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If you assume you’d know what to do if a fire happens in your home, listen to the Oct. 13 podcast featuring Dr. Robert Cole, fire safety expert, on House Smarts on radio station WABC-AM (start at 26 minutes in).
Lou Manfredini, the show’s host, recalled a friend who had a fire on her stovetop: “Her initial reaction was to grab the pan and take it out of the house. All she did was spread the fire.”
When something unexpected happens like a fire, or the smoke alarm going off in the middle of the night, it can be hard to remember what to do.
“Without having thought things through, people can make the wrong choices,” said Dr. Cole. “We need to get people to think that a fire can happen to them, think about what they would do, and practice.”
His most important tips:
- Have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, and be sure everyone in the home can hear them.
- Everyone in your home needs to know what to do if the smoke alarm goes off, especially if that happens at night when people are asleep. It’s important to be able to get out quickly.
- You need to practice your home escape. First, to be sure everyone can do what they need to do to get out safely (especially important when young children, older adults, or people with disabilities are part of the household). And if they’ve actually practiced, then in an emergency they will have that memory of what they should do.
“The risk of fire is real, and these are reasonable things to do to prepare,” said Dr. Cole. “You don’t want to be the family that gets caught off guard.”
Prevention1st.org has many Safety Resources, especially for families with children, to help them understand the risks and stay safe from fire, including Homefiredrill.org, a website to help you plan and practice your escape.
TO KICK OFF FIRE PREVENTION MONTH, PREVENTION 1ST ANNOUNCES “FILMS ON FIRE!”
Short Film Competition for Middle and High School Students Highlighting Fire Safety
Rochester-area non-profit Prevention 1st is kicking off Fire Prevention Month on Monday by opening “Films on Fire!,” a short film competition encouraging local middle and high school students to create entertaining and educational videos to teach young people about fire safety. The contest, which has a poster component for elementary school students, will be judged by local filmmakers and community leaders in February, with cash prizes going to the winners in each category.
“With the recent news that New York State is second in the nation for the most deadly house fires, it’s more important than ever to make sure every member of the family knows how to prevent fires, but also what to do in the event they break out,” said retired RFD Lieutenant and Prevention 1st Vice President Robert Crandall.
Interested young people and those who work with them are encouraged to visit www.prevention1st.org/fof2019 to find out the details and requirements for the contest. Included are content suggestions, so that students focus on the key messages that are most important for people to remember around fire safety.
“We are excited to see the creativity that students bring to their videos,” Crandall said. “Whether it’s practicing an exit plan, testing smoke alarms, or cooking more safely, we know that young people are more likely to learn from their peers. This should be an innovative and entertaining way to teach some skills that youngsters often take for granted.”
Of particular interest to young people may be the cash prize of $100 each for the winner of the middle school and high school “social media” category for students whose videos get the most “likes” on Facebook, YouTube or other sites. The winning videos judged by the contest panel will each win $250.
See attached flyer for both the video contest and poster contest. Please share!
Lt. Crandall (cell 748-6331) and Prevention 1st President Molly Clifford (cell 233-3699) will be available for comment any time during the week of October 1.
The 2018 Jane and Larry Glazer Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Prevention 1st raised more than $38,000 to support key injury prevention programs.
This year’s silent auction raised $455 for a new fund memorializing Stephen Rogoff, who along with Harvey Bunis conceived of, developed and co-chaired the Golf Tournament since its beginning in 2013. The inaugural Golf Tournament held in 2013 was Prevention 1st’s first major fund raiser.
Our thanks and congratulations to Jessica Holly and Michael Chatwin, who will co-chair next year’s event. Congratulations to our winning foursomes and outstanding golfers:
1st Place Men’s (60): Rick Glazer, Jeff Rubens, Jordan Morgenstern, Adrian Morgenstern
1st Place Mixed (76): Kevin Lillis, Shelly VanLare, Joan Updaw, Wendy Guinn
Closest to the Pin # 4 (Men): Matt Diberaradinis (3’ 4”)
Closest to the Pin # 4 (Women): Marie Michaels (40’ 00”)
Closest to the Line #7 (Men): Chris Wensley
Closest to the Line #7 (Women): Shelly VanLare
Thanks to all of our golfers and attendees, to Midvale Country Club for their outstanding service and support, to Abrams Fensterman for donation of tote bags and Buckingham Properties for donation of roadway multi-tool gifts for all golfers and attendees, Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak for donation of on-course snacks and beverages, Ralph Honda for sponsorship of the Hole in One Contest, Sage Rutty for golf cart sponsorship, and to our 2018 Golf Committee: Harvey Bunis, Jessica Holly, John Eilertsen, Michael Chatwin, Rick Glazer, Kristin Fulford, Sarabeth Rogoff, Scott Rogoff, and Joan Updaw.
