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Early Morning Cooking Fire Displaces Family

By Fire Safety, NFPA

 

I am in the middle of remodeling my kitchen and have been enjoying eating out for a few days.  But I do miss using my stovetop and oven since they’ve been missing in action.  An early morning fire yesterday in Memphis, Tenn. that I read about  in localmemphis.com is a great reminder to me about taking safety precautions in the kitchen when my remodeling is done.  Thanks to a working smoke alarm, the family was able to get out of their home and call the fire department. Firefighters near Memphis reminded citizens to never leave food unattended while cooking and to always have working smoke alarms.  In addition, residents can call the Memphis Fire Department to have their smoke alarms checked or replaced.  The Memphis house fire reminds us that unattended cooking fires can happen any time of year and time of day.  As the Memorial Day holiday approaches, let’s take a look at NFPA’s many safety tips designed to keep your family safe. Visit Cooking Fire Safety Central to get a refresher on all types of cooking precautions.  The cooking infographic is a great addition for social media and the short informational videos can be used all year.  Bon appétit! Here’s  to a safe start to summer.

 

 

NFPA shares fire safety information with Martha Stewart Living

By Fire Safety, NFPA

Just yesterday, NFPA's vice president for outreach & advocacy, Lorraine Carli, said to me, "I'm not sure anyone would have ever used my name and Martha Stewart in the same sentence!" And she's right, many of us here probably never would have thought about it, but today we're happy to announce that NFPA is now a regular content contributor for Martha Stewart Living (MSL)!

Each month we'll write about a different fire safety topic and share it with the millions of MSL followers. This month, we write about grilling fire safety. Read the post and write a comment. You can also share it with the ones you love! As many of you may know, the Martha Stewart brand and mission focus on helping people live a beautiful, artful, creative and rich life everyday. Starting this month, NFPA is excited to share its safety messages with the MSL audience in a continued effort to help people create fuller lives by staying safer from fire and other related hazards.

Come June, we'll focus on outdoor party decorations and the safest way to use lighting displays. During the summer and beyond, you'll find additional posts on topics such as wildfire safety, Halloween safety and holiday cooking. We're looking forward to sharing our knowledge and passion with our Martha Stewart Living audience in the many months to come. Won't you join us? We look forward to "seeing" you!

NOTE: Image/Caption first appeared on MarthaStewart.com

Bring NFPA along as the summer travel season gets underway

By Fire Safety, NFPA

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season. According to AAA, an estimated 37.2 million Americans–a 4.7 percent increase over last year–will travel 50 miles or more between May 21 and May 25, Memorial Day. Of those travelers 89 percent will drive to their destination.

Now is a great time to review NFPA’s Car Fire Safety tips sheet, which advises on what to do if your car is on fire, how to prevent a car fire, and knowing the danger signs of problems with your car.

If you need to keep the kids busy on the car ride, Sparky the Fire Dog® offers all kinds of games, stories, and activities. In addition, the Sparky School House includes a storybook app and eBook that are both educational and fun.

And if you’ll be staying at a hotel, you’ll want to review the Hotel and Motel Safety tips sheet, which advises choosing a hotel/motel that is protected by both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system, reviewing the escape plan posted in the room, finding the exits, and leaving right away if the alarm sounds.

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A simple test for checking gas grill leaks

By Fire Safety, NFPA

Yesterday, NFPA kicked off the grilling season with the launch of its first of two new new grilling safety videos. 

In our second video, "A Simple Test for Checking Gas Grill Leaks," we share a couple of quick and easy but important tips to prepare your grill before you even start to cook those burgers and steaks.

Prepare my grill, you ask? But whatever do you mean? After a long winter season of hibernation (OK, in some parts of the country!) your grill has been stored away and covered up never to see the light of day until today. It's important to do a complete safety check on the grill to ensure everyone's safety at the next cookout or BBQ.

NFPA refers to this as the "soapy bubble test" and this video takes your though the process step-by-step. Not to mention, it's kind of a cool name, eh? Take a look and let us know what you think! If you're someone who does this each year, let us know. Your diligence is sure to inspire and encourage others to do the same.

 

Find this video and other great information on our grilling fire safety web page at www.nfpa.org/grilling. And share all of the videos with your friends and family. 

By practicing it each time you grill and sharing your knowledge, you'll be well on your way to a having a safe and fun cookout every day of the year!

Here's to a happy and very safe grilling season, everyone!

The story of a family’s escape from fire is featured on PBS Kids

By Fire Safety, NFPA

In a “Kids in Action” video on PBS Kids, the Friedman family of Rhode Island talks about how they safely evacuated their home during a fire and how they’ve recovered from the experience.

Ten-year-old Jonah (pictured) tells of the frightening moments of waking up to the smell of smoke the night of the fire and then running into his parents’ room to tell his mother, Brook. She and the three boys got out safely. Brook’s husband was traveling for work.

In the video the family talked about how they followed their escape plan by leaving the house immediately and going to their designated meeting place, a neighbor’s house, and waiting there for the fire department to arrive.

The children talked about the toys they lost in the fire and how relieved they were that their pets were okay. Since the fire the family has changed their smoke alarms and test them every month. Their escape plan keeps them from worrying, Brook said.

