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.
When searching for your
next Airbnb you might check out location, number of bedrooms, and whether it
has a kitchen. But what about fire safety?
A study by Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health analyzed Airbnb listings across 17 countries.
It found that less than half of Airbnb venues that allow smoking are equipped
with smoke detectors, while nearly two-thirds of venues that do not allow
smoking are equipped with smoke detectors.
According to the National
Fire Protection Association, smoking was the leading cause of home fire deaths in
the U.S. for the five year period of 2012-2016. Overall, one of every 31 home
smoking material fires resulted in death.
A working smoke alarm can cut
your risk of dying in a fire by 50%–but it must be working. Test smoke alarms
when you arrive at your Airbnb, and take note of all exits and the pathways to
them. Think about how you will get out if the alarm sounds in the middle of the night. Be sure to
keep pathways free of clutter.
If you smoke, use only
fire-safe cigarettes, use a deep sturdy ashtray, don’t discard cigarettes in
vegetation such as potted plants, and never smoke in bed.
The 2019 Jane and Larry Glazer Memorial Golf Tournament was our biggest fundraiser yet, raising more than $44,000 to benefit Prevention 1st.
This year 104 golfers turned out, with 144 people attending the post-tournament dinner at Midvale Country Club. Harvey Bunis and Scott Rogoff were our outstanding MCs for the dinner program.
to our winning golfers:
1st Place Men’s (59): Eric Koehler, Joel Chiarenza, Zachary Buschner, Ryan
1st Place Mixed (70): Tom Marletta, Chuck
Marletta, Jason Warner, Darlene Tool
Closest to the Pin # 4 (Men): Michael Pattison, 3’2”
Closest to the Pin # 4 (Women): Shelley VanLare, 28’01”
Closest to the Line #7 (Men): Michael Cimino
Closest to the Line #7 (Women): Heidi Burke
#2,3 Birdie (3,4) Jared Dinaburg, Cliff White, Scott Chase, Griffin Byrns
#10 Eagle (3) Scott Rogoff, Brett Rogoff
#13 Birdie (2) Peter Cook, David Cook, Kyle Bennett, Ed Cook
to all of our golfers and attendees, and to Midvale Country Club for their outstanding service and support.
special thanks to our 2019 Golf Committee: Co-chairs
Jessica Holly and Michael Chatwin; Harvey Bunis; Molly
Clifford; Jack Dinaburg; Kristin Fulford; Rick Glazer;Eric Koehler; Stewart Moscov; David Pelusio; Sarabeth
Rogoff; Scott Rogoff, and Joan Updaw.
DiCaro & Barak, LLC
& Jack Dinaburg
Products Company, Inc.
& David Pelusio
DiCaro & Barak, LLC
S. Bunis, Esq.
for Joseph Robach
Cole & Daryl Sharp
Disabilities Giving Circle
& Dreste LLP
Chief John Caufield and Susan Walz
American Title Insurance Company
Rochester Health Foundation
Financial Services, LLC
& Three Ladies
Metzger Barr & Co, LLP
Pizzeria at the Brighton Pub
Area Community Foundation
& Brett Rogoff
Rutty and Co.
Insurance Marketplace Agency
Special Needs Planning
Schubel Meier Elder Law
Webster Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Inc.
Sheryl Watts, a Safe at Home trainer for Prevention 1st, sees firsthand the positive effect the program has on individuals and their families
Recently she worked with
Christopher, a young man who lives with his parents and was excited every week
about what he was learning. And he loved sharing his knowledge, often saying at
the end of his session with Sheryl: “I can’t wait for Dad to come home so I can
teach him this!”
His excitement rose
highest at the final session, when he was able to perform all the safety
techniques he’d learned without prompting. When Sheryl told him he was
officially graduated and would get a certificate, his reveled in his accomplishment: “I can’t believe I did that!”
Safe at Home trainers all have a fire safety background. Sheryl also works full-time at Lifetime Assistance, where she is in charge of fire safety. Each training starts with an assessment of any fire hazards in the home, and for this Sheryl often teams up with another trainer who has experience as a firefighter.
At the first session she also assesses the current fire safety knowledge of the person being trained. Then in 30-45 minute in-home weekly sessions, Sheryl teaches them about cooking safety, identifying fire hazards, locating and testing smoke alarms, exiting when the alarm goes off, and calling 9-1-1. Each week the previous week’s lessons are also reviewed.
Training may last from 3
weeks to 8 weeks depending on the person’s knowledge at the beginning and how
well they retain new knowledge. At the end of each of Christopher’s sessions,
Sheryl talked about what he had learned with his mother, who worked with him
between weekly sessions.
“Actually practicing the
techniques is important,” explains Sheryl. “Christopher learned how to exit his
bedroom safely if the alarm goes off:
test the door using the back of the hand, take a cell phone and shoes, and
if the door is hot how to block smoke from under the door and go to the window
to signal for help”.
Safe at Home is customized
to the individual. Sheryl has worked with one young woman with autism who
wasn’t very verbal. So they made picture
cards together and then used them as part of learning.
“I’d ask ‘There’s a noise
going off, what could that be?’ And she’d point to the alarm, “ Sheryl
explains. “We’d lay out the cards in a
sequence showing what might make the alarm go off—fire—and what we should do
All of Sheryl’s trainees
have one thing in common: “They really want
to learn, and to be safe.”
Seeing the sense of
accomplishment they get from their achievements is very rewarding for Sheryl.
So is their determination to apply what they’ve learned. For example, at the
beginning of his training Christopher could find the smoke alarm but didn’t
know how to test it. Sheryl demonstrated the test button and they discussed how
important it is that the alarm is always working. Now Christopher is looking
forward to testing those alarms–with his father–every month.
Even if you don’t golf,
the Jane & Larry Glazer Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Prevention 1st
is the place to be September 16! Silent auction items available at the
post-tournament dinner at Midvale Country Club include a trip to Hawaii, a
60-inch television, and golf packages for Irondequoit, Midvale, Brooklea and Seneca
Hickory Stick golf courses.
Also at the dinner, the winner will be drawn from
the raffle tickets now on sale for a trip for two to Hilton Head’s iconic Harbour Town Golf
Club. All proceeds from raffle ticket sales will support the Prevention 1st
Safe at Home scholarship fund, providing customized in-home safety training to
people with developmental disabilities.
Tickets for “dinner only” are available. Download the 2019 tournament brochure.
Safe at Home, which provides in-home safety
assessment and training to reduce the risks of fire and injury in the home, was
introduced to many parents, caregivers, teens and adults with intellectual and
development disabilities at the recent Next Steps conference sponsored by
AutismUp. The conference focused on transitioning to an adult life and living
“The people who stopped by
our booth said they had never encountered anything like Safe at Home
before, and they seemed very impressed,” Safe at Home trainer Bob Crandall reported.
“One person also thought it would be good for her elderly mother who still