A Year of Safety

With so much stress in our daily lives, it can seem overwhelming to add tasks for checking your home safety. The danger is that we may keep putting them off. But safety strategies don’t have to take a lot of time. In the months ahead we’ll be reminding you of simple but effective safety checks you can take to keep yourself and your family safe:

January

Be sure you’re using sanitizers and disinfectants correctly, to make them safe and effective. Learn how here.

February

Check those space heaters.

March

Plan your escape in case of fire.

April

Check for overloaded outlets and frayed cords to prevent electrical fires.

May

Review the safe pool rules with your family.

June

Check the fit on your child’s bike helmet—and your own.

July

Move that grill away from your house, and other outdoor fire safety moves.

August

Have your furnace checked before heating season begins.

September

For National Grandparents Day, do a safety and hazard check of your parents home. Better yet, have the grandchildren help do it!

October

Check your smoke (and CO) alarms.

November

Company’s coming—check your home for hazards to young children and older adults.

December

Make sure holiday lighting stays festive.

Use Disinfectants Correctly

Regular use of disinfectants has become routine in many homes. Most doctors and researchers say disinfectants are safe and effective when used correctly. This is a good time to double check how you’re using them.

Keep disinfectants on surfaces, not yourself.

Disinfecting products that use bleach or quaternary ammonium compounds (quats) are considered safe if used as directed. But be sure to use them in properly ventilated rooms to avoid inhaling them, which can cause irritation in some people, and wear gloves when applying. The EPA recommends using non-aerosol sprays or wipes.

Give them time to work.

Check the product label to know how long to leave the disinfectant on a surface before wiping. Typically they recommend leaving the surface visibly wet for 4-10 minutes

Check your hand sanitizer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends checking that your hand sanitizer has at least a 60% concentration of alcohol to be effective. Also check to make sure it hasn’t expired—evaporation can lower the effectiveness of sanitizers—and check this FDA list of sanitizers to avoid because of toxic additions or inadequate levels of alcohol.

Be extra careful with disinfectants around children

Young children can be effected by smaller amounts of disinfectant than adults. And children are also more likely to ingest them because they put their hands in their mouths. Wipe off bleach- and quat-based products after they’ve been on the surface for the necessary amount of time to disinfect (see above).

For more tips and instructions for how to make your own bleach solution, check here.

Yes, Light Up the Darkness—Just Do It Safely

In December, the darkest month, holiday lights and candles have always been hugely popular. This year, we’re even more inclined to light the darkness. As early as September, stores were already reporting strong sales of holiday lights and decorations. It’s only expected to increase, as we retreat into our homes during the coronavirus surge in the winter months.

Decorating our homes with light can bring great comfort. Just make sure to do it safely:

  • Consider flameless battery-operated candles, which are becoming very widely available, give a realistic glow, and can last longer than flaming candles.
  • If you use traditional candles, keep them at least 12 inches away from anything that might burn—that includes furniture, bedding, curtains and decorations. Put them out before everyone leaves the room.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Flickering lights, tripped circuit breakers, and blown fuses are warning signs. Don’t ignore them – unplug!

Find more simple steps to holiday candle and light safety here.

Golf Tournament Raises $43,000+ to Prevent Injuries

The 2020 Jane and Larry Glazer Memorial Golf Tournament raised more than $43,000 to benefit Prevention 1st and help us prevent injuries all year long.

Ninety golfers turned out on a beautiful September day at Irondequoit Country Club. Congratulations to our winning golfers:

Overall men’s winners: Eric Koehler, Ryan Wegman, Zach Buschner, and Joel Chiarenza.

Overall mixed winners:  Sharon Stiller, Duwaine Bascoe, Maureen Bass, and Anthony Giordano.

Many thanks to our hard-working 2020 Golf Committee: Co-chairs Jessica Holly and Michael Chatwin; Harvey Bunis; Jack Dinaburg; Eric Koehler; Stewart Moscov; Sarabeth Rogoff; and Scott Rogoff.

Tournament Sponsors

Abrams Fensterman, LLP

Buckingham Properties, LLC

Ralph Honda

Sage Rutty & Co., Inc.

Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC          

Flag Sponsors

Barclay Damon, LLP

Brown & Brown of New York, Inc.

Buckingham Properties, LLC

Harvey Bunis

Community Health Strategies

Cooley Group, Inc.

Cathy & Jack Dinaburg

Rick Glazer and Family

Golisano Children’s Hospital

Sage Rutty & Co., Inc.

Sharon Stiller

Tee Sponsors

Bell Cornerstone

Canandaigua National Bank & Trust

Robert Cole & Daryl Sharp

Ernstrom & Dreste LLP

Flaherty Salmin CPAs

Graham Construction

Heritage Financial Services, LLC

Key Bank

Mengel Metzger Barr & Co.

Debbie & David Pelusio

Perlo’s Restaurant

Ralph Honda

Senator Joe Robach

Rochester Area Community Foundation, Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle

Rochester Fire Department, Fire Safety Division

Rochester Hardwood Floor

Bret & Heather Rogoff

Sage Rutty and Co., Inc.

Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC

Three Ladies and Kevin

Webster Schubel & Meier, LLP

Time to Focus on Kitchen Fire Safety

October 4 – 10 is Fire Prevention Week, and this year the National Fire Protection Association is focusing on fire safety in the kitchen. No wonder: Nearly half of reported U.S. home fires start in the kitchen, and cooking is the leading cause of home fire injuries.

Check these resources to keep yourself and your family safe:

Cooking Safely at Home

Kids in the Kitchen

Cooking Matters: Be Fire Safe in the Kitchen

Cooking Matters: Modeling Kitchen Fire Safety

Protect Your Family From Scalds and Burns

Protege a su Familia de Escaldaduras (Calentamiento) y Quemaduras

Safer Cooking: Frying

For teachers, Prevention 1st also offers these lesson plans for teaching fire safety to teens with developmental disabilities, including a module on kitchen safety.

Register Now for the Sept. 21 Golf Tournament!

The 2020 Jane and Larry Glazer Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Prevention 1st will be held on Monday, September 21. This year’s new location is Irondequoit Country Club, 4045 East Avenue, Rochester, NY.

Sponsorships are available, and non-golfers are welcome for dinner following the tournament.

Download the flyer and registration form here.

The event will adhere to all necessary safety guidelines, including table spacing and seating capacity. Golfers may ride two to a cart, however if a golfer wishes to maintain space they may walk and keep their clubs on the cart.

Please contact one of the following with questions:
Jessica Holly (co-chair): jbdinaburg@gmail.com
Michael Chatwin (co-chair): mchatwin@logs.com
Jack Dinaburg, (585) 766-3660

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Buckingham Properties

Sage Rutty

Abrams Fensterman

Ralph Honda

Shapiro, DiCaro & Barack, LLC

8-Year-Olds’ Summer Camp for Younger Kids Raises Funds for Prevention 1st

Camp;bell Rogoff with her friend and co-counselor Lily Rae.
Campbell Rogoff (right) with her co-counselor Lily Rae

Eight-year-old Campbell Rogoff got the idea while playing with a 5-year-old neighbor in the Rogoff’s pool:  “We could call this Camp Campbell”. She talked with her friend Lily Rae, also 8, about making Camp Campbell official.

“We thought it would be great that kids can get out, and be with other kids,” said Campbell. Their day camp would have a variety of activities and charge a reasonable camp fee.

Lily Rae suggested a business model: they needed a ‘trial’ day to see if the idea would fly. When four kids came on the trial day and “everyone loved it,” the girls knew they had a winning model. When Camp Campbell officially opened on a Wednesday, they had nine campers ages 4-6 years old. By the second camp day on Friday, nine new and returning campers showed up.

Campbell’s parents knew just how successful their daughter’s idea was when they got a call from someone they didn’t even know. 

“A mother had heard ‘Camp Campbell’ was open and wanted to know how to enroll her child!” recalls Campbell’s father Brett.

“Miss Campbell” and “Miss Lily Rae,” as their nametags identified them, provided lots of activities besides swimming in the pool. The campers enjoyed making and playing with water balloons, ‘slime,’ and bubble mix, as well as—the favorite—whacking a pinata. Along with the fun they were also taught important pool safety rules, such as staying in the shallow end of a pool if you haven’t yet learned to swim.

Camp Campbell raised $100 in camp fees. Campbell discussed it with her family and decided to donate the money to Prevention 1st, of which Brett Rogoff is a Board member. The Rogoffs have added their own donation to this, introducing the girls to another model: the matching gift.

It may be possible to be too successful. One mom reported her son had begged: “Let’s go to Camp Campbell every day!”

Every day might be a bit too much work. But Campbell and Lily Rae do plan to bring back Camp Campbell later this summer. After all, the demand is there. And they’ve got a winning model.

When Fire Moves Outside

A 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.

Prevention 1st Fire Safety Poster Contest Winners Announced!


NYS Senator Joe Robach, Marlene Hamman-Whitmore and
Rochester Fire Marshal Christine Schryver judge the posters

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:


Rishaan Shah, 1st Grade, Scribner Road Elementary School

Juliette LaBarr, 4th Grade, The Charles Finney School

Alyssa Klawon, 5th Grade, RCSD School #42

Honorable mentions go to:


Youngju Noh, 3 Grade, Cobbles Elementary

Emma Thomas, 1st Grade, St. Joseph School

Abdisadik Ali, 5th Grade, RCSD School #42

Antonio Dixon, 5th grade, RCSD School #42

Hyoju Joanne Noh, 1st Grade, Cobbles Elementary School

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)

Monroe County Office Building

Rochester City Hall

Rochester International Airport

Rochester Museum and Science Center

The Mall at Greece Ridge

Marketplace Mall

Canandaigua National Bank

Eastside Family YMCA

Rogoff Scholarship Winner Brings Safety Home

Lauren Ritchie 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.”

The steps that Ritchie and her family took to protect her grandmother make a good checklist for anyone: They reviewed her home for tripping hazards and removed them, placed night lights, and bought grab bars, non-slip mat, and a shower seat for the bathroom. They installed smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in main areas and the bedroom, and, crucially, put reminders in family member’s calendars to regularly change each detector’s battery.

With these 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 independently.

Ritchie plans 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 info@prevention1st.og.