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  • National Arson Awareness Week

    Next week is National Arson Awareness Week (May 7-13, 2017)

    community_watch.300x300Each year for Arson Awareness Week (AAW), the U.S. Fire Administration gathers and shares information to raise awareness of arson or youth firesetting and provide individuals with strategies to combat these problems in their community.

    This year's theme is Arson prevention at houses of worship: Fire Prevention & Public Education / Outreach Materials & Educational Programs / Arson Awareness

    Help community leaders increase awareness about how to prevent arson at houses of worship.
    Spotlight recent arson fires at houses of worship in United States.

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    Preventing Arson at Houses of Worship Webinar

    Each year for Arson Awareness Week, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) gathers and shares information to raise awareness of arson or youth fire-setting and provide individuals with strategies to combat these problems in their community. Arson Awareness Week will be from May 7-13 this year and USFA is providing shareable content about how to help community leaders increase awareness about how to prevent arson at houses of worship.

    The burning of a house of worship not only devastates the affected congregation, but wounds the entire community. Whether the motivation behind the arson is hate or reckless vandalism, a congregation views it as an attack on their beliefs and values. Arson robs congregations of their valuable assets, lives and property. Arson destroys more than the buildings used as houses of worship; it can devastate a community, resulting in the decline of the neighborhood through increased insurance premiums, loss of business revenue, and a decrease in property values.

    Houses of worship are particularly vulnerable to fire damage because they’re often unoccupied for long periods of time, and in many cases, in rural areas. Rural properties will generally sustain more severe damage – even with an accidental fire – since discovery and response time may be delayed.

  • Prepare for Wildfire Season - Free Tools

    You can participate in Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, Saturday, May 6, by organizing an event to clear dried leaves and other flammable debris from your neighborhood.

    ?    Preparing for Wildfires
    ?    How to know if a Wildfire is near you.
    ?    Do you live in a Wildfire Prone Area?
    ?    Wildfire Safety
    ?    Stay healthy and safe during a Wildfire
    ?    Disaster Preparedness: Wildfires
    ?    Wildfires

    prepdaybannernewHelpful tools and tips are available from the National Fire Protection Association to develop a 2017 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activity for your community, or organization.

    • prepdaylogo-500Before starting a project, it is important to review the safety tips and safety gear, which includes properly stacking firewood and wearing safety goggles.
    • The Preparedness Day customizable flyer provides an opportunity to add local event information. Download the flyer, fill in your project details and start distributing today!
    • Use the hashtag #WildfirePrepDay and share!.

    To learn more, visit the U.S. Fire Administration Wildfire Safety page or download the Prepareathon How to Prepare for a Wildfire guide.

  • Fire Safety is for Everyone (?)

    Fire-SafetyWhile Fire Safety is a basic knowledge that should be available to everyone, often fire safety messaging misses target reaching lower income Americans,

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    fire-safety-reachReaching Hard-to-Reach Audiences with Fire Safety Messages

    Join the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) webinar, Is Your Message Reaching Your Intended Audience?

    Fire departments across the country have seen a slow, steady decline of fire deaths over the past decade. However, in most cases, safety messages are not reaching those who need them most, people with limited education and finances.

    This webinar explores how to effectively reach audiences, address perceptions, and change behavior through effective messages. A well-crafted message misses the mark if it does not reach its intended audience due to packaging and/or placement.

    fire_is_everyones_fightDate: March 23, 2016


    Time:
    2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
    1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT)

     

    The event is a part of the Fire is Everyone’s Fight™ Webinar Series.  There is no cost and attendance is limited. Register today.

  • Winter Fires and Burns

    While Burn Awareness Week may have ended, Winter Fires and Burns should still be high on your list of safety concerns.

    Freezing Out Winter Fires

    As outside temperatures drop, houses heat up and burn injuries increase.

    Winter-Fire-3Death by fire is torturous, scary, and often preventable. One American dies every 2 hours and 42 minutes from a fire injury, with almost 3,000 annual deaths from residential fires. These numbers are pain-strikingly high, as burn injuries are second only to car accidents as America’s leading cause of accidental deaths. And, perhaps surprising to some, the number of patients arriving in burn injury treatment center increases during the cold, winter months.

    With blizzards currently blanketing cities in snow and ice, people rely on heaters more than ever to stay warm. Tragically, these same heaters cause an estimated 50,000 house fires every year- killing 150, injuring over 500 and costing over $300 million in property damage.

    In fact, residential fires are responsible for more deaths, injuries, and monetary property damage than all other fire types. Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, second to cooking, and the most common cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association.Winter-Fire

    While understandably focused on beating the freeze, it’s imperative everyone follows strict safety guidelines when warming up their home.

    Home Heating Safety Tips:

    1. All flammable materials should remain at least three feet away from heating equipment including furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves, and portable space heaters.

    2. Implement a three-foot “kid-free” zone around fires and space heaters.

    3. Heating equipment and chimneys should be cleaned and inspected annually

    4. Space heaters should never be plugged into an extension cord or power strip

    5. Ensure fireplaces have a screen to stop flying sparks; cool ashes before placing in a metal container and store the container a safe distance from your home.

