Safer Home Heating: Kerosene Heaters

Use these tips for all types of space heaters.

Gas-fueled heating devices pose extra hazards because of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Be sure your heater is in good working condition, with no carbon buildup in the exhaust parts. Your heater should have an emergency shut off in case it tips over.

Use ONLY the fuel recommended by the heater manufacturer.

Keep kerosene or other flammable liquids outside your home, in approved metal containers in a well ventilated storage area.

NEVER fill the heater while it’s hot, or operating.

Refuel outside your home.

Make sure all fuel-burning equipment is vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.

Learn more about space heaters and their safe use from


Teaching Teens With I/DD Fire Safety: Classroom Plans and Modules

Effective fire prevention and survival skills—life skills that can protect young lives now and in their future lives—are more than school fire drills, a session of stop, drop and roll, or a mention of pot holders during a cooking lesson. Children and teens with intellectual disabilities are at higher for preventable injuries, including fire and burns. Teens are an especially important group to reach with effective fire safety skills, because they are approaching an age when many will move into more independent living situations—where their risk increases. This article includes six modules for lessons and classroom activities, discussion prompts and take-home materials that cover the key skills of kitchen safety, smoke alarms and exit plans, and calling 911.

Get the full article and fire safety lesson plans.

Poster Contest Winners Celebrate Fire Prevention


Jaylen Decoste (center front) with classmates who submitted posters from School #42

April has been a month of celebrations for the winners of the 2017 Prevention 1st Home Fire Drill Poster Contest. Winners received a pizza party for their classroom as well as Wal-Mart gift certificates.

The winner in the 3rd and 4th Grade Category was Jaylen DeCoste, 4th grader at School 42, while Honorable Mentions went to his classmate William Cody and to Yahir Zaldivara 3rd grader at School 35. Classrooms at both School 35 and 42 celebrated with a pizza party.



Colin Brunson and Ny’asia Jones at #42 school, with 5th grade teacher Anne Boccardo and Bob Crandall from Prevention 1st.

The winner in the 5th and 6th Grade Category was Colin Brunson, a 5th grader at School 42, with Honorable Mentions going to classmate Ny’asia Jones and 6th grader Alex Rosario.


Firefighter Steve Morgan gives Corey Faison a ride to School #35




Corey Faison,  a third grader from School 35, was the winner of the drawing of all students who submitted a poster for a special prize–a ride to school on a firetruck.

Yahir Zaldivara and his classmates at School 35 dig into their prize pizza party.

2017 Home Fire Drill Poster Contest Winners

Johniel Torres, 2nd grade, School 35
Jaylen DeCoste, 4th grade, School 42
Colin Brunson, 5th grade, School 42










Congratulations to our 9th annual Home Fire Drill Poster Contest Winners! Prevention 1st received nearly 200 entries from students from across the Rochester City School District in three grade categories: K-2, 3-4 and 5-6.  Winners in each category received two $25 Wal-Mart gift certificates, one for the student and one for their classroom. All posters will be displayed in public spaces throughout Rochester including: Rochester City Hall, the Children’s Center at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, Monroe County Office Building, Canandaigua National Bank, Marketplace Mall, The Mall at Greece Ridge, Greater Rochester International Airport (displayed on the TV monitors), and Rochester Museum and Science Center

PosterContest_Juding_2017_4JudgeswPostersThank you to this year’s judges: New York State Senator Joe Robach, Rochester City Schools Commissioner Liz Hallmark, Rochester Fire Marshal Christine Schryver, and the MAG’s Education Director Marlene Hamman-Whitmore

K-2nd Grade Category:
Winner: Johniel Torres, 2nd grade, School 35
Honorable Mention: Elliot Walsh, Kindergarten, School 35
Honorable Mention: Christian Soto, 2nd grade, School 35

3rd and 4th Grade Category:
Winner: Jaylen DeCoste, 4th grade, School 42
Honorable Mention: William Cody, 4th grade, School 42
Honorable Mention: Yahir Zaldivar, 3rd grade, School 35

5th and 6th Grade Category:
Winner: Colin Brunson, 5th grade, School 42
Honorable Mention: Alex Rosario, 6th grade, School 42
Honorable Mention: Ny’asia Jones, 5th grade, School 42

All participants received a certificate and the chance to win a ride to school in a fire truck, courtesy of the Rochester Fire Department!  The lucky winner of that ride is Corey Faison, a 3rd grader at School 35.

Healthy Cooking Should Be Fire-Safe Cooking

Cooking_young_girl_with_bowlCooking is the most common cause of home fires. Foodlink, a regional food bank serving 10 counties in Greater Rochester, New York, has partnered with Prevention 1st to incorporate safety into its Cooking Matters courses that help families learn about healthy cooking.

Through support from Wegmans Food Markets and Community Health Strategies, Prevention 1st has developed a kitchen and cooking safety curriculum for the program, which serves about 500 families. Here are some of Prevention 1st’s tips for preventing fires and burns in the kitchen, especially when involving children in cooking:

Be Fire Safe in Kitchen—the top fire and burn risks and how to avoid them

Kids in the Kitchen—includes at what ages children can learn to use kitchen appliances and techniques safely

Modeling Kitchen Fire Safety—the top habits for safety in the kitchen


Related Articles and Resources:

Home Fire Safety Checklist

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

Safer Cooking: Frying

When is a Child Old Enough to Use the Stove or Oven? (from our expert partner Community Health Strategies)