Abrams Fensterman, LLPB
Buckingham Properties, LLC
Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC
Cooley Group, Inc.
Cathy & Jack Dinaburg
Ernstrom & Dreste, LLP
Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP
Community Health Strategies
Abrams Fensterman, LLP
Barclay Damon, LLP
Browncroft Family Restaurant
Buckingham Properties, LLC
Harvey S. Bunis, Esq.
Canandaigua National Bank
Friends of Molly Clifford
Robert Cole & Daryl Sharp
Community Health Strategies
Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle
DJP Development LLC
First American Title Insurance Company
Flaherty Salmin CPAs
The Glazer Family
Heritage Financial Services, LLC
Kevin & 3 Ladies
Kiwanis West Central
Al Mason, Photographer
Mengel Metzger Barr & Co, LLP
Thomas H. Neilans, Ph.D.
Palmer Food Services
Debbie & David Pelusio
Senator Joe Robach
Rochester Area Community Foundation
Rochester Hardwood Floor
Heather & Brett Rogoff
Ruda Investment Group
Sage Rutty and Co.
Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC
Sharon P. Stiller
Upstate Special Needs Planning
Webster Schubel Meier Elder Law
Prevention 1st, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, invites young filmmakers to submit a short film on the topic of INJURY PREVENTION, FIRE PREVENTION, or FIRE SAFETY to the Prevention 1st Short Film Competition. No entry fee. No purchase necessary to enter or win.
- Films on Fire Poster – Send to potential filmmakers!
- Official Rules (This webpage in easy-to-print PDF format)
- Messaging Sheet
- Filmmaking Info Sheet
- Actor Release Form
- Actor Release Form DOCX
- Music Release Form PDF
- Submission Checklist
SUBMIT YOUR FILM
Films on Fire proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.
The competition is open to residents of the greater Rochester, New York area, defined as Rochester, Monroe County, and the surrounding Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, and Wayne counties.
This competition is open to individuals, classes, or groups. In the case of a class or a group, a team leader or teacher should be named as representative for submission purposes.
Staff members of Prevention 1st and their family members, as well as members of the Jury and their family members, may submit Entries, but such Entries are not eligible to be a Winner.
Middle School (grades 6 through 8)
High School (grades 9 through 12)
As this is a competition for young filmmakers, all entrants under age 18 must have a parent or guardian sign off on entries. In the case of school classes or other groups, the adult in charge is responsible for securing the permission of participants’ parent or guardian.
Each video submitted to the competition must be under three minutes in length, and must comply with the rules. Entries should be “G-Rated,” containing no inappropriate language or violence.
Video Submissions must be submitted via FilmFreeway with a Vimeo or Youtube link.
Video Submissions of all genres and styles will be accepted. The videos may be recorded in any language, but English subtitles are highly encouraged for those not produced in English. All video submissions must tell a story to help raise awareness about injury prevention, fire prevention, or fire safety, as further described by the judging criteria.
Entries must be original works. If the submission contains media (including music) created by someone else, permission must be obtained and provided upon request. Prevention 1st encourages the use of royalty-free or Creative Commons music.
Whenever making a film that will be shown online, it’s important to get permission from anyone who appears in the final piece. That applies to music used within the film as well. To that end, Prevention 1st offers simple MUSIC RELEASE and TALENT RELEASE forms. If your film is to be considered as a finalist, you must be prepared to provide Prevention 1st with those completed forms.
Entries must be submitted via the Prevention 1st website between 6:00 p.m. EST on October 1, 2018 and 11:59 p.m. EST January 25, 2019. The first 200 entries received will be considered for competition. See our website www.prevention1st.org/fof2019 for official rules, release forms, guidelines, and submission link. Submissions will be accepted through Film Freeway at www.filmfreeway.com/prevention1st
Prevention 1st shall organize a Competition Committee. The Competition Committee will verify that the Entrant and the Entry meets the eligibility criteria. The Competition Committee may disqualify any Entry that it deems inappropriate.
JUDGING CRITERIA AND SCORING PROCEDURE
Prevention 1st will organize a committee of individuals (the “Jury”), to decide winners based on the competition criteria. Criteria can include, but are not limited to, writing, acting, educational value, editing, production value, and artistic expression. All decisions of the competition committee and jury are final.
SOCIAL MEDIA VOTING
The Competition Committee will announce its list of eligible films via email and social media. Filmmakers competing for the social media prize should share their video on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtags #Prevention1st and #FilmsOnFire. Number of shares will be counted on February 25, 2019.
Middle School Category:
Jury winner: $250
Social media winner: $100
High School Category:
Jury winner: $250
Social media winner: $100
NOTIFICATION AND RECEIPT OF PRIZES
Winners will be announced March 1, 2019 via email and social media. Every reasonable attempt will be made to deliver prizes before April 1, 2019.
