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September 2015

Sparky celebrates town and smoke alarm safety

By Fire Safety, NFPA

Sparky the Fire Dog® loves a celebration, especially when he can combine fun with sharing the important message of fire safety. That was the case September 20th when he participated in the 250th Anniversary Grand Parade for the town of Sharon, Massachusetts.

Sharon, which became a town in 1765, is celebrating all year long. So far, the commemoration has included an arts and music festival, bike tour, anniversary ball, a community service project, a historic walking tour, and triathlon.

During the parade, Sparky rode a float, which was sponsored by the Sharon Fire Department.

He reminded the public of the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and also made time to hang out with New England Patriot’s mascot, Pat Patriot.

New tip sheet reminds us to take care with pets

By Fire Safety, NFPA

Because of my cat Savannah’s insatiable desire to leap on all kinds of surfaces in my home–furniture, countertops, appliances–and her ability to find new and creative ways to knock things over, claw at them, and chew through them, I’ve spent countless hours figuring out how to “cat-proof” my home to keep her safe and my belongings relatively intact.

NFPA’s Pet Fire Safety tip sheet reminds us that our pets’ habits can be more than just mildly annoying. Pets can cause fires. The tip sheet, as well as many other tips sheets NFPA provides, can be customized with the fire department or organization’s name and contact information.

Burgers, hot dogs, and Fire Prevention Week

By Fire Safety, NFPA

The City of Elko Fire Department in Elko, Nevada, expects to draw a record crowd to the annual Fire Prevention Picnic this weekend. The fire department and its partners in education anticipate promoting fire prevention and household safety information to more than 2,000 residents and visitors at the main city park.

Fire Marshal Joshua Carson says a key element to making the picnic a success each year is the Fire  Prevention Week material the department distributes, particularly Fire Prevention Week in a Box.

“It’s already pre-organized for us to use,” he says. “We do such a high volume for this event. It makes it easy to put it together. All of the children are getting the same content.  It helps get the word out to our community.”

More than 20 safety booths and displays will be part of the day’s event. Firefighters are scheduled to perform a live fire response and extinguish a live fire burn prop.

Additional exhibits include a fire apparatus tour, children’s hose drag races, live fire extinguisher training, a home escape wall and fire sprinkler and fire alarm exhibits.

Elko is observing Fire Prevention Week a week before the campaign’s official start because of the potential for cold weather.

 

Scholarship is established in name of teacher who died from carbon monoxide poisoning

By Fire Safety, NFPA

 

Today is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day in Tennessee. This week, Austin Peay State University hosted an event at Kenwood High School, in Clarksville, to announce the establishment of a new scholarship in memory of a high school teacher who died from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Eighteen-year-old Skylar Hughes presented APSU President Alisa White with a $25,000 check for the creation of the Kathryn Watson Over Endowment. The scholarship, named for Over–Hughes' former teacher–will be awarded each year to a Kenwood High graduate who plans to major in education at APSU.

On Sept. 18, 2011, Over, her husband, Jon, and three friends, died of CO poisoning while sleeping in an RV at the annual Bikers Who Care Toy Run event.

“She was the first person who took an interest in helping me,” Hughes said of her teacher. An eighth grade student at the time of the tragedy, Hughes went to work raising awareness about the dangers of CO. In 2012, her efforts led to the creation of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day in Clarksville. Earlier this summer, Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill, sponsored by State Representative Joe Pitts and State Senator Mark Green, designating September 18 of each year as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day in Tennessee.

Hughes also began raising money for the establishment of the scholarship in Over’s name at APSU. With help from Over’s parents, the $25,000 mark was reached earlier this year.

 

More than 100 attendees at Learn Not to Burn train-the-trainer

By Fire Safety, NFPA

More than 100 participants spent today at Toronto Fire Services Training Academy at a free, one-day train-the-trainer workshop that demonstrated best practices and resources of NFPA’s Learn Not to Burn® (LNTB) program. The workshop also kicked off the launch of the official LNTB Canadian Version.

Speakers included NFPA Public Education Division Manager Judy Comoletti (first person on right), medical professionals, fire officials, and a burn prevention advocate. NFPA Public Education Field Advisor Art Pullan (center left) helped coordinate the event, which was organized by the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council in partnership with Toronto Fire Services.

 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.  

New Fire Prevention Week 2015 Challenge champions U.S. fire departments’ campaign efforts

By Fire Safety, NFPA

Local fire departments are critical to the success of Fire Prevention Week – we count on their participation and support each year to reach local communities with the campaign's fire safety messages.

