Since the inception of NFPA’s Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program in 2002, residents of wildfire-prone neighborhoods have been asking the question, “What will becoming Firewise do to my insurance premium?” Until recently, the answer was, “Nothing.” Starting last year, however, the answer is much more positive. That’s because in May 2014,…
Not only was she given the key to the city at a recent city council meeting, she was also honored with a video tribute. The six-minute video highlights her work and includes on-camera testimonials from the mayor, city manager, the fire chief, staff and participants of the Worcester Senior Center, and her mom.
Lt. Pickett talked to me later about how much she loves her job and how touched she was by the video. She says she is grateful for all of the training and support she has gotten throughout her career from NFPA and other groups and organizations. She has used both Learn Not to Burn® and the Remembering When™ program in her work.
Lt. Pickett is known for her steadfast commitment to bringing fire and life safety messages to as many people as possible. Under her leadership, the Worcester Fire Department public education division in 2014 conducted more than 700 workshops reaching 40,000 residents compared to 10 workshops reaching 161 residents in 2008, just before she joined the division.
She has fostered a partnership between two groups at high-risk of fire: older adults and young children, forming an intergenerational partnership between the senior center and a nearby elementary school.
She received the educator of the year award from NFPA Board of Directors Chairman Ernest Grant in a ceremony during the conference general session.
As the Fourth of July approaches, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding the public that there’s no safe way to use consumer fireworks. According to NFPA, coordinator of the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks, over 11,000 injuries resulted from consumer use of fireworks in 2013.
Every year the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standards Council recognizes individuals for outstanding service to the organization in the development of codes and standards. Awards will be presented to 17 individuals at the NFPA Conference and Expo taking place this week in Chicago.
There’s no safe way to use consumer fireworks. If that sounds a bit Debbie Downer, we get it. Fireworks are festive and even mesmerizing at times. But take a look at these statistics, and our firm stance on fireworks safety starts to make a lot of sense:
On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported U.S. fires, more than any other cause of fire.
Over 11,000 injuries resulted from consumer use of fireworks in 2013.
More than half of fireworks injuries in 2013 were to extremities, including the hand or finger, leg and arm. Most of the remaining injuries were to parts of the head, including the eye.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) 2012 Fireworks Annual Report shows that two out of five people injured by fireworks were under the age of 15. The risk of fireworks injury was highest for the children under five, followed by children 10 to 14 years of age. Males accounted for 57 percent of the injuries overall.
So how can you celebrate the holiday safely? Attend professional fireworks displays put on by trained professionals. Let’s face it, they’re far more spectacular than anything you’d see in someone’s back yard. Even Debbie Downer would be hard-pressed to complain.
Check out our fireworks safety page for videos like the one below and infographics to learn just how dangerous consumer fireworks can be. More fireworks statistics can be found in our2013 Fireworks Report.
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