitement from events with Lego Land and Dominos Pizza, kitchen safety demonstrations, evacuation training, media tours, and news that our Sparky™ fire safety app and e-books have been extremely popular on Amazon this week. I think... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Safety Source
On September 22nd and 23rd, the NFPA Urban Fire and Life Safety Task Force met in Boston at the Hilton Logan Airport Hotel. The purpose of our meeting was to develop a strategic plan for the task force and discuss techniques we could employ to share the successes of fire... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at Safety Source
It is no accident the first day of autumn is also the day selected as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day by the National Council on Aging. While we wave goodbye to summer, welcome this new season and use it as an opportunity to check in with the older loved ones... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at Safety Source
As we roll into a new school year and gear up for Fire Prevention Week in October, I’m thinking about all the Fire and Life Safety Educators who will soon knock on school doors hoping to reserve some time in classrooms next month. It is no secret it has become... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2013 at Safety Source
Today, August 30th, is the deadline to apply for a scholarship to the 2013 Remembering When Conference. This unique training opportunity will be held on December 1 - 3 in Boston. We will select teams from up to 30 communities to participate in hands-on training of our unique fall and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at Safety Source
I received some unfortunate news yesterday that one of our fabulous NFPA staff members fell while walking her dog and sustained serious injury. She is in our thoughts as we wish her a speedy recovery. For me, this event is another validation that the work we are doing to update... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2013 at Safety Source
I have been working in the Public Education Division at NFPA for over 2 months now. At this point, I can admit I wasn’t sure if the transition out of the world of academia would be an easy one. Especially, since June and July are months I would typically spend... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2013 at Safety Source
Seems everyone is singing around NFPA these days. It is not just that this is a great place to work – music has actually become part of our daily tasks. For example, a few weeks ago, Judy Comoletti challenged everyone to come up with a list of songs with “fire”... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2013 at Safety Source
We are gearing up for the 2013 Remembering When conference! We will choose eligible teams from 30 communities to participate in this worthwhile training and networking experience. Selected teams will receive airfare to Boston, accommodations at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel on December 1st and 2nd, and fabulous meals. Teams... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at Safety Source
Many children are attending camp this summer. Kids are swimming, playing sports, and learning to ride horses. The luckiest ones (sorry to let my bias show) are the children who are attending one of the many safety camps around the country. I first heard about the safety camp model when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Safety Source
As a child, I was very shy, quiet, and a model student. I rarely got into trouble. My parents were confident my older sister and I were responsible enough to be “latch key kids” throughout most of elementary school. One day when I was about 8 years old, I decided... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at Safety Source
I am blessed to have two active sons, ages 7 and 11. This Fourth of July marked a milestone for the Reed Boys. They both ran in the annual road race in our community for the first time. Despite the heat, they had a great time and I think they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2013 at Safety Source
Last August, my grandmother passed away at the age of 89. She and my grandfather were married for an amazing 72 years. She was a super lady with equal parts of sweet and stubborn. While I will remember her for the sweetness, it was the stubbornness that led to her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2013 at Safety Source