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Welcome to the twentieth edition of Home Safety Council Headlines - a look into the Council's latest activities.

Meri-K Demonstrates Children's Natural Curiosity with Fire on NBC's TODAY Show...
HSC was the featured safety expert in a juvenile fire setting segment that aired on NBC's TODAY Show and aimed to educate parents on children's natural curiosity with fire. HSC President, Meri-K Appy worked with the TODAY Show team to conduct a hidden camera demonstration with preschool students that clearly demonstrated the need for parents to talk with their children about fire safety and keep lighters and matches locked-up and out-of-reach.

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Lowe's and the Home Safety Council Host Successful Safety Saturday Events...
On September 26, the Home Safety Council and Lowe's partnered to kick-off Fire Safety Month with Safety Saturday events at Lowe's stores across America. Local fire departments, Lowe's store managers and other community safety professionals worked together to host free safety festivals in the parking lots of Lowe's stores to teach families how to prevent fires and other common home injuries. Among the safety activities, Safety Saturday events in 11 select Hot Spot markets also featured live side-by-side fire sprinklers to demonstrate the benefits of home fire sprinklers.

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HSC Introduces Fire and Life Safety Educators to its New "Start Safe" Fire and Burn Safety Education Program...
To help protect preschool-aged children from fire and burn injury risks, HSC worked with Weekly Reader Custom Publishing to create Start Safe: A Fire and Burn Safety Program for Preschoolers and their Families. Funded with help from a 2007 FEMA grant, the program provides resources for preschool teachers and administrators to work with their local fire departments to reach caregivers and preschoolers with life-saving fire and burn lessons.

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New HSC Research Reveals that Parents are Not Staying One Step Ahead
of their Active Toddlers

HSC's latest national research polled parents of toddlers ages 2-4 and found that very few had taken safety steps at home before their babies had taken their first steps. In fact, the majority (84 percent) of parents admitted that they waited until their babies were already starting to move around on their own to childproof their home. Growing children can get in trouble in the blink of an eye, and HSC's toddler safety media outreach campaign urged parents to stay one step ahead of their curious little ones.

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HSC Receives FEMA Grant to Support Online Safety Training Program for
U.S. Fire Service Educators

With help from a 2008 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Prevention and Safety grant, HSC is working to create the Expert Network Academy, a free online training program to improve the knowledge and skills of public safety educators without the expense of travel. Planned to launch next spring, the Academy will be available online, free-of-charge through HSC's Expert Network and includes access to a series of online training modules, online interaction with peers and home injury prevention education materials.

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HSC and NFSA Team-Up to Educate Families on the Life Saving Benefits of Home Fire Sprinklers...
Home fire sprinklers provide the best protection against home fires, yet recent HSC research revealed that only eight percent of adults in major cities across America live in homes protected by fire sprinklers. In response, HSC and NFSA are working together to raise awareness for the benefits of home fire sprinklers as the ultimate protection against home fires.

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Patricia Adkins Chairs National Collaboration/Partnership-Building Working Group...
In July, the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) convened 15 national organizations to follow-up on recommendations from NCHH's first National Healthy Housing Policy Summit held in early May. The meeting focused on developing a National Healthy Housing Action Plan to guide the proposed Coalition's work. Following the Summit, the participants divided into three short-term working groups. HSC Chief Operating Officer and Public Policy Director, Patricia Adkins was selected to chair the National Collaboration/Partnership-Building Working Group.

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Senator Kohl Introduces Falls Resolution to Focus First Day of Fall on Preventing Falls Among Older Adults...
Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin introduced an HSC-drafted resolution declaring the first day of fall, September 22, National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. The resolution urges government, citizens and healthcare professionals alike to do more to help prevent the increasing number of falls among people 65 years of age and older. Senator Kohl circulated a Dear Colleague to his fellow Senators, urging their support.

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HSC Participates in Campaign for Public Health (CPH) Foundation CDC Tour...
Patricia Adkins participated in the CPH Foundation's first CDC tour, designed for senior staff of voluntary health organizations and held in partnership with the CDC Foundation. The two-day agenda included detailed presentations from more than a dozen senior CDC staff, and tours of research laboratories and the CDC's emergency response center. HSC is pleased that new CDC Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden has agreed to make unintentional injury prevention a priority during his tenure and has shared that his first Public Health Grand Round will focus on unintentional injury prevention.

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HSC Volunteers for Hill Day for Kids Program...
HSC volunteered for the Hill Day for Kids Program, sponsored by the American League of Lobbyists through their Hoops for Hope event, Lawmakers and Lobbyists Hoopin'-It-Up for a Brighter Tomorrow. Patricia Adkins and Wendy Noble served as mentors for 12 eighth-grade boys from the Washington Jesuit Academy. The students learned about the First Amendment, how to speak to Members of Congress about a matter of interest to them, how to develop the pros and cons on their issue, and how to submit a draft Bill for consideration on protecting federally funded neighborhood recreational centers. HSC attended meetings with the students in the offices of Representative Dan Lungren (CA), Senator Tom Harkin (IA), Senator Richard Burr (NC) and Senator Ben Nelson (NE).

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The National Coalition for Literacy Selects HSC
for Literacy Leadership Award

The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) recognized the Home Safety Council's Home Safety Literacy Project with a 2009 Literacy Leadership Award. The Award recognizes individuals and organizations who have a had positive impact on improving and raising awareness for the issue of low literacy and English language understanding in the U.S. HSC accepted the honor with other winners at an awards ceremony held at the Library of Congress on September 16.

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