Fires can start at any time, and almost anywhere. Without the proper precautions, even a home you think is safe can turn into a fire trap. It’s important to be aware of the hazards that you might have in your home, and prepare accordingly.
You don’t have to have a degree in fire science to know some of the common sense steps to take to prevent a fire, whether you are in your home, or away from it. Here are some great videos about preventing fires, including a number of informative PSAs:
General Fire Prevention Tips
Use these videos to educate yourself about fire prevention, and the steps that can be taken to reduce the chance that you will have problems with fire. A great overview of the steps that can be taken to prevent fires.
The Checklist: For 2008 Fire Prevention Week, this cartoon was created. It’s mainly aimed at adults, even though it’s a cartoon. A great checklist for preventing fires in your home.
Home Fire Prevention Tips: Use these tips to help you avoid a house fire. Geared especially for the change from warm weather to cold weather.
Dryer Fire Prevention: A helpful look at how to prevent becoming a victim of dryer fire. Your dryer is a convenience, but it can also cause a fire. Be careful.
Fire prevention tips: You can get an idea of misconceptions related to fire safety, and then learn a few tips that can help you prevent fires in your home.
“Safety Tips”: You can learn from this great Q&A with members of the Philadelphia fire department. Fire prevention ideas from the pros.
Kid-Friendly Fire Prevention Videos
If you are interested helping your children learn about fire prevention, or even if you teach a class of children, it can be a good idea to use these videos, which are aimed at kids. Great resources for helping kids learn about fire prevention.
Fire Prevention & Home Safety: This fire truck helps you learn how to be safe at home, as well as prevent fires. Meant for children, offering some fire safety tips.
Fire Safety for Kids: These puppets can help your children learn about better fire habits. Suggestions for being safe at home.
Buzzly Fire Safety: Kid-friendly look at fire prevention and home safety tips. This is designed for children ages two to 10 to learn how to keep from starting fires.
Serifon fire safety: Animation meant to help children learn about fire prevention, and how to be safe at home during a fire.
Holiday Fire Prevention Videos
From fireworks accidents on the Fourth of July, to exploding deep fat fryers meant for turkeys at Thanksgiving, there are a number of fire hazards around the holidays. Here are some ways to protect yourself, and avoiding having a fire ruin your good time.
Holiday fire prevention: PSA that provides you with 10 tips for holiday safety. A great reminder of how you can keep your home safe from fire during the holidays.
Be careful with that turkey fryer: The Grand Rapids Fire Department offers a look at turkey fryers. Learn safety tips that can help you prevent a home fire when cooking a turkey.
Turkey Fryer Danger: Make sure you are careful as you prepare your turkey. Great tips for preventing a fire from your turkey fryer.
Connecting with Community Fireworks Safety: Be careful when using fireworks. Safety tips, as well as tips for avoiding starting a fire with your fireworks. Make sure that you are safe, and be careful with fireworks.
Grilling Safety: Most of us associate the Fourth of July with barbecuing. These tips can help you prevent fires — or explosions — with your grill as you enjoy the Independence Day holiday.
Preventing Forest Fires, and Camp Fire Safety Tips
These videos are about preventing forest fires. If you enjoy camping, and spending time outdoors, these are great videos to reference. Plenty of common sense suggestions and ideas.
Forest Fire Prevention: Basic video that can help you learn safety tips to prevent forest fires. Humorous video about teaching about camp fire safety. Make sure you do what you should to prevent fires.
A Day in the Forest with Smokey Bear: Looks at fire safety tips while in the forest. Iconic figure Smokey Bear helps you learn more about forest fire prevention. Especially helpful for children.
How to Build a Campfire: You can learn more about how to safely build a camp fire. A great resource for building the right kind of camp fire that will not result in the start of a forest fire.
Camping: Fire Safety: If you are not able to have wood fires in the area you are camping in, this fire safety tip can be quite helpful. Make sure you are careful, even when an open flame or wood fire is not part of your excursion.
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Happy Halloween – a small treat from us!October 29th, 2010
Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween! Here’s a small treat from us at Live Safe …Michael Jackson’s classic Thiller video:
Live Safe Foundation is a non-profit organization (501c3), and leading grassroots movement, 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. Live Safe aims to help finance fire safety education where means are otherwise unavailable. Live Safe is developing and sponsoring programs to help groups find the resources needed to advance individual and community fire safety.
“Every 15 Minutes” is a national program being used by high schools, fire departments and law enforcement agencies to teach teenagers and their parents about the grim realities and consequences of underage drinking and driving under the influence.
The two day program consists of a school assembly where firefighters, police officers, students and parents simulate a car accident caused by a drunk driver. Students play the part of kids who were drinking and were involved in a crash. Some of the victims are deceased and others are critically injured. During the mock DUI presentation, high school Juniors and Seniors watch first responders extricate and treat injured victims and pronounce others dead. Parents of the deceased are at the scene to identify their children, and students watch as the drunk driver undergoes a field sobriety test, is arrested and arraigned. The students who participate in the exercise are realistically made-up to look as though they have received serious injuries.
