Teaching People With Intellectual Disabilities to Live Independently and Safely

Prevention 1st has entered the exciting next phase in its development of an evaluated curriculum for teaching safety to people with intellectual disabilities, thanks to grants from the Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle of the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Jane L. and Laurence C. Glazer Charitable Trust.

More people with intellectual disabilities are choosing …CONTINUE READING

Home Fire Drill Poster Contest Winners' Prize: Lunch With Firefighters!

Two Rochester Fire Department firehouse teams showed their appreciation to winners of the 2016 Prevention 1st Home Fire Drill Poster Contest this month.

Kue Nae Htoo of the Rochester International Academy, who won first place in the Middle School category for her poster with the message “Test Your Alarms,” visited the Lyell Avenue Firehouse. Taleah …CONTINUE READING

Safe Cooking Matters

Prevention 1st is partnering with Foodlink, a Rochester-based non-profit that provides food to food pantries across the upstate NY region, to incorporate safety into its cooking and nutrition education programs for families.

With the help of a grant from Wegmans Food Markets, Prevention 1st will develop kitchen and cooking safety curriculum for Foodlink’s “Cooking Matters” …CONTINUE READING

Home Fire Drill Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations to our Home Fire Drill Poster Contest Winners! The winners in each age group are:

Aaliya Allen, East High School

Kue Nae Htoo, Rochester International Academy

Taleah Ortiz, Kodak Park School #41

Prevention 1st also awarded an Honorable Mention this year, to Bernardini Cleophat, a Kindergardener at Rochester City School #35.


Yes, You Do Still Have to Check Your Alarms

Recently New York became the latest state to pass legislation requiring that all smoke alarms sold have “long-life” batteries (beginning in 2017). So why are Mikey and Prevention 1st still telling you to test your alarms when you change your clocks March 13?

Even for smoke alarms that have long-life batteries—or are hard-wired—it’s still important …CONTINUE READING

Free Fire Safety Resources for Vulnerable Populations

Young children and people with developmental disabilities are among those at highest risk from fire. At the Mississippi Fire Chiefs’ Conference, fire chiefs learned how to protect these vulnerable groups even when budgets for preventive education are limited.

The state of Mississippi had the highest average fire death rate in the five most recent years.[i] …CONTINUE READING

For a Safer New Year, keep that bottle of Champagne Chilled!

As you’re counting down to the New Year, keep safety in mind. A warm bottle of Champagne (or any sparkling wine) poses a greater risk than a chilled one. According to the New York Times, Champagne bottles “contain more air pressure than that found in a car tire and can launch a cork at 50 …CONTINUE READING

Top Safety Concerns for People With Developmental Disabilities: Fire and Cooking

Read Part 1: How Can People With Disabilities Be Safe While Living Independently?

Recently Prevention 1st convened Safe at Home: Effective Safety Training for People with Intellectual Disabilities Living Independently. Co-sponsored with the NYS Office of People With Developmental Disabilities and Monroe Community College, this community conference drew more than 100 attendees including people with …CONTINUE READING

Holiday Pet Safety

Most families consider their pets part of their family, and we love sharing holidays with family. But many holiday traditions can be harmful to our four-legged family members. The American Kennel Club provides these tips:

Avoid decorating with food, like popcorn or cranberry strands, because they can cause upset stomachs if eaten by your pets. …CONTINUE READING

How to Have a Safe Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a peak day for gathering with family and friends. Unfortunately, it’s also the peak day for home cooking fires. Maybe that’s not surprising, considering that the major cause of home fires is cooking—a big part of Thanksgiving activities. In fact, Thanksgiving has three times the average number of home fires involving cooking equipment …CONTINUE READING