Fire Prevention

  • 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.

  • Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

    Freeze-FireThe risk of having a home fire increases during the winter months: December, January, and February.

    To help teach the public about winter fire hazards and ways to prevent them, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) are teaming up to promote “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires.”

    Learn more:

    Winter Fire Safety

    Winter Fires and Burns

    Winter Preparedness for Your Business

    Each week during the campaign, USFA will share helpful, practical tips to assist with making our homes and families safer. Follow #wintersafety on Twitter @usfire and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usfire.

    For additional fire safety and prevention information, visit the USFA's website.

  • 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.

  • Fire Safety for Older Adults

    Fires are a serious risk in colder seasons - and even more so for older adults and children - We have talked about many safety concerns for seniors, including Seniors and Scalding Burn InjuriesHelping to prevent falling at homeSeniors Staying Alone and special Winter Dangers for Seniors.

    Seniors-FireNow let's take a look at how home firs risks may be a little different for the elderly:

    According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), older adults – ages 65 and older – are more likely to be injured during a fire.

    It is important that older adults and their caregivers take steps to protect themselves from a fire in their home.

    USFA has safety recommendations for older adults and their caregivers, which may include:

    • Have a smoke alarm that works for you and the functional needs that you have.  For example, many smoke alarms have lower decibel ranges for those who are hard of hearing. Others may have smoke alarms with strobes or separate bed shaker. There are also smoke alarms with long-lasting batteries for someone with a mobility disability or vision loss.
    • Have conversations with household members, caregivers and friends about your fire safety plan.  Develop and test an escape plan that works for you and your household if you live in a single family home.  If you live in multi-level housing such as an apartment or high-rise building, know your evacuation plan.
    • Take in consideration any additional items you may need to take with you quickly. For example, keep any devices such as wheelchairs, canes, eyeglasses and hearing aids in a consistent place so you can get out quickly;

    For more information about how to protect older adults in your family or community, visit the USFA website.

    Fire emergencies and the need to evacuate go hand in hand. Being able to safely and efficiently vacate the premises is imperative to your health and survival. Our fire evacuation supplies offer the tools needed to cautiously and successfully leave the vicinity and should be readily available in every home as well as private and public business buildings.
  • Halloween Fire

    Halloween is Creeping up on us, and at the same time it is Fire Safety Month...any idea why?

    In this country more than 100 people die each year as a result of their clothes catching on fire. Decorations for special events and holidays, usually involving candles, result in an average of 800 home fires each year. These fires cause nearly $4,000,000 in property damage each year. That is why although Halloween should be a time of fun and celebration, children need to be closely supervised and their costumes should be chosen with fire safety in mind.

    Halloween safety

    Take simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant. Read all of NFPA's Halloween safety tips and download the NFFPA free safety tip sheet.

    Planning ahead can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires. During the five-year-period of 2006-2010, NFPA estimates that decorations were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 1,000 reported home structure fires per year. These fires caused an estimated average of six civilian deaths, 53 civilian injuries and $16 million in direct property damage per year.


    Video: NFPA's Lisa Braxton says planning ahead can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires.

    Other resources

    Video: NFPA's Judy Comoletti says planning ahead can help make Halloween a fire-safe one.

    Beware! Haunting Halloween Fire Hazards

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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.

    Fire & Evacuation Essentials Fire & Evacuation Essentials

    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.

    Get a Quote for a Class:
    Fire Extinguishers Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location

  • Wildfire Safety

    With the recent wildfires and media, many are thinking about how safe their own home may be in the event of wildfire. There are many programs available for learning about fire safety and prevention, and everyone should be equipped to bug out in the event of any disaster - this means equipping with emergency kits as well and evacuation and fire safety supplies.

    Here's a great video from the NFPA on making sure yours is a "Fire Safe" home:

    The Making Your Home Firewise® video presents ideas and techniques for homeowners when constructing or modifying home in the wildland/urban interface areas. Topics covered in the video are: Roof, Windows, Eaves, Decks, and Landscaping. The video also provides information that a prevention officer or anyone with cooperative duties can use in a presentation or as a basis of discussion for various local groups.

    Learn more at http://www.firewise.org

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  • Assessing electrical fire risks in the workplace

    Making sure that your workplace is suitable for you and your employees to spend a large majority of their time is vital. In fact, if you do not pay enough attention to this particular area of your business, you could be fined, even be taken to court. There have been many cases in the past where employers simply do not assign priority when it comes to fire risk assessments, and in the event of a fire, employees may indeed sue the employer for their lack of attention and care.

    When conducting a risk assessment, there will be various aspects that you will be looking at. Some people prefer to hire a professional fire risk assessment company to enter the building and conduct an unbiased and comprehensive view of the premises to identify any risks. This gives peace of mind that the assessment has been carried out in a completely thorough, sufficient manner.

    This may be beneficial to you if you do not have enough time to conduct a thorough risk assessment yourself, or if you would like the view of a professional who may pick up on hazards which you may not have identified as a risk.

    Electrical Safety Icon See our Electrical Safety Training Books, CDs, DVDs, Manuals and Instructor Guides

    Electricity is all around us. It lights up our homes... powers much of the machinery and equipment that we use... and runs many of our tools. We are so used to it, most employees "take it for granted." Yet electricity can also be dangerous. Employees need to know how electricity works, and what they should do to protect themselves from its hazards.

    Our training products on "Electrical Safety" remind employees about electrical hazards they may face in their jobs, and provides the information they need to work safely around electricity. This program will also assist in satisfying the OSHA training requirements under 29 CFR Part 1910.331 (Electrical Safety Standard) for "non-qualified" employees. Topics covered in these products include:

    • How electricity works.
    • Fuses and circuit breakers.
    • Grounding and GFIs.
    • Safe work practices.
    • Outlets, plugs and extension cords.
    • Working with electrical equipment.
    • Using ladders around electricity.
    • Electrical emergencies.
    • and more.

    Get a Quote for a Class:
    Electrical Safety Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location

    Fire Safety icon See our Fire Prevention & Safety Training Books, CDs, DVDs, Manuals and Instructor Guides

    Among all the safety problems an employee can encounter, fire can be the most frightening. Every year office fires cause millions of dollars in damage and result in hundreds of employee injuries. Yet many employees do not realize how their own actions can contribute to the risk of fire.

    Our training products on "Fire Prevention in the Office" look at fires in office environments, review steps that can be taken to help prevent fires and discuss what employees should do in case of a fire emergency. Topics covered in these products include:

    • Common causes of office fires.
    • The concept of "flashpoint".
    • "Classes" of fires.
    • Importance of good housekeeping.
    • Preventing office fires.
    • Fire extinguishers.
    • Evacuation and other employee responsibilities.
    • First aid.
    • and more.

    Get a Quote for a Class:
    Fire Prevention in the Office Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location

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