    6. Turn space heaters off when leaving a room or going to sleep

    7. Stationary heating equipment should be installed by a professional knowledgeable in local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

    8. Periodically test smoke detector batteries and always have a fire extinguisher within easy reach

    Unfortunately, even the cautious may fall prey to a winter fire. California burn injury attorney Scott Liljegren has witnessed countless burn victims go through months of rehabilitation.

    “Even minor burns... no matter what the cause, are incredibly painful and difficult to heal,” Liljegren said. “Severe burns can leave permanent scars, limit movement, and often prevent people from returning to work...even minor burns can have a major impact on your life.”

    In the event of such burn injuries, he continued, there are immediate actions you may take.

    Immediate Treatment for Minor Burn Injuries:

    1. Flush burn area with room temperature water, not cold. Water alone or a mild soap is all you should you use to gently clean the injured area.

    2. Do not apply ice as it can cause tissue damage to burned skin

    3. Keep the injured are clean and dry while it heals. If needed, cover the burnt skin with a light bandage. Over-the-counter ointment may be applied to prevent the bandage from sticking to the skin.

    4. Stay away from folk remedies like applying butter; butter, for example, may increase the chance of infection in a severe burn.

    Winter-Fire-3While some minor burns may be suitably treated from your home it is always a good idea to visit a doctor to ensure the wound heals properly and no underlying infection develops.

    Heating equipment often causes serious and potentially fatal burn injuries requiring medical attention.

    Seek medical treatment if:

    1. A burn area is large or any blistering occurs

    2. There is extreme pain

    3. Any loss of sensation

    4. Burnt on the face, eyes, hands, or feet

    5. There’s any smoke inhalation from the fire exposure

    6. A burn does not appear to heal normal

    For more information of fire safety and prevention and statistics, visit the U.S. Fire Administration: Working for a Fire-Safe America.

    JMurrell writes on behalf of California burn lawyers of Liljegren Law Group and Safer-America.

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  • Sound the Alarm! It is Fire Prevention Week.

    Did you know that many people don’t test their smoke alarms as often as they should? When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. You need working smoke alarms to give you time to get out. NFPA tell us to test every month!

    It’s Fire Prevention Week—help us sound the alarm that working smoke alarms save lives.

  • Do you know how to use fire-extinguisher?

    Many employees don't know how to use fire extinguisher. Do you agree with me? Offices must not only equipped with such extinguishers but they don't take a pain to train their employees. Apart from such training, offices must be equipped with correct fire extinguisher. What is meant by correct one? Check below list of different type of extinguisher.

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    Class A: A water fire extinguisher comes in this class dealing with common hazards such as wood, straw, paper and coal.

    Class B: It's a foam fire extinguisher that tackles with flammable liquids like petrol and paints. It can even useful for class A fires.

    Class C: A CO2(carbon-dioxide) fire extinguisher deals with electrical hazards and even tackles Class B risks.

    Cautions:

    1) Some extinguishers are confined to certain limitation and cannot to applied to a specific class.

    For example: Class A fires being a water fire extinguisher cannot be applied to Class B fires that is foam fire extinguisher.

    2) Extinguishers need to be discharged, refilled and inspected at certain time period.

    3) Fire extinguishers should be easily accessible by people. At office, employees should be withing 30 meters of a fire extinguisher.

    4) Avoid using such extinguishers if fire breaks out on a massive scale and could not be controlled by such extinguishers.

    5) The number of extinguishers depends on level of risk of the business. High level of risk means more number of extinguishers.

    Suitability is must

    Prior buying any fire extinguisher, its important to know which one will be the most suitable one. At offices, class A fire extinguisher is the most suitable one.

    How To Operate fire extinguisher?

    Providing a secured working environment to the employees should be the top most priority of any working institution. Can any employee work freely in unsecured environment? Off-course not. No one can compromise with their life.

    Being a responsible organization, you must train your employees to make an immediate use of fire extinguishers in case of an emergency. Using extinguisher is very easy. Follow below simple four steps and learn how to use.

    1) Pull the pin at the top of extinguisher.

    2) Target the faucet at the base of the fire.

    3) Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.

    4) Sweep the spray back and forth across the fire until. it's out.

    Still you feel scared in operating extinguishers? Then its better to call fire extinguisher experts.

    Working institutions must adopt effective safety measures for their employees. Who is responsible if such institution lacks in taking such measures? Off-course, the government in power. Every country must establish a separate body that regularly checks the safety measures at job places.

    Among all the safety problems an employee can encounter, fire can be the most frightening. Every year fires cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and result in thousands of employee injuries, a number of which are fatal. Yet many of these catastrophes could have been prevented if the fire had been extinguished before it started to spread.

    Fire Extinguisher / Fire Prevention and Safety Training - DVDs, Poster, Manuals & More! Fire Extinguisher / Fire Prevention and Safety Training - DVDs, Poster, Manuals & More!

    Our training products on "Using Fire Extinguishers" look at why things burn, review the types of fire extinguishers that are found in facilities today, and discuss how to use fire extinguishers to fight small fires. Topics covered in these products include:

    • What causes things to burn.
    • The concept of "flashpoint".
    • "Classes" of fires.
    • Fire extinguisher labels.
    • Chemical fire extinguishers.
    • Water fire extinguishers.
    • How to use a fire extinguisher.
    • and more.

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