Ramona High School in California recently held their first “Every 15 Minutes” presentation. School administrators spent approximately eight months working with the Ramona Fire Department, CAL FIre San Diego, and the California Highway Patrol to plan the event, which was funded by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety. The school kept the assembly a secret from the general student body, selecting leaders from several school groups to participate in the accident simulation.
California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Brian Pennings explains, “We’re going to change these kids lives, and we’ll get to get the best bang for the buck. We will get the best mileage out of our efforts if we change the leaders because the next time a decision needs to be made, I would hope that the leaders would make the right decisions and then the rest of their friends will follow them.”
The program is called “Every 15 Minutes” because approximately every fifteen minutes a student dies in a drunk driving accident. To illustrate the significance of this statistic, throughout the day a police officer and a participant dressed as the “Grim Reaper” visit classrooms and remove students, leaving behind an obituary describing the accident in which they died and a yellow rose. Their parents are also sent a letter notifying them of their child’s “death”. The students and parents are reunited the next day at an emotional school assembly.
The nightmare of DUI-related deaths is a reality in Ramona. According to Captain Bob Bowden of the Ramona Fire Department, two former Ramona High School students recently perished in a DUI accident. Bowden describes the difficulty he and his fellow firefighters had in preparing for the “Every 15 Minutes” event, saying, “We sat at the station and tried to watch some of the other “15 Minute” programs on YouTube, and we ended up having tears in our eyes.”
Students who participated in and witnessed the demonstration were moved by what they saw. Spaso Ilich, who played a student “victim” in the accident, says, “It’s pretty intense. It makes you realize a lot about not drinking and driving. It makes you realize you don’t want to do it.” Ilich feels that a good portion of the students at Ramona High School will be positively affected by this, but says that there will still be some who will not heed the program’s message.
Officer Pennings, who has worked with several high schools over the years, has seen many positive things come from “Every 15 Minutes”. He says, “We did a program about ten years ago, and they’ve seen me at a restaurant or something. They say, ‘Officer Pennings, you don’t remember me, but I went to such-and-such high school. I was going down a very bad road, and this program that we did changed my life. I’m a nurse. I have three kids. I’m married, and I’m very happy. And it’s because of “Every 15 Minutes”.'”
For more information about “Every 15 Minutes”, including how your fire department, law enforcement agency or school district can participate and available grants, visit www.every15minutes.com.
Live Safe Foundation is an Ohio based non-profit organization (501c3), and leading grassroots movement, devoted to making fire 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. LiveSafe aims to help finance fire safety education where means are otherwise unavailable. LiveSafe is developing and sponsoring programs to help groups find the resources needed to advance individual and community fire safety.
“Beautiful World” Tribute to Police, Fire and EMSSeptember 21st, 2009
Woodbury Public Safety Department in Minnesota produced a great tribute video that recognizes the real world that the Police, Fire and EMS have to work in but also the need to have a positive outlook on things. The sound track “Beautiful World” was performed (Lyrics and Instruments) by the Public Safety Director Lee Vague and his 11-year old son Grant (who has an amazing voice!), the video was created by Firefighter Paramedic Jason Arney-O’Neil and Paramedic, John Dillon.
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The Fireman “Sing the Changes”September 16th, 2009
Stumbling through key words online leads me to find some fun and inspiring works of art – just by simply googling “FIRE“. Here’s a beautiful song to cheer you up mid-week! “Sing the Changes” is the new video from The Fireman Music produced by Paul McCartney & Youth from their new album, Electric Arguments.
Enjoy the rest of the week – “Feel the choir, feel the thunder/Every ladder leads to heaven/Sing the praises as you’re sleeping/Feel the sense of childlike wonder.”
College students across the United States are being welcomed into their new residence halls. In recognition of National Campus Fire Safety month, Fire Safety and Emergency Management Administrators are preparing their students on how to keep themselves safe while living in the residence halls. Just released, here is a visual of an “in-your-face” demonstration for more than 2,500 first-year students from the University of Western Ontario creating awareness for its incoming group of students, the school’s second annual live burn. The London Fire Services used two mock bedrooms, complete with wall posters, beds, desk, backpacks and other items normally found in a residence, were set ablaze to prove a perilous point.
Article: featured in Western News, written by Paul Mayne.
Please, don’t tweet, text & drive! Driving while texting (DWT) can be deadly – it puts your life at risk, as well as the people in your car and innocent pedestrians. I am personally ashamed that I text while driving – it’s a terrible, compulsive habit that puts me and my family at risk. The reality is that most, if not all, of the communication I make isn’t important and can wait until I reach my next stop. After watching this video with my kids, I had my “wake up call” to quit. Thanks to a friend on Facebook who sent me this link a week ago and brought this gruesome issue to my attention. The images are graphic, but it is worth your 5 minutes of viewing – it might save your life!
Research carried out on young drivers (aged 17-24) using a simulator found that reaction time slowed by 35% when they were writing or reading text messages while driving. In comparison, reaction time deteriorated by 21% for those under the influence of cannabis, and by 12% at the legal alcohol limit.”
So, please DON’T text, tweet and drive – on the road wherever you are! Look around, Live Safe!
Question: Did the video make an impact on you? How you feel about DWT after watching the video?