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September 2015

Get a kick out of NFPA Fire Safety Sports Box

By Fire Safety, NFPA

Youth sporting events are the perfect venue to reach the kids, parents, and family members with the message of fire safety. It’s just a matter of setting up a display table and opening up NFPA’s Fire Safety Sports Box, which is filled with all kinds of goodies kids and teens will love. In this video, NFPA Public Education Division Senior Project Manager Karen Berard-Reed talks about all the neat items the sports box has to offer.

Find out what’s inside the box with new Fire Prevention Week video

By Fire Safety, NFPA

What’s inside FPW in a Box? In a new video, NFPA Public Education Division Senior Project Manager Karen Berard-Reed answers that question and gives a description of some of the featured items in the box that’s chock full of fire safety products, including the FPW banner, poster, magnets and stickers.

In the video, Karen also talks about the Fire Prevention Week theme: Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.

Annual grant opportunity is available to fire departments

By Fire Safety, NFPA

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. The $5,000 grant is presented annually to a local fire department to support a community-wide fire and life safety education program or campaign. The grant is open to any fire department–career or volunteer–located in the United States or Canada.

The North Shore Fire Department of Wisconsin is the winner of the 2015 grant, which supports the continuation of the department’s “Prevent, Prepare, and React” home assessment and smoke alarm installation campaign.

The deadline for applications is February 5, 2016. The grant committee encourages applications from new and previous candidates.

How smart is the general public about smoke alarms? Sparky the Fire Dog finds out!

By Fire Safety, NFPA

 

How smart is the general public about smoke alarms? That’s what we wanted to find out!

In support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm”, we sent Sparky the Fire Dog® out on the street to ask people basic questions about smoke alarms.

In this “Smoke Alarm Smarts” video – the first in a series of four – see what people know (and don’t) about smoke alarms. This clip addresses how often smoke alarms should be tested; the upcoming videos will be posted weekly in anticipation of Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, 2015, each focusing on a specific smoke alarm message. 

Don’t be shy about using these videos! Share them on your social media platforms, post them on your website, or wherever you think you’ll reach the most people with their smoke alarm messages.

For more information on Fire Prevention Week or to find a wealth of resources for promoting the campaign in your community, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

Get to know Fire Preventon Week with new video

By Fire Safety, NFPA

It just got a little easier to learn about new resources from NFPA to help you make your 2015 Fire Prevention Week a success. In a new video, NFPA Public Education Division Senior Project Manager Karen Berard-Reed gives highlights on materials for the fire service, teachers, and kids and families.

There’s the infographic in different formats that the fire service can place in local newspapers and on social media as well as the 30-minute coffee time chat, a guide for a conversation on the topic of smoke alarms and the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

The video also provides details about educational tools on Sparky’s School House for teachers and activity sheets for kids and families.  

Efforts underway to prevent Kentucky from continuing to be ranked in the top 10 States in civilian fire deaths

By Fire Safety, NFPA

The State of Kentucky has continuously ranked in the top 10 States in civilian fire deaths.  This information is shared in the opening sentence of an article in the September issue of Kentucky Living Magazine.  At the time of the article’s release, 37 people had been killed in residential fires since the beginning of 2015.  In January of 2014, a single home fire in Greenville, Kentucky alone, claimed the lives of 9 family members.   

These facts are sobering for Kentuckians, but they are not taking it lightly.  Fire Safety stakeholders called a meeting in early June, and along with the Kentucky State Fire Marshal, The Kentucky Association of Fire Chiefs, and The Kentucky Firefighters Association, NFPA took a seat at the table.  There was consensus for the grave need for fire safety education across the State, and while the group also agreed that typical “high-risk” age groups of the very young and the very old were still needed, the young adult and middle-aged adult population had emerged as a target demographic for some vital safety messages.  “We’ve come to realize that adults age 25-65 are the decision-makers in most families.  If they are not on board with fire safety, then the rest of the family living in the home cannot be on board, either” stated Greg Schultz, public education chairman for the Kentucky Firefighters Association and the State Representative for the NFPA Public Education Network.  And Shultz is one individual who is helping to lead the fire-safety charge.  Just a few weeks earlier, Shultz had the opportunity to combine Public Education with Recruitment at the Boone County Fair. The gate show attendance peaked around 18,000 and above it he displayed an NFPA 2015 Fire Prevention Week Banner with the message “Hear the Beep Where you Sleep – Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” Several people stopped to ask Schultz the meaning behind the slogan. “It appears the slogan is making people think about the concept”.  And that’s exactly what he wants them to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A filter full of lint brings safety message home

By Fire Safety, NFPA

“Do you know where the lint filter is?” My husband asked that question as he clutched a load of laundry in his arms. He had just washed and dried his first load in our new laundry center, a vertical washer and dryer unit designed to fit into tight spaces, like our condo’s closet-sized laundry area.

I’d already read through the manual, but he hadn’t. I opened the dryer door and pulled out the kidney-shaped lint filter in the back of the tumbler. I was surprised to see the thick layer of lint the basket had collected.

