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Live Safe ABCO-Shatten Memorial Scholarship Committee Goes to Camp!   August 22nd, 2014

The Live Safe ABCO-Shatten Memorial Scholarship Leadership Committee traveled to Kalamazoo, Michigan this August. Please check out some of the fun highlights from our recent trip to The Great Lakes Burn Camp.

Join us in supporting this wonderful camp and annual scholarship! Contact us at www.live-safe.org to learn more.

Live Safe Foundation is an Ohio based non-profit organization (501c3), devoted to making and fire and life safety education, awareness initiatives and life saving tools available on a broad basis to communities, campuses, and institutions in an effort to reduce national fire fatalities and fire losses.

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1st Annual ABCO-Shatten Memorial Scholarship “Fun”draiser: Making a Difference   July 3rd, 2014

The Live Safe Foundation held its 1st Annual ABCO-Shatten Memorial Scholarship “Fun”draiser benefitting Burn Campers and Funds for College Students on June 20th at The Backstage Bar in Cleveland, Ohio. The event was great, and was a fun time for all. All proceeds from the event will go to support children and teens that have burn injuries at The Great Lakes Burn Camp, as well as to provide funds for the Live Safe Educational Scholarship, which provides financial assistance towards education and textbooks for college students. Special thanks goes out to JoAnn Fabrics which donated a generous amount of blankets for the burn campers, Thirty-One Gifts for their contribution of a wide array of baskets to the silent auction, and the Bogey Inn for their generous donation.

Guest Contributor & Article Credits: Emily Barber (Live Safe Foundation, Student Intern/Wake Forest University)

Live Safe Foundation is an Ohio based non-profit organization (501c3), devoted to making and fire and life safety education, awareness initiatives and life saving tools available on a broad basis to communities, campuses, and institutions in an effort to reduce national fire fatalities and fire losses.

 

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Bathroom Safety   June 30th, 2014

In the rush of getting ready in the morning there is always a risk of forgetting to turn off the lights or forgetting to start the dish washer. Unfortunately not all of them are risk free bathroom items like the curling iron, straight iron, or blow dryer all have a heating element that has a higher risk of causing a fire if monitored. So think about installing a small timer that can shut off any devices that are accidentally left on. Considerable progress has been made to make electrical equipment safer by mitigating human error. Per NFPA’s report on home structure fires electrical and lighting equipment was the 4th leading cause of home structure fires between 2007-2011.

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1st Annual LIVESAFE Memorial Scholarship “Fun”draiser benefiting Burn Campers and Funds for College Students   June 4th, 2014

Join us for great food and drinks this June 20th from 5-9pm at the Backstage Bar in Cleveland to help raise funds for the ABCO-Shatten Memorial Scholarship Fund!

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Preventing Electrical, Chemical and Thermal Burns   February 6th, 2014

National Burn Awareness Week is this week: February 2-8. Because burn injuries are common in the U.S., especially among children, increasing awareness about how to prevent burn injuries and knowing what to do if you get burned is especially crucial.

The three most common types of burns are electrical, chemical, and thermal.

Help prevent electrical burns by installing outlet plug covers, using extension cords wisely by not exceeding the load rating, discarding damaged cords and unplugging appliances before repairing them. Also, never use electrical appliances such as hair dryers, electric shavers, or curling irons near water.

Prevent chemical burns by using cabinet locks to prevent children from accessing any stored chemicals. Use caution when purchasing chemicals and, when possible, try to select chemicals that are less toxic and therefore less dangerous to children should they be accidentally exposed.

Many thermal burns occur outdoors (sun exposure) and in the kitchen and bathroom. To prevent thermal burns, apply sunscreen and limit your sun exposure. In the kitchen, turn pot handles toward the center of your stove so they cannot be easily bumped. Use back burners when children are present; use splatter shields when frying; and monitor children near the stove. Be cautious when moving hot pots or uncovering hot microwaved items. Use heat-resistant pot holders for both hands. In the bathroom, unplug hair dryers and curling irons when they are not in use and keep them out of reach of children. Adjust bath water for younger children, ensuring that it is not warmer than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Treatment varies depending on the type of burn. For electrical burns, first protect yourself by not going near or touching the victim until you are sure the power has been turned off, the plug has been disconnected from the source, or the victim is free from electricity.