Each entrant (with parent/guardian) grants to Prevention 1st a non-exclusive license to use the film for the festival and other promotional or educational purposes for all media, worldwide in perpetuity. Filmmakers retain the copyright to their works.
The entrants shall hold Prevention 1st harmless, and discharges those involved with the competition from any and all claims, losses, or damages.
GUIDELINES FOR CONTENT
See our MESSAGING SHEET for ideas! It contains possible phrases and topics to make your movie about. Since we emphasize fire safety, the use of actual fire is prohibited in any video entry. Visit www.prevention1st.org/fof2019
See our FILMMAKING INFO SHEET for tips on as storyboarding, script-writing, good shooting practices, recording audio, editing, and finalizing your video. Visit www.prevention1st.org/fof2019
Prevention 1st’s “Safe at Home” individualized home safety program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) drew plenty of interest at the National Association of State Fire Marshals’ Annual Conference last month. People with intellectual disabilities are 4 times more likely to die in a fire than the general population, and their risk increases as they move toward more independent living.
“Many people were surprised to learn how far and how fast the shift to more independent living is moving,” said Bob Crandall, who presented the program to the audience of fire marshals and fire safety educators. Several attendees signed up for more training in the Prevention 1st Safe at Home model, which targets the highest fire risk injuries by addressing both environmental hazards and safety skills.
From 1988 to 2008 there was a 311% increase in adults w/IDD living in residences of 6 or fewer, and the number of those renting or living in their own home has doubled. Along with greater independence, their vulnerability for fire and burn injury is increasing. In New York State, for example, 75% of people with I/DD live semi-independently in noncertified settings—which are not subject to strict fire safety regulations.
The 2018 Jane & Larry Glazer Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Prevention 1st will be held on Monday, Sept. 17 at Midvale Country Club. There are still a few spots available for foursomes. Sponsorships are also available, and non-golfers are welcome for dinner and silent auction following the tournament.
Download the flyer and registration form here.
Golfers will have a “hole in one” opportunity to win a car donated by Ralph Honda. All participants including golfers and dinner guests will receive a tote bag donated by Abrams Fensterman. Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak is donating on-course snacks and beverages. Silent auction items include a Rochester Amerks package, shoe donated by a Buffalo Bills wide receiver, hotel packages, riding lessons, golfing at many major golf courses in the area, and more.
This year’s event will also honor the memory of Stephen Rogoff, founding co-chair of the Prevention 1st Golf Tournament, who passed away on August 14.
Prevention 1st is creating a Leadership Development program for the Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) focusing on fire safety and prevention. Senior Girl Scouts will develop and practice their fire safety presentations, then train Daisy and/or Brownie troops. The trainings will count toward the Senior Girl Scouts’ leadership awards, and toward the younger Girl Scouts’ BIC play safe! be safe!® Fire Safety Education Patch.
“GSWNY believes the Leaders in Prevention program will help retain Senior Girl Scouts, build relationships between the younger and older girls, and motivate the junior Girl Scouts to stay with scouting beyond the elementary grades,” said Scarlett Webb, Girl Experience Specialist at GSWNY.
Prevention 1st will host two leadership development training sessions, one in Monroe County sponsored by the John F. Wegman Fund of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, and one in Erie County sponsored by Prevention 1st. At these the Senior Girl Scouts will learn about: the fire risk in young children, approaches to teaching young children, presentation skills to keep their audience engaged and learning, and resources to assist in teaching. They will develop a presentation and practice it in front of the group, then work with GSWNY to schedule presentations for Daisy and/or Brownie troops to ultimately train 900 junior Girl Scouts.
In Prevention 1st’s home state of New York, some counties will allow the sale of certain types of fireworks during the month of June and through the holiday weekend. A new state law allows “sparkling devices”—sparklers and other small ground fireworks—to be sold and used in counties that approved a local version of the law.
Our take on this? Even when and where they’re legal, we still have plenty of reasons to leave fireworks to the pros. That includes sparklers, which burn hot enough to cause third degree burns and account for a quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
By the way, it’s still illegal to set off fireworks in counties that didn’t approve the new law even if you bought them in a county that allows fireworks. And no one under the age of 18 is allowed to handle even legal fireworks—including sparklers and other sparking devices—in the state of New York.
Prevention 1st trainers Bob Crandall & Julia Engstrom introduced the Safe at Home program at the 45th Annual Fire & Life Safety Educators’ Conference. More than a hundred firefighters and public educators from throughout the Northeast and Canada attended this conference held in Montour Falls by the NYS Association of Fire Chiefs and the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
Learn more about Safe at Home at www.safeathometraining.org