campfire casts a warm glow and a sense of adventure—even if it’s in your own
backyard. Cooking dinner outside on a grill can make any meal “our favorite!”
This year, being outside is a special pleasure. As we move outdoors and bring
fire with us, it’s important to bring safety as well.
Pick your spot carefully. Whether it’s a grill or firepit, make sure it’s well away from houses and sheds, vehicles, shrubs and trees including low-hanging branches.
Enforce a “3-Foot Rule” just as you do for the stove. Keep children and pets at least three feet from the fire or grill.
Never use gasoline or kerosene on either a grill or a campfire. If you’re using starter fluid with your grill, never put the fluid on a hot grill. Make sure lighter fluids are stored securely and away from children.
Resist the belief that bigger is better when it comes to campfires! A roaring blaze can more easily get out of control, and can send embers long distances.
Just as you wouldn’t leave the stove unattended, never leave your campfire or grill unattended. Put a campfire out completely before you go to bed. When you’re done with a charcoal grill, let the coals cool completely before moving or storing it.
Store lighters and matches out of sight and reach of children.
Model safe behavior for your children, treating fire with respect. Avoid assigning fire tasks to children too young to understand fire risk or react if something unexpected happens. To learn more about what children understand about fire.
To stay safe, it’s important to use and store cleaning and disinfecting products properly. The CDC has these tips:
Keep cleaning products out of reach in homes
with small children and pets.
Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia–or any
chemical other than water. This can create deadly gasses. (Note: Bleach can
appear on ingredients lists as sodium hypochlorite).
as you shouldn’t directly mix chemicals in a bottle, be careful about using one
product after another on the same surface. If you must use two separate
products to clean and disinfect, wipe the surface thoroughly with water to
remove all residue from the first product before using the second.
When using bleach keep the area
Disinfectant sprays are meant to be used on
surfaces, never on the body, pets, or food.
The CDC provides these directions for a
proper bleach solution: 5 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water, OR
4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water. Make only
as much bleach solution as you’ll need right now, because it starts to lose effectiveness
after only about a day.
With many schools closed and
parents working from home due to coronavirus, many households are disrupted. As
you try to establish normal routines for these abnormal times, keep safety in
hazards—toys, shoes, books on the floor—can
accumulate quickly when kids are home all day. To prevent falls and keep
pathways clear if you need to get out quickly on case of fire, make “pick up” a
regular part of kids’ routines.
a “child-free zone” around a hot cooktop and oven. Children ages 8 and younger
can help in the kitchen, but only with activities that don’t involve heat or
knives. Check out Kids in the Kitchen for what kitchen responsibilities are
appropriate at different ages. And while you’re cooking more at home, make sure
you’re Modeling Kitchen Fire Safety.
for activities to do with your kids? If you haven’t planned—or recently
reviewed—your home fire escape plan now could be the perfect time. Learn how at
With restaurants closed in many states and communities, we will certainly be cooking more at home. So, it’s’ a good time the remember that cooking is a leading cause of house fires – make sure it doesn’t happen to you!
60% of house fires start in the kitchen,
but these fires can be prevented! Take
these simple steps to keep your family safe:
Don’t leave the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
Keep the stovetop area clean and free of clutter.
Tie back hair and loose clothing.
Keep a lid nearby to slide over a small grease fire and keep it on until the pan is cool–NEVER put water on a grease fire.
Frying is a leading cause of kitchen fires – stay safe AND healthy and consider baking or broiling your food instead!
Talented young artists from schools throughout the area–RCSD Abelard Reynolds School #42, Cobbles Elementary School, East Rochester School, Harris Hill Elementary School, Honeoye Falls Manor School, RCSD Pinnacle School #35, Scribner Road Elementary School, St. Joseph School, and the Charles Finney School–contributed posters to the contest this year.
Congratulations to our 1st Place Winners in each category:
mentions go to:
And congratulations to fifth-grader D’angelo Dixon, the lucky winner of a random drawing of all poster artists, who will get a ride on a firetruck to RCSD Abelard Reynolds School #42, courtesy of the Rochester Fire Department!
Prevention 1st would like to thank this year’s judges for their work in choosing this year’s winners: New York State Senator Joe Robach, Rochester Fire Marshal Christine Schryver, and Memorial Art Gallery Education Director Marlene Hamman-Whitmore.
Posters were judged on
both artistic merit and the impact of its fire safety message. All participants
will receive a certificate and all posters will be displayed at the following locations
around the city and county during March:
Rochester Public Library Children’s Center (winners and honorable mentions)
of Lancaster NY, the first winner of the Arlayne & Stephen D. Rogoff
Scholarship, learned to prevent injuries through a very personal experience:
caring for her beloved grandmother.
The Rogoff Scholarship application requires
an essay outlining the candidate’s personal experience with a preventable
injury or in-home danger and their plans to generate awareness or educate
others on such risks. In her essay, Ritchie wrote of her close relationship
with her grandmother, “my first true friend.” When a near-fatal infection and multiple
surgeries left her grandmother needing assistance, prone to falls, and
vulnerable to injuries in her own home, “She became more dependent on me and
our roles were reversed.”
devices and prevention measures in place, Ritchie wrote, “I began to see her
life return to normal again.” Now 91, her grandmother continues to live
to continue to spread awareness of preventable injuries as a Physician
Assistant specializing in gerontology.
