Published on May 2, 2016.

In Brief

NFPA AWARDS SPRINKLER GRANTS

NFPA has awarded a total of about $100,000 to 15 state sprinkler coalition groups across North America to support their advocacy efforts. The grants, at a maximum of $10,000 each, will help fund a variety of sprinkler outreach and education efforts.

The awards are part of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative’s Bringing Safety Home Grant program, which was launched in 2015.

According to NFPA statistics, home fires caused more than 2,700 deaths, or 84 percent of all U.S. fire deaths, and injured more than 12,000 people in 2014. NFPA research has shown that home fire sprinklers can reduce home fire deaths by about 80 percent and direct property damage by about 70 percent.

Learn more by visiting NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative online.

MAY IS ELECTRICAL FIRE SAFETY MONTH

It seems like every topic and cause has its own month these days, but before you ignore Electrical Fire Safety Month, in May, consider a few sobering facts.

Fire departments respond to nearly 48,000 home structure fires each year involving electrical failure or malfunction. From 2007 to 2011, these fires resulted in, on average, 455 civilian fire deaths annually, as well as 1,518 civilian fire injuries and $1.5 billion in direct property damage, according to a 2013 NFPA study.

NFPA, which publishes the National Electrical Code®, has a variety of resources, electrical safety tips, and videos available to help consumers and electrical workers stay safe. NFPA’s partner, Electrical Safety Foundation International, has resources available to aid in outreach and education efforts.

JENSEN GRANT AWARDED

NFPA has named the Carrsville (Virginia) Volunteer Fire Department as the recipient of the 2016 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant.

The $5,000 grant will support the department’s program, “Carrsville Loves Older Adults: Remembering When There’s Love, There’s Smoke Alarm.” The program is a collaboration between the fire service and community groups to educate older adults about fire and fall prevention and the importance of installing smoke alarms in their homes. With the grant, the department will purchase and distribute ionization smoke alarms.

Rolf H. Jensen was a fire protection engineer who served NFPA in numerous ways for many years. The grant, in his honor, is awarded annually to a fire department to support a community-wide fire and life safety education campaign.

NFPA LAUNCHES EDUCATION FUND

NFPA has created a new education fund to support fire protection engineering education and research at Oklahoma State University, the University of Maryland, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. NFPA has pledged $15,000 in funding per year, per school, for five years.

Money from the NFPA Fire Protection Engineering Support Fund will be awarded to students who have shown an aptitude and passion for fire protection engineering.

Recipients "represent the future of fire protection engineering,” said Chris Dubay, NFPA’s vice president of Engineering. “Supporting these students’ efforts presents a powerful opportunity to reinforce their passion and validate that their research has a real, vital impact on the world of fire protection.”

The inaugural winners of the NFPA Fire Protection Engineering Support Fund will be recognized at NFPA’s Conference & Expo in Las Vegas on June 14.

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR NAMED

Sherrie Leeka, public education officer for the Westminster (Colorado) Fire Department, has been selected as NFPA’s 2016 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Leeka will be recognized at NFPA’s Conference & Expo. The award goes to an educator in a fire department or fire marshal’s office who uses NFPA's materials in creative ways.

Leeka has developed several programs, including the Citizen Fire Academy; “Fire Factor,” a program designed to prevent firesetting among 6th–8th graders; a home safety educational program for older adults; and a “haunted” Halloween safety tent.