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July 2015

Remembering When team offers ideas for making presentations dynamic

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Since Mary MacCaffrie, public education administrator for the New Hampshire Office of the Fire Marshal, along with Dottie Gove, program director of Home Care for Child and Family Services in New Hampshire, were trained on NFPA’s Remembering When™ program during the Scholarship Conference, the program partners have not only conducted numerous presentations on the fire and fall prevention program for older adults, but put together a list of helpful hints for other teams making presentations.

“Lessons learned from each other can be powerful,” says MacCaffrie. “When someone shared a story (at a presentation), we usually added, ‘What could you have done to be prepared for that emergency?’ ”

Mary and Dottie also have the following tips: 

•        Give people time to talk about their experiences. It gives them the opportunity to teach and learn from each another.

•        Keeping the presentation interactive. 

•        Try to get on the calendar early. Many senior centers schedule their programs a few months in advance.

•        Add humor. Everyone loves a good laugh.

This year NFPA is selecting teams from up to 25 communities to participate in the Remembering When™ Conference. The Conference will be held November 4-6 in Orlando, Florida. Participants will receive training to reach older adults with fire and fall prevention education through group presentations and home visits. Applications must be submitted by noon on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

The team will include a fire department life safety educator and a home health visiting professional or volunteer from an agency serving older adults, such as visiting nurses, church outreach groups, civic organizations, and meal delivery programs.  New for 2015, teams may opt to add a third member who fits one of the categories and strengthens the team.

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Practice makes a difference when fire strikes home of fire safety educator

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Clothes Dryer Tips SheetBen Hammond, a firefighter in Arkansas with the Little Rock Fire Department and a volunteer with the Sheridan Fire Department Fire Prevention Division, has been teaching fire prevention in the schools for years and has brought those lessons home to his family. He says his three sons consider home fire drills fun.

“When their friends come to our house we practice fire drills,” he says. “We have them in the middle of the night, we’ve had them in the middle of the day.”

All that practice was put to use in a real emergency one night when Hammond and his wife heard a noise near the laundry room.

“The smoke alarm was going off and heavy smoke was coming out of there,” he says. “I told my wife, ‘I’m going to call 9-1-1 and I want you get the kids out of the house.’ ”

However, the kids–the youngest is 4 years old–were one step ahead of mom and dad and already on their way out the door.

Hammond says the fire department was able to shut down the clothes dryer before the fire spread and moved it out of the house.

“The smoke alarm was a big lifesaver,” he says “The kids, without being instructed, were able to react to it appropriately. I attribute this to the practice, repetition, and education they had beforehand.”

For information on clothes dryer safety, check out the clothes dryer safety tips sheets in English and Spanish on the NFPA website.

Fire department hangs out at the mall for Fire Prevention Week

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Imagine talking to 10,000 people about fire safety in one weekend. Raleigh Fire Department Fire Prevention Coordinator/Deputy Fire Marshal Ronald Campbell says his department reaches at least that many shoppers during Fire Prevention Week while exhibiting at a local North Carolina mall using materials from FPW in a Box. Shopping Mall

“I find that with FPW in a Box, I don’t have to figure out what products to buy,” says Campbell. “I like the package of brochures that comes with it. They’re topical, relevant. The newsletter makes it easy to come up with an introduction when you’re out there in the community explaining to people why you’re there, why you’re giving the talk in the first place.”

Campbell says his department has lots of exhibit tables set up for three days at a heavily-trafficked area of the mall.

“It’s easy because we can put FPW materials in a bag for people,” he says. “We have it set up so the kids can watch the DVD while we engage the parents and other adults in a conversation about fire safety.”

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Fire department hangs out at the mall for FPW

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Imagine talking to 10,000 people about fire safety in one weekend. Raleigh Fire Department Fire Prevention Coordinator/Deputy Fire Marshal Ronald Campbell says his department reaches at least that many shoppers during Fire Prevention Week while exhibiting at a local North Carolina mall using materials from FPW in a Box. Shopping Mall

“I find that with FPW in a Box, I don’t have to figure out what products to buy,” says Campbell. “I like the package of brochures that comes with it. They’re topical, relevant. The newsletter makes it easy to come up with an introduction when you’re out there in the community explaining to people why you’re there, why you’re giving the talk in the first place.”

Campbell says his department has lots of exhibit tables set up for three days at a heavily-trafficked area of the mall.

“It’s easy because we can put FPW materials in a bag for people,” he says. “We have it set up so the kids can watch the DVD while we engage the parents and other adults in a conversation about fire safety.”