NFPA’s Clothes Dryer Safety tips sheet advises cleaning the lint filter before and after each load, but actually removing the lint myself made me realize how quickly it can accumulate and become a fire hazard.

The tips sheet also advises removing lint that has collected around the drum, and–doing as I did–reading the manufacturer’s operating instructions. The dryers and washing machines page of the NFPA website provides reports and facts and figures on these kinds of fires. The safety tips sheet is also available in Spanish.

Test your grilling safety knowledge before your big Labor Day event

By Fire Safety, NFPA

Doesn’t it seem like summer just got started? I can hardly believe that September is here and with Labor Day around the corner, like the rest of us, you’re probably already thinking about the details of your big weekend party. I would venture to guess, too, that whatever the meal is you have planned, a grill will most certainly take center stage. That’s where we come in.

NFPA has created a number of great fire safety resources that can be helpful when you’re cooking up a bounty of veggies, meat and fish on the grill. How about a quick refresher? Our latest grilling video puts everyday people to the test and asks them, “Do you know the proper way to safely use a grill?” The answers may surprise you. Take a look and see how your knowledge stacks up!

 

Need to fill that propane tank before you turn on the grill? Our “Simple Test for Checking Gas Grill Leaks” video is a quick and easy way to get all the information you need to prepare your grill safely before the guests arrive.

 

Find these videos and a whole lot more on NFPA’s grilling fire safety webpage at www.nfpa.org/grilling. And while you’re there, take the opportunity to download our tips sheet and share it with friends and family.

Enjoy the holidays and stay safe, everyone!

Focus on great food and fire safety during National Family Meals Month

By Fire Safety, NFPA


Each summer it's probably the same in your house as in mine; meals on the run, impromptu parties filled with light snacks for friends, sleepovers and "junk food" for the kids. When you look back at the blur of what was July and August, I bet the kitchen wasn't a place you spent oodles of time in. But that all changes once the fall hits, right? Students head back to school, vacations wind down and the cooler days invite more structure around meals.

According to Good Housekeeping Magazine, this September marks the launch of National Family Meals Month, a perfect time to cook up those great recipes you've collected over the summer and share more time in the kitchen with your family. National Family Meals Month is an industry-wide movement to raise awareness of the benefits of eating together by bringing families back to the table to share one more meal at home per week.

Of course, with more time spent inside and at the stove, NFPA wants you to keep fire safety top of mind. So, when you're in the kitchen this fall, you'll want to remember these few key tips :

  • Keep an eye on what you fry
  • Be alert when cooking
  • Keep things that can catch fire away from cooking area

Check out some of NFPA's other great resources for cooking fire safety on its webpage. And, as you talk about the importance of scheduling more family time around the table, you can feel great knowing you're also sharing important fire safety information like tips sheets and videos with family and friends.

So go ahead and enjoy the bounty of food that Fall brings. Bring your family together for more laughs and conversation at the table, and work as a family team to make fire safety a priority whenever you're in the kitchen. Why not start today? Make September your starting point … Got a great recipe to share? What did you do to incorporate more family time around the table this month? We'd love to hear from you. Tell us today!

Learn more at www.nfpa.org/cooking.

September online contest highlights fire safety on college campuses across the country

By Fire Safety, NFPA


September is Campus Fire Safety Month and this year, NFPA, The Center for Campus Fire Safety (The Center), the University of New Haven Fire Science Club, (UNH) and Domino's are teaming up to host a national campaign and Campus Fire Safety Sweepstakes & Contest (Contest) that raises awareness of fire safety on college campuses.

The two-tiered Contest, which starts today, September 1, and runs through the 25th, can be found on the Campus Fire Safety for Students Facebook page and targets students currently enrolled in an institution of higher education. The Contest encourages students to put fire safety first, and provides a host of student, parent and fire safety educator resources that focus on the dangers of candles and unattended cooking, in addition to highlighting smoke alarm education, evacuation plans and more. These resources have been designed for sharing via social media, on college websites, and for posting in dorms and on common area bulletin boards and include:

  • Fire safety questions to ask landlords and school officials
  • Videos
  • Checklists
  • Tips Sheets
  • Infographics and flyers

Students who complete the first tier of the Contest will be entered into a sweepstakes where two winners will be randomly selected to win a Domino's-sponsored pizza party for 50 of their friends. Students can also submit a 200-word paragraph about the steps they will take to help keep themselves and their peers safer from fire. One winner from the second-tier will be eligible to win an iPad mini 3! Read the complete rules and enter today!

According to NFPA statistics, fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities and student barracks increased 24 percent from 3,350 fires in 2003 to 4,160 fires in 2013. The Center states that from 2000 through October 2014, 126 students died in 89 fires on college campuses, in Greek housing, or in privately owned off-campus housing within three miles of the campus. Of those, 107 deaths occurred in fires in off-campus housing. At least four fatal off-campus fires have occurred this year, including deaths in South Dakota, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

With the start of the school year almost upon us, help us spread the word and raise fire safety awareness on college campuses starting with the students you love! Share our contest video and rules and check out NFPA's and The Center's webpage for the materials you need to start the discussion.

Join the fire safety movement on college campuses in your area! Learn more today!