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Educational Messaging

The Educational Messages Advisory Committee (EMAC) meets periodically to review NFPA’s fire and burn safety education messages and to provide recommendations to NFPA public education staff for updating and revising the messages. 

The EMAC public education messages are used throughout NFPA’s educational programs, curricula, and handouts, and provide fire and life safety educators with accurate and consistent language for use when offering safety information to the public. Each topic area is self-contained, written so that all the information needed on a certain subject is provided within that category. As a result, some messaging may be repeated throughout topic areas. 


Updated Desk Reference

The 2018 edition includes an illustrated explanation on how to tailor messages to your audience, new chapters on college and university housing and wildfires, a new section on portable cooking equipment and updates on educational messages for children and audiences with limited English proficiency.

Anyone may submit a comment to propose revising or amending an existing message (PDF), and the submitter need not be a member of the Educational Messages Advisory Committee or NFPA.


Educational Messages Advisory Committee and NFPA staff

Educational Messages Advisory Committee
Front row: Amy Lebeau, NFPA; Kelly Ransdell, NFPA; Maria Pelchar, Holyoke Fire Department; Michele Steinberg, NFPA; Marty Ahrens, NFPA; Lisa Braxton, NFPA and committee staff liaison; Nancy Trench, Oklahoma State University; Barbara Guthrie, Underwriters Laboratories; Teresa Neal, United States Fire Administration, April Hart, NFPA.

Back row: Kevin Kelly, The American Red Cross; Ernest Grant, North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center and committee chair; Jorge Mederos, Fort Lauderdale Fire/Rescue Department; Brett Brenner, Electrical Safety Foundation International; and Kwame Cooper, Los Angeles City Fire Department.

Not pictured: Patty Davis, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Emily Samuel, Safe Kids Worldwide.