As summer comes to a close, people return to work and school, and agencies begin to prepare for Fire Prevention Week, the month of September presents us with multiple opportunities for fire & life safety messaging. Some of those messages include:
Fire Prevention Week: Whether you’re looking for Fire Prevention Week ideas or items, follow this link to meet your agency’s Fire Prevention Week needs: https://www.nfpa.org/fpw
Save the Date!!!: It’s official…the 2023 New York State Fire & Life Safety Educators’ Conference is scheduled to take place May 5th – 7th, 2023 at the New York State Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, New York!!! Stay tuned for announcement of the 2023 conference theme and our call for presenters!
Special dates in September: National Campus Safety Month – 9/1 – 9/30 Hispanic Heritage Month – 9/15 – 10/15 Check out some of the free educational resources available from the U.S. Fire Administration, available in both English & Spanish. https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/ Building & Code Staff Appreciation Day – 9/1 This day serves as a day to show appreciation for those that help keep our communities safe through education and enforcement of codes and standards. Labor Day – 9/5 Patriot Day – 9/11 This day serves to remember those we lost on September 11, 2001. It is our greatest reminder that even emergency responders can be significantly impacted by the emergencies to which they respond…on the day they respond or decades later.
Information from Center for Disease Control regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Prevention As a best practice for overall health in cold and influenza season, the CDC recommends that individuals receive the influenza vaccination and engage in everyday, preventative measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness, such as: · Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. · Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands. · Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick. · Stay home when you are sick. · Cover your cough or sneeze with the crease of your elbow. · Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. · Take any anti-viral medication prescribed to you as instructed by your physician. More Information If you or a family member start showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, or the hospital emergency room, inform them that you may be a suspect case for COVID-19, and follow their advice. For more information, consider consulting these additional resources: 1. Novel Coronavirus (NYS Department of Health) 2. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC) 3. Information for Travel (CDC) 4. FAQ for Travelers (CDC) 5. Prevention & Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 6. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions – Prevention In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms. Updates from these sources can help to keep you and others healthy!