I am pleased to introduce Kelly Ransdell as the newest contributor to the Safety Source blog. As the southern regional advisor to the NFPA Public Education Division, she works with state educators in 11 southern states to assist with fire and life safety information. She is a liaison to the states for workshops, conferences, current events, new initiatives, and outreach to the grassroots fire service. She is also Deputy Director of the Prevention and Programs Division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Office of the State Fire Marshal, and the State Director of Safe Kids North Carolina, overseeing all injury prevention programs across North Carolina. She serves on the NFPA 1035 committee and worked on the advisory committee of the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. Go to the "comment" button below to offer your feedback or suggestions for future topics. Here is her inaugural post. Check this blog for additional insights from Kelly.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in the 22nd Tennessee Public Fire Education Conference held in Murfreesboro, attended by nearly 50 educators from across the state. Members of the Tennessee Public Fire and Life Safety Educator’s Association have seen a dramatic increase in conference attendance because of the new ISO standards that allow fire prevention education to contribute to ratings at fire departments.
Session topics included NFPA’s Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, hoarding and fire safety, educational messaging, Firewise, and what’s new in public education.
During a session on educational messaging, we had an interesting discussion on smoke alarms. An educator from Cookeville Fire Department in Tennessee showed the group a smoke alarm installed in a home between 1979-1983. We actually googled the manufacturer to find out more details. The older-model alarm provided a great opener for our discussion and may work well for other public educators. We went on to talk about smoke alarm messaging, replacement, and techniques for canvassing a community for a smoke alarm installation program.
I’d like to extend a big “thank you” to Tennessee for your commitment to fire and life safety education.