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May 2015

Smoking materials fire displaces 22 in New York State

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Auburn New York Fire

Ten adults and 11 children were displaced from their homes earlier this week after an apartment building caught fire in Auburn, New York. The Auburn Citizen reported that the fire was started by smoking materials, which caught fire in a trash can.

Fire officials noted that smoke alarms in one of the units were disabled because the batteries had been removed. The smoke alarm of a neighbor did sound, alerting people to get out.

According to NFPA statistics:

  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
  • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
  • Three out of five home fire deaths in 2007-2011 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Smoke Alarm Central on the NFPA website includes statistics, tips on installing smoke alarms, videos, and the Smoke Alarm Safety Tips sheet in English and Spanish. In addition, the smoke alarm community toolkit and the guide, Planning and implementing a Successful Smoke Alarm Installation Program offer fire and life safety educators tools for launching installation programs and public awareness campaigns.

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Fire Departments in Tennessee Spring into Fire Safety

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Baseball brings back memories for me of the hot and fun days that make summer so cool.  My husband and I love to visit ballparks all over the United States to see the baseball stadiums and experience the different cultures.  A colleague of mine in Tennessee has taken the fun of baseball and added in fire safety.  The Smokies Kids Safety Day, funded by Kohls Cares for Kids, took place this month and was a 3 day event that included a safety relay race.  Over 18,000 kids and adults participated in this event with the Tennessee Smokies– a Minor League Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.  The safety relay race included students who fitted a life jacket and bike helmet, tested a smoke alarm and also demonstrated stop, drop, and roll.  Firefighters from Seymour Volunteer Fire Department, Severville Fire Department, Rural Metro Fire Department, Knoxville Fire Department, and Karns Volunteer Fire Department along with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital helped to set up this interactive and educational fun day.  Just another reminder that safety can be fun.  NFPA has many music videos and our own Hula Hoop Relay game to teach kids and adults alike. High five to Tennessee for thinking outside of the box and making fire safety fun.

Smokies

 

 

New 10-minute mini-lesson focuses on calling 9-1-1 from a mobile phone

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The majority of 9-1-1 calls are made from mobile phones these days. It’s important for kids to know how to use MINI LESSON ON 9 1 1them to call 9-1-1. But this can be challenging because of the different types of mobile phones.

NFPA’s new 10-minute mini-lesson, “9-1-1 on the Go: Using a Mobile Phone to Report an Emergency,” is designed for children in first grade and up with their families. By the end of the lesson participants should be able to override a mobile phone passcode in order to call 9-1-1 during an emergency.

Cal 9-1-1The 10-minute mini-lessons are for fire and life safety educators who only have a short amount of time to make a presentation. They include an introduction with ideas to hook the audience, the body of the presentation, and techniques for wrapping up the lesson in a concise manner.

This mini-lesson includes messaging on home escape planning and what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.

Get ready during Hurricane Preparedness Week

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Hurricane Preparedness Tip Sheet

National Hurricane Preparedness Week is underway and continues through Saturday, May 30th. The purpose is to spread awareness of the dangers and hazards of hurricanes and ensure that every family has a disaster plan, every business has a disaster checklist, and everyone gets out of the path of a hurricane safely.

Sparky GraphicNFPA’s community toolkit, Get Ready! Preparing Your Community for a Disaster, a comprehensive guide for fire departments to give firefighters and other first responders the tools they need to help local residents prepare for disaster before disaster strikes, includes a fact sheet on hurricane preparedness in English and Spanish. The fact sheet helps residents prepare before, during, and after a hurricane.

The Get Ready toolkit is a great resource on other disasters and includes fact sheets on blackouts, earthquakes, floods, landslides, and nuclear accidents. These and others are available in English and Spanish.

Fire prevention community loses a champion

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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 at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson, New York last fall).

Joe was a retired Philadelphia Fire Department captain who spent many years in the fire prevention division. He went on to become a safety specialist at the University of Pennsylvania and also taught in the fire science program at a community college. He was president of the Citizens for Fire Prevention Committee, a nonprofit with the mission of reducing deaths, injuries, and property and environmental damage caused by fire.

Passionate about fire safety education, Joe was a consultant for NFPA's Urban Fire and Life Safety Task Force and an NFPA-certified fire protection specialist. He was a Learn Not to Burn® champion and champion for Risk Watch®, formerly NFPA’s childhood injury prevention program. Joe helped to secure more than $250,000 in grant money to support Risk Watch in Philadelphia.

He was recognized by the Philadelphia Fire Department and the mayor for the development and implementation of a young firesetter program and was awarded the distinguished Chapel of the four Chaplains award for unselfish contributions to the community.

“Joe was thrilled to be elected to the NFPA Ed Section Executive Board,” says Patricia Mieszala, past board chair. “His humble, pleasant, and respectful manner was constant and represented a very dedicated, hardworking professional who was a loyal, loving friend. He dearly loved his family. His contributions to the people of Philly will live on through the Citizens for Fire Prevention Committee as well as through those who worked with him at the Philadelphia Fire Department and other agencies and organizations. He will be missed by many, especially by our NFPA Ed Section Board as we plan to meet in Chicago next month.”