For both wet and dry chemical burns, treatment involves removal of the product according to the label directions and instructions from Poison Control (1-800-222-1222).

Treatment for thermal burns is dependent on many factors including the type of burn, severity, the person’s medical history, age, and condition. Many situations can be addressed with basic first aid while others require professional medical treatment.

Guest Contributor & Article Credits: Fire Marshal Alan Perkins, CFPS (Live Safe Foundation, Liaison to the Fire Department Community) – Alan’s career in the fire service spans more than 30 years. He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist through the National Fire Protection Association and a member of numerous similar safety organizations. Alan consults with numerous fire departments throughout Ohio and in 2005 was chosen by the Ohio Department of Health as the fire service member on the Ohio School Inspection Advisory Committee. He was also awarded Ohio Fire Official of the Year in 2009 by the Ohio Building Officials Association. Alan is the Fire Marshal for the Washington Township Fire Department in Dublin, Ohio. The Washington Township Fire Department provides fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and education and safety programs for Washington Township, which encompasses parts of Franklin, Delaware and Union Counties.

Live Safe Foundation is an Ohio based non-profit organization (501c3), devoted to making and fire and life safety education, awareness initiatives and life saving tools available on a broad basis to communities, campuses, and institutions in an effort to reduce national fire fatalities and fire losses.

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Decorate Safely with Trees and Lights   December 10th, 2013

‘Tis the season for holiday decorating. Keep your tree, lights, and other decorations from becoming fire hazards with these simple fire-safe tips.

Before you buy a natural, cut tree, check it for freshness. Shedding needles are a sign of a dry tree which can be a serious hazard in your home.  Dry trees can burn like a torch and spread a fire in your home. Test a tree’s freshness by bending a sampling of needles in half. Fresh needles won’t break when bent and won’t be easy to pull off the branch.

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Decorate Safely with Trees and Lights

Once your tree is home, keep it outside until you are ready to decorate it. Just before bringing it in, cut off the base of the trunk, one to two inches, and place it in a stable base with an ample-sized water reservoir. Making a fresh cut on the trunk enhances water uptake so your tree will stay fresher longer.

Heavy needle drop is an indication that your tree is getting dry. If you observe heavy needle drop before you want to remove your tree, limit the time it is lit to reduce the risk of fire.

Position your tree away from heat vents, space heaters, and out of exit ways. Check all lighting before you put it on the tree. Electric arcing of frayed or broken areas on lights, cords, and plugs causes half of Christmas tree fires. Throw damaged lights away. Do not chance repairing. No more than three sets of lights should be connected to a single extension cord. Overloaded cords can start a fire. Keep all lights and electrical cords away from the water in the tree stand, and away from curtains and other flammable materials. Keep children and pets away from light strings and electrical decorations. Make sure you unplug all lights before leaving the house or going to sleep.

Use weatherproof lights and electrical cords to decorate outside. Remove them at the end of the season, as they are not designed to withstand prolonged exposure to weather and sunlight.

If you purchase new lights or electrical cords, make sure they bear the initials of the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to insure they conform to safety standards.

Candles are especially popular this time of year. Don’t use them on your tree or in window sills. Use electric candles with the UL label instead. If you burn candles, use fire proof holders and remove decorations or floral arrangements that are in or around the container. Always extinguish candles before you leave the room, house, or go to sleep.

Do not burn trees, decorations, or wrapping paper in your fireplace. A flash fire may result as they can ignite suddenly and may exceed the capacity of your fireplace.

Have a safe and merry holiday season.

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Guest Contributor & Article Credits: Fire Marshal Alan Perkins, CFPS (Live Safe Foundation, Liaison to the Fire Department Community) – Alan’s career in the fire service spans more than 30 years. He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist through the National Fire Protection Association and a member of numerous similar safety organizations. Alan consults with numerous fire departments throughout Ohio and in 2005 was chosen by the Ohio Department of Health as the fire service member on the Ohio School Inspection Advisory Committee. He was also awarded Ohio Fire Official of the Year in 2009 by the Ohio Building Officials Association. Alan is the Fire Marshal for the Washington Township Fire Department in Dublin, Ohio. The Washington Township Fire Department provides fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and education and safety programs for Washington Township, which encompasses parts of Franklin, Delaware and Union Counties.