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New outdoor entertaining webpage highlights fire safety from setting the table to decorating landscapes

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Warm balmy nights, food cooking on the grill, and friends and family spending quality time together in the backyard or around the pool create wonderful memories that last a lifetime. But, hosting outdoor events also means there’s an increased risk of home fires. To this end, NFPA created a new "outdoor entertaining" webpage that provides all kinds of great resources to help you plan your next summer party safely. From setting the table to decorating the landscape, find tips sheets, infographics, videos and more. We have you covered.Martha Stewart

Did you know? NFPA is now a regular content contributor for Martha Stewart Living! Check out our latest outdoor entertaining blog on her website!

As you take a look at all of our great information, remember, following some simple safety tips and guidelines can help ensure you and your guests stay safe. Consider these tips below when you host your next outdoor event: 

  • Have an adult present at all times when a portable fireplace is burning
  • Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip over easily
  • Keep anything that can burn, as well as children and pets, at least three feet away from open flames
  • Use battery-operated flameless candles and solar-powered patio (tiki) torches in place of an open flame. Flameless candles come in all colors, shapes and sizes, and many are scented. Flameless candles look and feel like the real ones, and add a beautiful soft glow to any outdoor event.

Don't forget, you can find these tips and more on our website at www.nfpa.org/outdoorentertaining. Take a look today!

Enjoy your summer! And thanks for keeping fire safety top of mind, everyone!

NOTE: Photo first appeared on MarthaStewart.com.

 

NFPA, Stop & Shop, Narragansett Fire & Rescue and RI State Marshals Office join forces in Rhode Island to raise awareness of grilling fire safety

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As part of our grilling fire safety campaign with Stop & Shop, NFPA joined the grocery chain, the Narragansett Fire & Rescue Department and the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal’s Office on Saturday to greet customers at the Narragansett Stop & Shop store in an effort to raise awareness around grilling fires. NFPA's Sparky the Fire Dog joined the group and was instrumental in getting folks to the table where we provided grilling fire safety tips sheets, fire safety activity books, pencils and more.  SS Event RI 10

While nearly half of the people who grill do so year-round, July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by May, June and August. So this summer, do your part. Make fire safety a top priority for you and your family. Find out how at www.nfpa.org/grilling.

NFPA thanks the great folks at Stop & Shop, Narragansett's Fire Department and RI's State Marshals Office for their help on Saturday and for supporting this very importance cause!

In July issue of Safety Source: new Spanish tip sheets, smoke alarm infographic, FPW printables & more

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Safety SourceThe July issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find;  

  • Clothes dryer safety and electrical safety tip sheets now in Spanish
  • Fire Prevention Week printables for kids
  • Infographic highlights smoke alarm placement
  • Ten-minute lesson covers smoke alarms in less traditional sleeping areas
  • Domino’s Fire Prevention Week sweepstakes
  • Jeff Donahue joins Public Education Division

Don't miss an issue! Sign up now and be the first to get the latest information on happenings in the public education division, activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, Sparky the Fire Dog® and more.

Compelling fire department video raises awareness of cancer risk

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The Boston Fire Department has created a video to increase awareness of the toll cancer has taken on its members. The video encourages today’s firefighters to take steps to reduce their exposure to toxins by using self-contained breathing apparatus longer while on the scene of a fire, wearing their hoods and promptly cleaning exposed skin and personal protective equipment.

On a recent visit with NFPA staff, Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn shared what he knew about each firefighter pictured on the memorial wall shown in the video and his commitment to reducing the risk of firefighters getting occupational cancer. The video is a moving tribute with an important message.

Two of NFPA’s fire safety tip sheets are now available in Spanish

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Dryer Safety SpanishNFPA offers free safety tip sheets on a variety of fire and life safety topics. Download, print and share these tip sheets to spread the word about fire safety. 

Two of our popular tip sheets have now been translated and are now available in Spanish. Doing laundry is most likely part of your every day routine. But did you know how important taking care of your clothes dryer is to the safety of your home? With a few simple safety tips you can help prevent a clothes dryer fire. Download the new dryer safety tip sheet available in Spanish

In addition to the dryer fire tip sheet, our electrical safety tip sheet is also now available in Spanish. Download the Spanish electrical safety tip sheet for free from our website

Reminder! Select NFPA safety tips sheets can be customized with your fire department or organization's name and contact information/web site. Open the PDF and scroll down to the bottom of the tip sheet. There you will see two lines where the text of your choice can be inserted.