Most people use the gift of an extra hour given by the fall Daylight Saving Time change to catch a few extra Zzzs. Go for it—and when you get up, use another minute to test your alarms.
Ideally you should test all smoke alarms monthly, as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association. For sure, let the biannual time change be a great reminder. Even for smoke alarms that have long-life batteries—or are hard-wired—it’s still important to make sure the alarm is working. Not every single long-life battery will work for 10 years, and even hard-wired alarms can fail. Test your CO detectors too. They need to be replaced every 5-7 years.
While having a working smoke alarm is important, it’s just as important that everyone knows what to do if it goes off. Make sure everyone in your home knows to get moving right away, because you probably have less time than you think to escape.
When you plan your escape route, include where outside you will all meet. Your meeting place should be a safe distance from your home but where firefighters can see you. Choose something very specific that everyone can remember and find easily: a tree, a telephone pole, or mailbox.
Do you need to update your escape plan? Look around and think about what’s changed in the last 6 months or year. Has an older adult joined your household? Consider whether they should sleep in a room on the ground floor to make escape easier. If anyone in your household has diminished hearing, consider a type of smoke alarm that uses a low frequency, flashing light or vibration.
This year many people are welcoming a return to holiday gatherings. Will guests be staying over? Tell visitors to your home about your family’s fire escape plan, including your meeting place. Show overnight guests how to open deadbolts or security bars. When you or your children are staying overnight at other people’s homes, ask about their escape plan.
Thanks to all who came out to join us on a great day at Irondequoit Country Club for the final Jane & Larry Glazer Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Prevention 1st. A special thank-you to our Golf Sponsors.
Congratulations to our winning golfers:
1st Place Men’s Division (Score 57): Zach Buschner, Eric Koehler, Max Koehler, Ryan Wegman
1st Place Mixed Division (Score 65): Cook Properties, Maxwell Dowd, Lindsay Joyce, George Lynch
Longest Drive #10 Men: Joe Lachiusa Longest Drive #10 Women: Shelly VanLare Closest to Pin #6 Men: Max Koehler Closest to Pin #6 Women: Maureen Bass
Skins: Team Appelbaum 3 on Hole #17 Team Koehler 3 on Hole #7
Get family involved! Enlisting their grandchildren can be a great way to help older adults receive important reminders about avoiding injuries. Kids can help check for household hazards and look to see that there are smoke alarms. Older kids and teens can help test alarms and help you with other safety checks and tasks. A few things to remember:
Check the home for tripping hazards. If there are small rugs, they can be taped down to avoid slipping.
Are all the exits clear of furniture and clutter? Would it be easy to get out of the home if the smoke alarm or CO detector goes off?
Are night lights needed in bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways? Make sure there is enough light at the top of stairs.
Are stair handrails firm?
Does the bathroom need grab bars, a non-slip mat, a shower seat?
Are there smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on each level and outside the bedroom? Remember that smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years and CO alarms every seven years.
Test the smoke alarms (including hard-wired ones). Are they working, and just as importantly, can everyone in the home hear the alarms? Basic smoke alarms may be difficult to hear because of their high pitched sound. If your ‘grand’ can’t hear the alarm from the next room, consider a Strobe Alarm which uses an extra bright light, or a Shaker Alarm that uses a vibrating device to shake a bed to awaken someone who wouldn’t hear the alarm without hearing aids.
Try this tip from our 2020 Rogoff Scholarship winner: Add a reminder to family members’ calendars to regularly change each alarm’s battery.
When was the last time the furnace and chimney were checked or cleaned? You may need to call to schedule a service or cleaning.
More children ages 5-14 go to emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries than with any other sport, and many of these are head injuries. Whether or not your locale requires a helmet, make sure your child wears one. A properly fitted bike helmet can save lives.
Get your child a helmet that fits now,
not one to ‘grow into.’ A helmet needs to fit well to provide protection. Here
are ‘fit tips’ from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
Get the right size helmet:
around your child’s head.
try on several helmets in the correct size. Size can vary a bit between
helmet should sit level on the head and low on the forehead—not tilting on
the back of the head—one or two finger-widths above the eyebrow.
Once you’ve got the right size helmet, adjust
it for the right fit:
the side straps so they form a “V” shape under, and slightly in front of, the
the chin strap and tighten it. If the straps need to be longer or shorter, take
the helmet off to pull the straps from the back of the helmet.
final step is…a big yawn! With the mouth wide open the helmet should pull down
on the head. If it doesn’t, tighten it up.
Do the same for yourself! And be a good
role model – wear a helmet for every ride.
While you shop in the Amazon app, you can help Prevention 1stat no extra cost to you. Just follow the instructions below to select
“Prevention First Foundation Inc” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile
in the app. They’ll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to
How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on
“AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
3. Select “Prevention First Foundation Inc” as
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile
in the mobile app
Our tournaments have raised over $250,000. With that money we have helped thousands of people better understand how dangerous unintentional injuries are and how to prevent them. We have provided training to educators, students, firefighters, professionals, parents, children and youth.
Stephen Rogoff and Harvey Bunis started this tournament to help their dear friend fulfill his dream. This year’s Prevention 1st Tournament donations will be made in their honor.
Jane L. and Larry C. Glazer Charitable Trust and The Arlayne and Stephen Rogoff
Educational Fund will also benefit from this year’s tournament. The Larry C.
Glazer and Jane L. Glazer Charitable Trust trustees will determine which
organizations will receive their funds. The Arlayne and Stephen Rogoff
Educational Fund will help special needs educators and students.
year’s tournament is the organization’s last. Prevention 1st is now
working with Lifespan to carry out its mission and community work.
Please help us make this year’s tournament the best yet. Thank you for all your support!
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 here are some simple but effective safety checks you can take to keep yourself and your family safe:
Be sure you’re using sanitizers and disinfectants correctly, to make them safe and effective. Learn how here.
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
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.