Public Education Division Senior Project Manager Amy LeBeau wrote a column on the Friedman’s experience in the January/February 2013 issue of NFPA Journal.

Handle outdoor spring cleaning with care

By Fire Safety, NFPA

It’s hard to turn on the television these days or flip through a magazine without being reminded that we’re in the season of spring cleaning projects. We’re given tips on how to declutter our kitchens, organize our home offices, make our bathrooms smell like a citrus forest, and sweep, swish, and spray just about everything.

For those who take their spring cleaning outdoors, NFPA’s Outdoor Electrical Safety tips sheet offers advice for decluttering while maintaining safety.

  • Store electrical tools indoors.
  • Keep the area around your electric meter and other electrical equipment clear.
  • Have a professional tree cutting service trim branches that might fall on electrical wiring.

Information on electrical safety in the home, as well as a video on electrical safety, and the observance this month of National Electrical Safety Month can be found on the NFPA website.

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‘Tis a grand season for grilling (and keeping fire safety in mind)!

By Fire Safety, NFPA

Memorial Day weekend is just a few days away and for those of us here in New England, it could not have come at a better time. After enduring what seemed like the longest winter EVER, we can actually smell the flowers and see grass growing again!

With spring in the air most people are already hard at work planning for lots of fun outdoor parties and cookouts this weekend and beyond. Are you one of them? If you are, then you'll want to check out NFPA's newest videos that will help you kick off the grilling season safely and in style. 

But before you start, let me ask, do you:

* Know how to turn on the grill safely?

* Know what to do if the grill doesn't ignite or the flame goes out?

* Know how to turn off the grill safely?

You might be surprised at the answers. To find the correct response to these questions, watch NFPA's first of two grilling fire safety videos below or find it on our grilling fire safety web page. We believe that this short, fun video will have you thinking differently about your cookouts and BBQs from now on, AND you'll stay safer each time you fire up the grill. 

 

Want more great information? Then check out our full grilling fire safety page where you'll find information about propane and charcoal grills, a great tips sheet that's easy to download and share with friends and family, interesting statistics, and our latest infographic that reminds us why grilling safely is so important and should be taken seriously.

Enjoy a safe and happy grilling season, everyone! 

Up next: A simple test for checking gas grill leaks.

Spring cleaning: a Firewise thing

By Fire Safety, NFPA

As we take action to clean up around the homestead after a long winter, let us think about how we can create a Firewise home and landscape, not only focusing on the vegetation surrounding our home, but also the “human treasure” that we simply cannot seem to get rid of.  We all know that someday we

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might need these items.  Many of these treasures, such as old tires, leftover wood, sofas and other furniture items and papers can contribute to debris piles often located in close proximity to the home. This creates a scenario where we have put kindling around the home that will make it easier to ignite if there is a wildfire.  Make sure the items that you are storing do have value.  Hoarding items outside can be just as hazardous as hoarding excess items inside.  The NFPA offers some great resources to help fire service professionals and others with these potentially hazardous conditions. If you choose to keep these items, do not store them next to the home or under the deck, rather put them in the garage or in an enclosed shed.

Even such things as open garbage cans under the eaves, flammable attachments such as trellises with dead vines, coco or rattan door mats, and patio cushions can create hazardous conditions for a home during a wildfire event.   Make sure that your garbage cans have lids and are not located under the eaves of your home. Use nonflammable attachments and remove all dead vegetation away from your home.  If you are going to be away from your home, take door mats and patio cushions inside.

Create a healthy and Firewise homestead this year as you do your spring cleaning so that you can have “A Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire”.

Image from Becu website trashy yards

Image from Becu website trashy yards

Don't let your home look like this!  Piles of "human treasures"  located in close proximity to a home can act like kindling to a campfire.

Extension cord fire leaves two dead

By Fire Safety, NFPA

 

A fire in Palm Beach County, Florida, believed to be started by an extension cord in a mobile home, left twin 14-year-old girls dead and sent their mother to a nearby hospital early today, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

“We received news early this morning of a horrible tragedy that has taken the lives of two of our students. We are devastated by this unthinkable loss,” the girls’ school principal, Michael Aronson, is quoted in the Palm Beach Post as saying in a written statement.

When firefighters arrived at the home, they saw Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies pulling one person through the front window of the mobile home. Crews made their way into the smoke-filled home, pulled out one occupant and later located the third person.

There was a smoke alarm in the home, but no battery was found inside, according to fire officials.

NFPA’s electrical safety tips and tips sheet offer information about the safe use of electrical cords and extension cords. The electrical safety in the home section of the website offers an overview of electrical safety around the house.

First Responder Days at LEGOLAND Florida offer free park tickets during May

By Fire Safety, NFPA

First Responder Days at LEGOLAND Florida are back! During the month of May, all Police, Fire and EMS employees will receive one complimentary single day ticket to LEGOLAND Florida Resort. They may also purchase up to an additional 4 single day tickets for $40 each. 

You'll need to present your employment status photo ID at the front gate to redeem this offer. Visit www.legoland.com for more information and have fun!