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September 2015

NFPA and Domino’s kick off 8th annual campaign with Detroit Fire Department

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Judy Comoletti, manager of NFPA's public education division, is attended by Detroit Fire Department's Captain Christopher Dixon (left) and Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins (right) as she teaches students about smoke alarms.

NFPA's 8th annual Fire Prevention Week campaign with Domino’s officially kicked off yesterday at the Detroit Fire Department’s Fire Engine 27, where 75 second graders from Detroit’s Mayberry Elementary School were treated to fire safety lessons supporting this year’s theme, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm”, along with a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog® and a pizza party. The event culminated in a send-off of the Detroit Fire Department and Domino’s, who made the first smoke alarm check and pizza delivery to a local family.

The festivities received quite a bit of local media attention, too, including live interviews with Detroit’s FOX news affiliate throughout the morning.

Judy interviewed by FOX

As a quick reminder, here’s how the campaign works: Customers who order from participating Domino’s stores during Fire Prevention Week will be randomly selected to have their delivery arrive from the local fire aboard a fire engine. If the smoke alarms in the home are working, the pizza is free. If they’re not working, the firefighters will replace the batteries or install fully-functioning alarms.

Pizza delivered to family

A huge thanks to all the fire departments that work with local Domino’s to locally implement the campaign each year. It’s a fun, engaging way to educate residents about smoke alarm safety and make families safer from fire, and we truly appreciate your participation!

Fire Prevention Week proclaimed in Nevada

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Nevada ProclamationGovernor Brian Sandoval has proclaimed October 4-10 Fire Prevention Week (FPW) in the state of Nevada. The governor is doing his part to help boost awareness about the fire safety campaign and make the O-BRIAN-SANDOVAL-BACKGROUND-CHECKS-facebookpublic aware of the importance of having working smoke alarms. Governor Sandoval is one of many officials across the United States and Canada signing proclamations for FPW.

NFPA’s media materials include sample gubernatorial and mayoral proclamations that can be used to spotlight the fire safety work of first responders in your city, state, or province, and help reinforce the lifesaving messages associated with this year’s theme. A proclamation-signing ceremony can be a great photo opportunity for the media, and valuable exposure for a fire department.

In September issue of Safety Source: Sparky’s new trivia app, new fire safety tip sheet for pets & more

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

  • Sparky’s Brain Busters, a free trivia–based app launched for Fire Prevention Week
  • New video featuring Casey Grant, Lessons from History: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
  • Tip sheet highlights pets and fire safety
  • Lab safety tip sheet for teachers and students
  • NFPA’s educator web site gets redesign for Fire Prevention Week
  • Sparky hits the streets to find out about smoke alarms 

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.

As it cools down, and home heating appliances are fired up, check for safety

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As the summer comes to an end and we prepare to enjoy more indoor activities, it is important to make sure that home heating appliances are operated properly.  NFPA has a wonderful safety tip sheet about heating safety. It references standards NFPA 97 and NFPA 211, with information about how to safely install and use home heating appliances.  It is so nice to curl up by the fireplace or wood stove with a cup of cocoa, blanket and your pet close by, and even nicer to know that you are safe while doing so.

Some tips to consider are: Puppy

  • Make sure that the equipment is properly installed and vented.
  • Install a carbon dioxide alarm and test. 
  • Make sure that you have a working smoke alarm.
  • Keep anything that can burn (such as paper or wood) three feet away from all heating appliances. 
  • Have chimneys and vents cleaned and inspected by a professional.     
  • Only use the recommended fuel.
  • Dispose of hot ash properly.   Ashes should be cool when placed in a metal container that is kept away from the home.   
  • Never use the oven to heat your home. 
  • Make sure that you have a spark screen in front of the fireplace.
  • Make sure that you have a properly installed chimney cap.  
  • Make sure that tree limbs are 10 feet away and never overhanging the chimney. Keep leaves and pine needles off the roof.

Remember most heating fires occur during the winter months.  Be warm and safe this autumn and winter as we embrace a Year of Living Less Dangerously From Wildfire. YLLDW Banner

 

Smoke alarm installed the day before saves a man in house fire

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Tennessee Smoke Alarm Saves LifeA Clarksville, Tennessee, man learned first-hand the meaning behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week (FPW) theme: Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.

According to WKRN-TV, Mardoche Olivie started cooking early Sunday morning, sat down on the couch, and fell asleep. He woke up to the sound of the smoke alarm and was able to escape the fire. The day before, firefighters and the American Red Cross had given him the smoke alarm. They came to his home as part of a campaign to install alarms in older home that didn’t have them.