In appreciation of those efforts, we’re kicking off the Fire Prevention Week 2015 Challenge, which works to recognize the hard work and creativity of fire departments that are actively promoting Fire Prevention Week in their communities this fall.

Here’s how the Fire Prevention Week 2015 Challenge works: All U.S. fire departments are invited to send NFPA a picture of an event they’ve hosted in support of Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.” Pictures can be submitted for an event a fire department has held anytime between now and October 31, 2015. The application is available online at www.nfpa.org/firepreventionweek.

Participating in the Challenge activity also fulfills the requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Association’s (FEMA) Preparathon!® campaign, which works to increase the number of Americans who understand the disasters most relevant their community, while educating them on ways to be safer and mitigate damage.

A total of 10 winners will be randomly selected to receive a free NFPA Fire Safety Sports Box (valued at $420), which includes:

  • Sparky®'s Team Up For Fire Safety Flag (4' x 6')
  • 1 Fire Safety Activities for your Team Sports Brochure (11" x 17" folds to 8.5" x 11", 4-color)
  • 100 All-Star Fire Safety Brochures
  • 100 Sparky's Team Up for Fire Safety Soft Slap Bracelets
  • 100 Sparky's Team Up for Fire Safety Drawstring Sports Bags
  • 100 Sparky's Team Up for Fire Safety Tattoos
  • 100 Sparky's Team Up for Fire Safety Water Bottles (not intended for children under the age of five)

All winners will be notified and announced in November, and their events will be promoted on Safety Source, NFPA’s public education newsletter; NFPA’s social media platforms and website; and featured in a blog highlighting their efforts.

Fire departments: Take the Fire Prevention Week Challenge and win!

By Fire Safety, NFPA

Take the Fire Prevention Week (FPW) 2015 Challenge. Help us reach more people with this year’s important message, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm."

NFPA is looking for fire departments across the United States to show us your best FPW activity for a chance to win a Fire Safety Sports Box, which includes one Sparky's® Team Up For Fire Safety Flag, All-Star Fire Safety brochures, Sparky’s Team Up for Fire Safety soft slap bracelets, drawstring sports bags, water bottles and more.

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, as NFPA Public Education Senior Project Manager Karen Berard-Reed explains in this video. Complete the 2015 Fire Prevention Week Challenge application to enter the random drawing. Ten Fire Safety Sports Boxes will be awarded.

*Conducting an activity also fulfills the requirements of FEMA’s Preparathon!® campaign, which works to increase the number of Americans who understand the disasters most relevant to their community, while educating them on ways to be safe and mitigate damage.

Rules

  • Local fire departments and state fire marshals’ offices are eligible to enter.
  • 10 random winners will receive a Fire Safety Sports Box.
  • All entries must be received by midnight October 31, 2015.
  • See the complete list of official rules.

Find out what people say when Sparky asks, “How much time do you have to escape a home fire?”

By Fire Safety, NFPA

People may have as little as one to two minutes to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s information everyone should know. Unfortunately, not everyone does. As you’ll see in this "Smoke Alarm Smarts” video – the second in our weekly series of four leading up to Fire Prevention Week – when Sparky the Fire Dog® asks people how long they have to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds, he gets lots of different answers.

As Fire Prevention Week fast-approaches, we’re working to promote basic but vital smoke alarm messages. Please help us spread the word by sharing this video on your website and/or social media.

For more information on Fire Prevention Week 2015, October 4-10, and this year’s theme, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm”, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

 

Gear up for FPW 2015 with NFPA’s must-haves

By Fire Safety, NFPA

 If you take a peek inside of Sparky’s Coloring Book, you’ll be treated to a delightful story about a visit to a firehouse with Sparky the Fire Dog®. This “must-have” for Fire Prevention Week helps young kids learn about smoke alarms and the proper way to respond if they hear a smoke alarm sound in their home.

Another must-have is Sparky’s Activity Book. In this video, NFPA Public Education Division Senior Project Manager Karen Berard-Reed talks about how these materials make learning fun and can enhance your FPW campaign.

Country star donates smoke alarms to community

By Fire Safety, NFPA

Country singer and songwriter Chris Young has donated items for auction, raising money to secure musical instruments for children. He’s supported a children’s hospital and donated money to a school for the arts.

His philanthropic efforts also extend to fire and life safety. According to radio station KSCJ, before performing in concert in Sioux City, Iowa, last weekend, Young donated to Sioux City Fire Rescue 100 smoke alarms with nonreplaceable batteries designed to be effective for up to 10 years.

Young has made smoke alarm donations in the past and has said he wants to do his part to support the safety of residents and the nation’s first responders.

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