Summer Safety Tips!

Spring Cleaning? Tips for Staying Safe!

BIC’s play safe! be safe! Program Utilized as Fire Safety Education Resource for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are 74% more likely to be treated for any injury, and the rate of burn injuries is 60% higher than in the general population matched for age. To ensure that fire safety education is readily available to all audiences, BIC’s play safe! be safe! program, which was developed over two decades ago for children in preschool, is also being utilized to teach children of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Boliver Herald Free Press: Playing it Safe

The play safe! be safe! program was featured in the Boliver Herald Free Press, read the article here!

Family Fire Safety Tips From Dr. Cole

NBC’s most watched new show has everyone buzzing about fire safety. Whether you watch the show or not, there are some important fire safety lessons to learn to keep you and your family safe. Check out the infographic below for tips from fire safety expert, Dr. Robert Cole.
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October is Fire Prevention Month!

October is Fire Prevention Month. Did you know that 23% of homes have no working smoke alarms? Learn more about fire safety, and see our checklists to make sure you know everything you need to know to keep your family safe.

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play safe! be safe! Workshops Head to Canada!

On April 27th, the play safe! be safe! team is heading to Canada to conduct a workshop for Prince Albert educators and fire safety professionals. The workshop aims to provide insight into how children view fire safety, tips for increasing their awareness, and ways to understand the challenges that come up when discussing fire safety with them.

The workshop is being sponsored by Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs and will be led by Molly Clifford, the Executive Director of Community Health Strategies. To learn more about the upcoming workshop, read this article from the Prince Albert Daily Herald!

Is It Time to Spring Clean Your Smoke Alarm?

Whether for traditional “spring cleaning,” or simplify-your-life decluttering, many of us are feeling inspired right now to tidy up and throw away objects that we no longer need. During our spring cleaning, we may not think of checking our smoke alarms, but we should as they protect us night and day by warning us of fire – but only if they’re working. Learn More “Is It Time to Spring Clean Your Smoke Alarm?”

As Winter Hangs On, Use Fireplaces Safely

Late winter blizzards, variable temperatures, and early spring windstorms have forced households in many parts of the country to use their fireplaces more and more. And when storms knock out power, the fireplace can also become the primary source of warmth.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than a third of Americans use fireplaces and other fuel-fired appliances as primary home heating sources, particularly in rural areas. Unfortunately, heating fires account for about one in three residential home fires in rural areas every year, often because of a buildup of creosote, a dark brown or black flammable tar deposited from wood smoke on the walls of a chimney, in chimneys and stovepipes. Learn More “As Winter Hangs On, Use Fireplaces Safely”

Check your Smoke Alarm – Even With “Long Life” Batteries

Each year, when Daylight Saving Time returns and we change our clocks, we are also reminded by fire departments across the country to check our smoke alarms and to change their batteries if necessary. But if your smoke alarms have “long-life” batteries or are hard-wired, is this advice still timely?

One word, from the U.S. Fire Administration and others: Yes!

Although long-life batteries are sometimes called “10-year” batteries, not every single long-life battery will work for 10 years. A recent study in Dallas, TX, showed a marked reduction in working smoke detectors due to battery failure after six years and according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

So yes, you should still test your smoke alarms at least twice a year. In fact, the NFPA recommends testing your alarms once a month. Get the basics of home smoke alarms, including how to test them, from this 2-minute video.

It is important to recognize that even hard-wired alarms can fail, so they also need to be tested. The NFPA recommends replacing any smoke alarm after 10 years.

When testing your smoke alarm, it is critical to make sure that everyone in your home is familiar with your home’s escape plan. You can learn more about planning and practice your escape at