During this school year, the firefighters took part in the science of fire education and our Prevention & Media Production Departments took part in the creation of a safety PSA. Upon completion of curriculum, the students were broke into groups and had to come up with a topic to educate our public. The students wrote the scenes, created the scenarios and then shot their PSA’s using the schools equipment.
One PSA was chosen from each hour and went on AJFD’s YouTube page for an American Idol style of voting. The PSA that received the most likes won the opportunity to work with us to re-create their video using our equipment and a realistic setting.
"It was so awesome to create an important safety message for our district, while working with the youth in our community! They were all a great bunch of young people, with great ideas."
Science Teacher, Regan Roach showed this PSA to the entire Cactus Canyon Junior High student body, faculty and parents and stated, “It was amazing! The kids were so excited. The entire audience gave them a standing ovation. It was fun! Thank you so much for all you guys did! I can't wait to make it even better next year!”
Turn your volume up and enjoy. Please share with everyone you know!
Posted by April Briggs on 05/30/2013 at 10:54 AM in Activities, For kids and families, For teachers, For the fire service, Great ideas, News, Newsletter, Photos, Public Education, Safety Tips, Social Media, Videos | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Guest post by Brett Brenner, ESFI
As National Electrical Safety Month comes to a close, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is reminding consumers that they can prevent electrical shocks and fires all year long by protecting their homes with tamper resistant receptacles (TRRs), arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).
These devices, which can prevent tragedy before it ever occurs, have proven so effective that the National Electrical Code (NEC) requires them to be installed in all new homes.
Here is an overview of these home safety devices that can be easily integrated into your existing electrical system to help reduce the risk of fires and electrocutions.
If your home is not protected by these devices, consult a licensed electrician to learn more about installing them in your home. More information on these safety devices, including illustrated guides, fact sheets and videos, can be found on ESFI’s website.
On average, one of every 12 hotels or motels reported a structure fire each year. Know how to prepare yourself in a hotel/motel emergency. Watch my new video, which features tips on preparations before your trip and once you’ve arrived, and how to respond if the alarm sounds.
A fire in Owatonna, MN on Saturday makes this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign even more important. The fire gutted the kitchen of a second story apartment and caused smoke damage throughout the second floor. The building was unoccupied and the fire was noticed by passersby who saw smoke coming from the building.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it appears that the fire started in the kitchen. Our 2013 FPW theme “Prevent Kitchen Fires” is aimed at spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires. Did you know that two of every five home fires start in the kitchen? It’s time to focus on this leading cause of fires.
Start planning your campaign to impact the number of kitchen fires in your community. NFPA offers lots of materials for Fire Prevention Week – for the fire service, for teachers and for kids, and families. It’s not too early to order your Fire Prevention Week in a Box or begin promoting your Sparky’s Wish List to businesses in your community.
How many kitchen fires did your community experience last year? Do the research and then implement our "Prevent Kitchen Fires" FPW campaign or use our "Keeping Your Community Cooking Safely" kit. Next year, at this time, look at your kitchen fire statistics again and see if you have a decrease in the number of kitchen fires as a result of your community outreach efforts.
I’d like to hear about the kitchen fires that have occurred in your community. Share your stories with us.
Check out Sparky's version of the classic memory game, Simon. I was never good at that game no matter how hard I tried. I am a little better at Follow the Sounds. Can you master all 8 sounds? This is a great way to reinforce listening and sequencing skills for kids.
Each year the city of McAllen, Texas, hosts the largest Earth Day observance in South Texas. The Vida Verde Earth Day Festival features wildlife shows, organic cooking demonstrations, rock climbing, and hands-on eco-art projects.
Visitors not only celebrate “going green” but learn about fire and life safety. At the festival last month, the McAllen Fire Department set up its fire safety house and presented talks on fire and fall safety for older adults from NFPA’s Remembering When program.
Vida Verde draws thousands of visitors of all ages, giving the fire department an opportunity to reach a large audience with its fire safety message.
Fire and Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW) has teamed up with GIO Personal Insurance as FRNSW’s first ever Principal Partner. GIO has been a partner since 2008 and has been instrumental in developing an online Home Fire Safety Audit Tool Kit and Recovery Kit. They have also contributed to
the Winter Fire Safety campaign and Open Day (a fire station open house day held at the end of Fire Prevention Week and launch of the annual Winter Fire Safety Campaign).
Over the next three years, GIO will increase its commitment as a principal partner to help FRNSW update and improve the usability of the online Home Fire Safety Audit, deliver a bigger and better Winter Fire Safety campaign and a more integrated Fire Prevention Week and Open Day.
We are happy to announce that we are sponsoring the “Fire Service Safety & Health Quiz” Sweepstakes in conjunction with International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week (which will be June 16-22, 2013). The theme of the week, and of the contest, will be “Saving Our Own… An Inside Job.”
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NFVC) are co-sponsoring this sweepstakes with NFPA. Career firefighters, volunteer firefighters and other fire department employees and fire service members are invited to take the online, interactive quiz, featuring 15 questions related to firefighter health and safety.
“Raising awareness and education for firefighter health and safety is always a priority,” said Ken Willette, NFPA’s division manager of Public Fire Protection and a former fire chief. “This quiz is a quick and promising way to refresh fire service members’ knowledge and improve the safety of their teams.”
The quiz will be offered between May 20 and June 18 at www.nfpa.org/fireservicequiz. One sweepstakes entry will be given for a completed quiz through the Snapapp widget, with an additional entry if the quiz taker shares their result on Twitter.
On June 19, the 125 randomly selected winners will be announced. These winners will each receive a specially designed challenge coin commemorating this year’s International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week. Read more details, and the full contest rules.
Everyone once in a while, most of us roam beyond the confines of our homes and offices and out into the world. NFPA's mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog is asking you to bring him along with Flat Sparky. These paper cutouts can be colored in, photographed and posted at Sparky's Facebook or Twitter (@Sparky_Fire_Dog), or by tagging NFPA on Pinterest. Bring Sparky with you to show off your favorite restaurants, parks, bookstores, modern art installations or just a great view.
Download, cut out, color in, and wander freely with Sparky by clicking here. Happy travels!