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HSC Hosts National Fire and Life Safety Education Conference

From January 10-12, 2007, the Home Safety Council hosted the All-Ways Fire Safe at Home Conference: Best Practices in Fire and Life Safety Education in Washington, DC. This conference was an unprecedented national assembly that explored and shared best practices in home fire and burn safety as well as disaster preparedness education. More than 250 public fire and life safety educators as well as other health and safety professionals from around the country attended the conference, which was funded in part through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"The All-Ways Fire Safe at Home Conference brought together a most impressive group of national public education leaders," said Home Safety Council president Meri-K Appy. "We hope attendees took home valuable information that will help them better achieve their public safety goals in their local communities."

The conference featured Innovation in Home Safety Technology Exhibits, selected successful public education projects that have been funded over four years of FIRE Act Grants, and research findings. Attendees learned about innovative and proven approaches to public fire and life safety education, and took successful injury-prevention strategies and teaching materials back to their communities. Highlights included:

  • Workshops and presentations by nationally recognized experts
  • Skills and tools for reaching high-risk audiences
  • Valuable educational materials for in-state training
  • Preliminary results of a national survey of public fire and life safety education conducted by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

The All-Ways Fire Safe at Home Conference was an extension of HSC's ongoing distribution of materials and information provided at no charge through the Home Safety Council Expert Network, www.homesafetycouncil.org/expertnetwork. Conference materials and tools to help launch successful local fire and burn prevention education programs will be available online through the Expert Network in the upcoming weeks.


Home Safety - Back row: Patricia Adkins, Chief Operating Officer, Home Safety Council, Sarah Boeving, Legislative Assistant for Congressman John Boozman, Congressman John Boozman (R-AR), Dayna Hilton, Johnson County RFD #1 Public Fire and Life Safety Educator (Cla11rksville, AR), Meri-K Appy, President, Home Safety Council. Bottom row: Lori Moon, Fire Corps Program Coordinator and Kari Wood, Johnson County RFD #1 Fire Corps member (University of the Ozarks Phi Beta Lambda and Student in Free Enterprise member

Back row: Patricia Adkins, Chief Operating Officer, Home Safety Council, Sarah Boeving, Legislative Assistant for Congressman John Boozman, Congressman John Boozman (R-AR), Dayna Hilton, Johnson County RFD #1 Public Fire and Life Safety Educator (Cla11rksville, AR), Meri-K Appy, President, Home Safety Council. Bottom row: Lori Moon, Fire Corps Program Coordinator and Kari Wood, Johnson County RFD #1 Fire Corps member (University of the Ozarks Phi Beta Lambda and Student in Free Enterprise member)

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