Live Safe Foundation is an Ohio based non-profit organization (501c3), devoted to making and fire and life safety education, awareness initiatives and life saving tools available on a broad basis to communities, campuses, and institutions in an effort to reduce national fire fatalities and fire losses.

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Partners in Prevention is Spotlighting July as Firework Safety Month   July 2nd, 2013

The Fourth of July is right around the corner! Take a look at The Live Safe Foundation’s July Spotlight: Firework Safety Month. Learn more about how you can celebrate safely this month with friends and family.

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Information on the monthly LIVEFIRESAFE campaign is presented in coordination with our Partners in Prevention:

CampusFireSafety.com & Pioneering Technology

Live Safe Foundation is an Ohio based non-profit organization (501c3), devoted to making and fire and life safety education, awareness initiatives and life saving tools available on a broad basis to communities, campuses, and institutions in an effort to reduce national fire fatalities and fire losses.

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Partners in Prevention is Spotlighting May as SMART Objectives for Facility & EM Professionals   May 28th, 2013

Live Safe’s “Partner’s in Prevention for Campus Safe Living” program is spotlighting May as SMART objectives month for Facility and Emergency Management Professionals. We want you to take control of fire safety on your campus by writing a SMART objective plan. SMART is an acronym for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results
Oriented, and Time Bound. It’s important to plan SMART objectives for your campus fire safety program can help prevent fires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Information on the monthly LIVEFIRESAFE campaign is presented in coordination with our Partners in Prevention:

CampusFireSafety.com & Pioneering Technology

Live Safe Foundation is an Ohio based non-profit organization (501c3), devoted to making and fire and life safety education, awareness initiatives and life saving tools available on a broad basis to communities, campuses, and institutions in an effort to reduce national fire fatalities and fire losses.

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Partners in Prevention is spotlighting April as Effective Emergency Communication   April 4th, 2013

Effective emergency communication to large groups in communities with college or institutional campuses is an ongoing challenge and vital for safety. While there is a need to focus on various forms of technology and how to use them for mass communication in time of crises, disseminating basic messages are an effective platform. Most campuses now rely on technology infrastructure for pandemic events such as wildfires and riots. There will be a full complement of radio, television, print as well as email and text messaging options to communicate to our population. Campus buildings will have emergency communication systems such as fire alarms and other voice based warning systems that work in synchronization with fire alarms, to convey appropriate instructions to building occupants. During hurricanes and earthquakes these forms of communication will most likely not be available. Mass communication will have to revert to a low-tech means of communication. Customized message libraries becomes a highly useful emergency management resource readily available for your emergency management community.  Map-out messages (as shown below) to help verify inclusion of all intended recipients, as well as confirming the right formats for distribution and the right length for each type of communication.

 Your Friends at the Live Safe Foundation

Information on the monthly LIVEFIRESAFE campaign is presented in coordination with our Partners in Prevention:

CampusFireSafety.com & Pioneering Technology

Live Safe Foundation is an Ohio based non-profit organization (501c3), devoted to making and fire and life safety education, awareness initiatives and life saving tools available on a broad basis to communities, campuses, and institutions in an effort to reduce national fire fatalities and fire losses.

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Partners in Prevention is spotlighting March as Reduce Fire Risks   March 12th, 2013

Housing fires involving college students are an unfortunate fact that must be addressed. The grim statistics demonstrate that the risk of tragic fire events is persistent and significant. Maximizing student fire safety is thus an imperative, both to save lives and to reduce university liability on and off-campus.

Here are actions to help “Reduce Fire Risks, 5 Actions to Reduce Universities’ Fire Related Liability, and the ways that Colleges Benefit“:

 

Reduce Fire Risks

Your Friends at the Live Safe Foundation

Information on the monthly LIVEFIRESAFE campaign is presented in coordination with our Partners in Prevention:

CampusFireSafety.com & Pioneering Technology

Live Safe Foundation is an Ohio based non-profit organization (501c3), devoted to making and fire and life safety education, awareness initiatives and life saving tools available on a broad basis to communities, campuses, and institutions in an effort to reduce national fire fatalities and fire losses.

 

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