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Highway 31 Fire lessons for all at Backyards & Beyond

Attendees at this October’s Backyards & Beyond Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, are going to learn about the most destructive wildfire in South Carolina history, which burned almost 20,000 acres and took 76 homes adjacent to Myrtle Beach, SC. The Thursday lunchtime Featured Presentation speaker is Darryl Jones, Forest Protection…


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NFPA and Safe Kids Worldwide announce partnership to further promote fire and life safety

NFPA and NFPA and Safe Kids Worldwide are officially teaming up to promote fire safety through the Safe Kids Worldwide network. This partnership presents a great opportunity for NFPA to expand its fire safety education outreach through Safe Kids Worldwide’s local coalitions – many of which include fire departments – and have an established track record for effectively communicating safety messages to children and families. In addition, a Safe Kids Worldwide representative will begin serving on NFPA’s Educational Messages Advisory Committee (EMAC).

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To kick off the partnership, NFPA and Safe Kids Worldwide are working together to promote Fire Prevention Week.

We strongly encourage fire departments and fire safety educators to join forces with their local Safe Kids Worldwide coalition when and where possible. It’s a great way to make new connections with others doing similar work in your community, and who are likely eager to support your fire safety outreach efforts.

We’ll make sure to keep you posted on events and programs we’re jointly supporting in the months ahead. To learn more about how you can work in coordination with a local Safe Kids Worldwide coalition, contact Judy Comoletti, NFPA’s divisional manager for public education, at jcomoletti@nfpa.org.

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My discovery of a Fire Prevention Week time capsule

Several years ago, my husband and I traveled through time without leaving our home.

We had  purchased a 120-year-old Victorian house, which had been converted into a triplex during the 1960’s. During the stages of demolition to turn it back into a single-family home, my husband and I took down ceiling tiles, old fixtures, and walls covered in dated wallpaper. As we uncovered each layer of the house, we watched history unfold.

But it wasn’t until we pulled up the flooring that I found a priceless artifact: a full-page newspaper spread on Fire Prevention Week from October 9th, 1939.  At the time of my discovery, I was a local fire and life safety public educator. I immediately sat down to look closely at the yellowed newsprint, which, remarkably, was in great condition, even though it had been under tiers of flooring for almost 75 years.

Amazingly, many of the messages were still right on target.

Fast forward to today. This newspaper spread has even more meaning to me during Fire Prevention Week now that I am  a full-time staff person for NFPA.  I am honored to carry on this mighty tradition, commemorating the Great Chicago Fire, and ever-steadily helping to increase education and reduce injuries related to fires.

We urge everyone to pause this week and think about the 2015 Fire Prevention Week theme: "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep! Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm".  This is mark on history and our chance to make a difference.  Having working smoke alarms in all sleeping areas will save lives! IMG_0805 (00000004)
  

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The Home Depot teams up with fire departments to support Fire Prevention Week

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Each October, The Home Depot runs a month-long fire safety campaign at all its stores (nearly 2,000 across the U.S.) to educate customers about ways to protect their homes and families from potential fire risks. As part of the effort, The Home Depot actively supports Fire Prevention Week by hosting a fire safety day in coordination with the local fire department. They also hold two in-store workshops – one involving a craft for kids and another that specifically targets adults.

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These pictures taken at an event hosted by The Home Depot in Natick, MA, and the Natick Fire Department show how successful these events are, and how well the partnership works.

To find out details about fire safety day plans in your area, contact The Home Depot nearest you.

For more information about this year's campaign, "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm", visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

 

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Source: NFAP Safety Info