Close Your Door to Prevent Fire Deaths

One simple action, closing your bedroom door, could save your life.

Tests by UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute found that in the event of a fire rooms with an open door showed temperatures over 1,000°F, while a room with a closed door had temperatures at only 100°F. Research also showed that a closed door kept …CONTINUE READING

10th Anniversary Celebrates Prevention 1st Supporters

Prevention 1st celebrated its Tenth Anniversary on September 29 by recognizing some special friends who have played a significant role in its success:

Volunteers Harvey Bunis and Stephen Rogoff conceived of, and created from scratch, the organization’s first major fund raiser–a Golf Tournament held at Midvale Country Club in 2013. They recruited a committee, approached …CONTINUE READING

Teens With Special Needs Get Special Safety Training

When children reach about 14 years of age, most parents feel confident about leaving them home alone for a certain amount of time. For parents of teens with intellectual disabilities, though, that decision is more complicated. Will their child know how to respond if there’s an emergency, get out if the smoke alarm sounds, and …CONTINUE READING

Celebrating 10 Years of Preventing Injuries and Saving Lives

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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

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

Yes, You Do Still Have to Check Your Alarms

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

Even for smoke alarms that have long-life batteries—or are hard-wired—it’s still important to make sure the alarm …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