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April 2016

In April’s issue of Safety Source: new tip sheet, off-campus housing safety campaign, Sparky’s Earth Day plans & more

By Fire Safety, NFPA

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

  • New tip sheet on security bars
  • Campaign prompts putting safety first when looking for off-campus housing
  • Upcoming Remembering When Conference
  • Sparky goes green for Earth Day
  • Augusta’s great fire of 1916 
  • Report: U.S. trends and patterns of fire losses

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NFPA’s new tip sheet on security bars: how to be safe from crime and fire

By Fire Safety, NFPA

Some years ago, when I was looking to rent the first floor of a three-family house in New Britain, Connecticut, I noticed that the apartment came with security bars on the interior windows.

I didn’t understand the importance of the quick release mechanism on the bars–this was before I came to NFPA. I was simply glad to have protection from burglars, especially because I was living on my own.

The quick release mechanism provided me with safety from crime and a quick way to release the bars and access the windows should I become trapped.

Some security bars, also called burglar bars, can trap people in a fire and keep firefighters from rescuing them. NFPA’s new customizable tip sheet on security bar safety, available in English and Spanish,  provides information on the different types of security bar quick release devices available and tips for home escape.

Sparky checks off bucket list item #9: Join the Army and train at the McCrady Training Center

By Fire Safety, NFPA


Sparky checked of yet another bucket list item by joining members of the National Guard at the McCrady Training Center in South Carolina. Sparky got to participate in training exercises and even ride in a tank!

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish from now through October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

Weekend smoke alarm installation drive planned in Illinois community

By Fire Safety, NFPA

The Champaign Fire Department in Central Illinois is teaming up with the city’s Neighborhood Services Department and volunteers to install smoke alarms Saturday in high-risk areas.

According to WAND-TV, firefighters and volunteers will meet with residents from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., offering free smoke alarm inspections and installations. Officials say they plan to install approximately 800 smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

If you’re considering conducting a smoke alarm campaign in your community, NFPA’s Planning & Implementing a Smoke Alarm Installation Program is an excellent resource for getting started. It’s a comprehensive guide that includes tips on how to select volunteers, pointers on soliciting donations, and strategies for publicizing your program.

In addition, Smoke Alarm Central is a complete source of information on smoke alarms. NFPA’s smoke alarm toolkit includes everything you’ll need to motivate residents to install and maintain smoke alarms.