The Arlayne & Stephen D. Rogoff
Scholarship was established by their children — Scott, Brett and Robyn — along with their families and the Prevention 1st
Board of Directors. Mr.
Rogoff was a tremendous friend to Prevention 1st,
and co-founded the organization’s first major fund raiser, a Golf Tournament in
2013. The $1,000 scholarships are awarded to recipients who best demonstrate
Stephen’s empathetic and actionable character. For more information contact email@example.com.
annual Jane and Larry Glazer
Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Prevention 1st will be held
Monday, September 20. Board members Michael Chatwin and Jessica Holly
will co-chair the event, which this year will move to a new location:
Irondequoit Country Club.
The Golf Tournament is a major source of support for
Prevention 1st’s injury prevention programs, last year raising more
than $44,000. Watch for details and registration information in the coming
is pleased to announce our Board officers for the coming year.
Dinaburg will serve as
President as Molly Clifford steps down. We wish her all the best in her new
life in Philadelphia!
Chatwin, who has served
on the Golf Tournament committee since its inception, will serve as one of two vice-presidents.
Rick Glazer will continue as our second vice-president. Our thanks to Bob Crandall for his prior
service in this office.
Troy Whigham will continue as Treasurer.
Holly, co-chair of the
Golf Tournament, will serve as Secretary. Thank you to Jen Glanton Ralph for
We would also
like to thank and recognize several Board members who have retired from the
Board this year: Andrea Demeo, Michael Hirsch, Carolyn Kourofsky and Stewart
Child-resistant caps on
medication bottles have helped reduce fatal poisonings of young children in the
U.S. since they were mandated decades ago. But they can only protect children
if they’re in place.
The holiday season brings visits
to and from friends and families of all ages. Grandparents and adults who don’t
usually have young children under the same roof may need to be reminded to carefully
replace the cap on medications and keep medication bottles out of sight and
Medications have overtaken
household products such as cleaning fluids as the leading cause of child
poisonings, and the number of ED visits and calls to poison control centers for
medication overdoses is rising. Between 2005 and 2009, ED visits for medication
overdoses among children younger than 5 years rose 20%.*
The peak incidence for
unintentional medication overdoses is in 2-year-olds. It’s an age when young
children are developing greater ability to move around on their own—and when
their ability to reach surfaces previously out of reach can increase
unexpectedly from one week to the next.
For all ages, analgesics
(painkillers) are the #1 substance involved in poisonings reported to poison control
centers, responsible for 11% of such poisonings.
The initiative Preventing
Overdoses and Treatment Exposures Task Force (PROTECT) is promoting development
of a new generation of safety packaging to limit the amount of medication a
child could ingest even if a child-resistant cap has not been re-secured properly.
Acknowledging that even enhanced safety packaging will not be 100% “child-proof,” PROTECT has also launched the “Up and Away” public education campaign to promote safe use and storage of medications. Among their suggestions: program the national poison control number (800-222-1222) into your cell phone.
Find more tips for preventing poisonings and other injuries in Prevention 1st’s Safety Resources.
from the National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics
System, and Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Having a working smoke
alarm, responding right away when it sounds, and having and practicing a plan
to get out quickly are more crucial today than ever.
Modern homes are more
susceptible to rapid fire spread, according to a study* by UL, a global safety certification company. The average U.S. home size has increased
56% since 1980, and more homes have two stories. The larger the home, the more
air is available to sustain and grow a fire. Newer homes are also more likely
to incorporate open floor plans, taller ceilings, great rooms and two-story
foyers, which can contribute to rapid smoke and fire spread.
Modern building materials
and furnishings are also more likely to include faster-burning synthetic materials
and/or combustible materials.
UL conducted a number of
fire experiments involving rooms made with either modern or “legacy” materials
(contents that might have been found in a mid-20th century house),
recording the time it took for “flashover” (a fire spreading very rapidly across a gap because of intense
heat) to occur. These experiments found that while flashover took 29
minutes or more in legacy rooms, in modern rooms it took less than 5 minutes.
In addition, modern windows and doors fail more rapidly than their legacy
counterparts, which can allow more air in to fuel the fire.
Average fire department
time to residential fires from 2004 to 2009 was approximately 6.4 minutes according
to the National Fire Incident Reporting System.
A working smoke alarm can
reduce your risk of dying in a fire by 50%–if it is working, you
respond to it immediately, and you can get out quickly, even in darkness.
Here’s how to keep yourself and your family safer:
Test your smoke alarms, ideally monthly, even if they have long-life batteries or are hard-wired.
Keep bedroom doors closed; whether modern or legacy they provide a barrier against smoke and heat. Feel the door with the back of your hand. If it’s hot, put down a towel or other material to keep out smoke, and go to a window to exit or signal to firefighters.
If the alarm sounds, don’t waste time looking for the source—get out, then call 9-1-1.
*Kerber, S. Analysis of Changing Residential Fire Dynamics, UL, 2012.