Early Morning Cooking Fire Displaces Family

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I am in the middle of remodeling my kitchen and have been enjoying eating out for a few days.  But I do miss using my stovetop and oven since they’ve been missing in action.  An early morning fire yesterday in Memphis, Tenn. that I read about  in localmemphis.com is a great reminder to me about taking safety precautions in the kitchen when my remodeling is done.  Thanks to a working smoke alarm, the family was able to get out of their home and call the fire department. Firefighters near Memphis reminded citizens to never leave food unattended while cooking and to always have working smoke alarms.  In addition, residents can call the Memphis Fire Department to have their smoke alarms checked or replaced.  The Memphis house fire reminds us that unattended cooking fires can happen any time of year and time of day.  As the Memorial Day holiday approaches, let’s take a look at NFPA’s many safety tips designed to keep your family safe. Visit Cooking Fire Safety Central to get a refresher on all types of cooking precautions.  The cooking infographic is a great addition for social media and the short informational videos can be used all year.  Bon appétit! Here’s  to a safe start to summer.

 

 

Bring NFPA along as the summer travel season gets underway

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FAMILY CAR TRIPMemorial 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 a great time to review NFPA’s Car Fire Safety tips sheet, which advises on what to do if your car is on fire, how to prevent a car fire, and knowing the danger signs of problems with your car.

If you need to keep the kids busy on the car ride, Sparky the Fire Dog® offers all kinds of games, stories, and activities. In addition, the Sparky School House includes a storybook app and eBook that are both educational and fun.

And if you’ll be staying at a hotel, you’ll want to review the Hotel and Motel Safety tips sheet, which advises choosing a hotel/motel that is protected by both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system, reviewing the escape plan posted in the room, finding the exits, and leaving right away if the alarm sounds.

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NFPA shares fire safety information with Martha Stewart Living

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Just yesterday, NFPA's vice president for outreach & advocacy, Lorraine Carli, said to me, "I'm not sure anyone would have ever used my name and Martha Stewart in the same sentence!" And she's right, many of us here probably never would have thought about it, but today we're happy to announce that NFPA is now a regular content contributor for Martha Stewart Living (MSL)! MS Grilling

Each month we'll write about a different fire safety topic and share it with the millions of MSL followers. This month, we write about grilling fire safety. Read the post and write a comment. You can also share it with the ones you love! As many of you may know, the Martha Stewart brand and mission focus on helping people live a beautiful, artful, creative and rich life everyday. Starting this month, NFPA is excited to share its safety messages with the MSL audience in a continued effort to help people create fuller lives by staying safer from fire and other related hazards.

Come June, we'll focus on outdoor party decorations and the safest way to use lighting displays. During the summer and beyond, you'll find additional posts on topics such as wildfire safety, Halloween safety and holiday cooking. We're looking forward to sharing our knowledge and passion with our Martha Stewart Living audience in the many months to come. Won't you join us? We look forward to "seeing" you!

NOTE: Image/Caption first appeared on MarthaStewart.com

A simple test for checking gas grill leaks

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Yesterday, NFPA kicked off the grilling season with the launch of its first of two new new grilling safety videos

In our second video, "A Simple Test for Checking Gas Grill Leaks," we share a couple of quick and easy but important tips to prepare your grill before you even start to cook those burgers and steaks.

Prepare my grill, you ask? But whatever do you mean? After a long winter season of hibernation (OK, in some parts of the country!) your grill has been stored away and covered up never to see the light of day until today. It's important to do a complete safety check on the grill to ensure everyone's safety at the next cookout or BBQ.

NFPA refers to this as the "soapy bubble test" and this video takes your though the process step-by-step. Not to mention, it's kind of a cool name, eh? Take a look and let us know what you think! If you're someone who does this each year, let us know. Your diligence is sure to inspire and encourage others to do the same.

 

Find this video and other great information on our grilling fire safety web page at www.nfpa.org/grilling. And share all of the videos with your friends and family. 

By practicing it each time you grill and sharing your knowledge, you'll be well on your way to a having a safe and fun cookout every day of the year!

Here's to a happy and very safe grilling season, everyone!

The story of a family’s escape from fire is featured on PBS Kids

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PBS KIDSIn 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 night of the fire and then running into his parents’ room to tell his mother, Brook. She and the three boys got out safely. Brook’s husband was traveling for work.

In the video the family talked about how they followed their escape plan by leaving the house immediately and going to their designated meeting place, a neighbor’s house, and waiting there for the fire department to arrive.

The children talked about the toys they lost in the fire and how relieved they were that their pets were okay. Since the fire the family has changed their smoke alarms and test them every month. Their escape plan keeps them from worrying, Brook said.

Public Education Division Senior Project Manager Amy LeBeau wrote a column on the Friedman’s experience in the January/February 2013 issue of NFPA Journal.