“It was meant to save my life and that’s what it did,” said Olivie.

NFPA’s Smoke Alarm Central and FPW remind the public to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Larger homes may need additional alarms.

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Fire Prevention Week is on the menu for upcoming community breakfast

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  Kids Get the Pancakes

Residents of Sparks, Nevada, are very familiar with this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm. The Sparks Fire Department has distributed the FPW poster throughout the community in stores and businesses.

In addition, the department is offering fire safety presentations during October to businesses, schools, day care centers, homeowners’ associations, and civic groups. Cutting open car

FPW activities begin with the 26th annual pancake breakfast/open house October 3rd sponsored by the fire department and the Sparks Firefighters’ Association.  (The photo above is from last year's breakfast).The day includes exhibits of fire prevention materials, live demonstrations, tours of the fire station, a raffle, and puppet show.

Sparks Fire Department Division Chief and Fire Marshal Bob King says Fire Prevention Week in a Box provides the materials the department needs to make the pancake breakfast/open house and all of the community activities a success.

Happy Fall Y’all: Celebrating Falls Prevention Awareness Day

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Today I attended a media event to celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day on this first day of Fall.  This event focused on the epidemic of falls and their devastating effects to seniors and their families when they experience one.  This was also a kickoff to a statewide effort in NC to help seniors through home visits called the Home S.A.F.E Program.  The NC Association of Community Development Corporations, in partnership with USDA Rural Development, AARP, and the Falls Prevention Coalition announced this initiative to help senior adults identify hazards in their homes and make affordable safety modifications.  NFPA provides fire and fall prevention messages including home visits and smoke alarm installations- with our Remembering When program.  This web based educational program has all the tools you need for group presentations, home visits, and smoke alarm installations.  New to the online program is a fire and fall prevention brochure as well as a one page home safety checklist.  Let’s all help insure that senior adults live safely and happily in their homes! If you are looking for a fun and interactive way to teach fire and fall safety to senior adults- this is the program for you.  Great job NC with this partnership as they welcome “Fall” with a safety spin.

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Canadian edition of Learn Not to Burn is now available

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LNTB_poster-TP1_8-28-15In time for Fire Prevention Week 2015, Fire Safety Canada, in conjunction with the Council of Canadian Fire Chiefs and Fire Commissioners, just released the first Canadian edition of NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn® (LNTB) program.

Teachers, educators, and parents across Canada can benefit from free access to the made-for-Canada edition of LNTB, to complement community Fire Prevention Week initiatives, October 4-10. Teachers have been invited to download free lessons and parents are encouraged to support the effort at home by using the online family fire safety activities. The online activities and in-class lessons are in step with this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.

On the web site and in the classroom, children learn how to recognize the smoke alarm beep, what to do when it sounds, the fundamentals of a home fire escape plan, and to stay away from hot things.

Learn Not to Burn has served as the pillar of NFPA educational programs for more than 40 years and uses proven educational strategies that incorporate NFPA’s philosophy of teaching positive, practical fire safety messaging.  

Cooler temperatures usher in heating precautions

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Fall-leaves

In many parts of the country, cold weather is on its way. It’s a time when our thoughts turn to furnaces, fireplaces, and space heaters. NFPA’s heating safety information tells us that half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

Some simple steps can help us stay warm while preventing most heating-related fires from happening.

  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month, using the test button.

You can find more tips on the heating safety tips sheet. For the fire service, the heating equipment safety toolkit includes everything needed to teach residents of a community how to heat their homes safely.

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In part three of our "Smoke Alarm Smarts" video series, Sparky asks people how often smoke alarms should be replaced

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In anticipation of Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, today we’re launching the third video in our “Smoke Alarm Smarts” series, which addresses smoke alarm replacement. As you’ll see, when Sparky the Fire Dog® randomly asked people how often they think smoke alarms in the home need to be replaced, he gets a lot of guesses in response.

We encourage all fire departments, fire safety educators and others to share this video on their social media platforms, websites and via email – it’s a quick, engaging way to reinforce a basic but vital message about smoke alarm safety: smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years.

(Tip: To figure out when the smoke alarms in your home need to be replaced, look on the back of the smoke alarm for the date of manufacture. Smoke alarms should be replaced 10 years from that date. Immediately replace any smoke alarm that does not respond properly when tested.)

For more information on Fire Prevention Week 2015 and this year’s theme, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm”, visit www.firepreventionweek.org