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ELEVENTH EDITION, 1ST QUARTER 2007
Welcome to the eleventh edition of Home Safety Council Headlines - a look into the Council's latest activities.

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

Celebrate Home Safety Month in June...
June is Home Safety Month and the Home Safety Council wants to help you spread the word in your community. This year’s Home Safety Month campaign theme – Hands on Home Safety – asks the public to take some simple hands-on steps to create a safer home environment from such leading hazards as falls, poisonings, fires and burns, choking/suffocation and drowning. We’re offering turnkey resources to help families nationwide learn how to be “hands-on” with proper home safety practices.

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Get Ready with Freddie! Reaches More than Three Million Kids, Parents and Teachers...
HSC recently conducted an in-depth evaluation of the Get Ready with Freddie! program to assess its effectiveness and value in the educational community. Research findings show that the program has had a significant impact on students’ awareness of disaster preparedness. In fact, as a result of using the Get Ready with Freddie! program, more than 80% of the teachers stated students were definitely more aware of disaster preparedness. The program has reached more than three million kids, teachers and parents to date.

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HSC Conducts Nationwide Survey of Fire Chiefs...
HSC partnered with the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to conduct the first-ever national fire and life safety education survey. The survey benchmarked the fire and life safety educational services provided by the U.S. fire service, and assessed the current state of educational programming, identifying needs for training and additional resources.

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New HSC Research Focuses on Caregivers of Older Adults...
Today one in six (or 30 million) Americans provide care for an older adult parent, relative or friend. As our population continues aging, an increasing number of older adults will need assistance with normal everyday activities in and around their homes. HSC recently conducted first-of-its-kind research surveying caregivers of older adults to gauge their actions and efforts to increase home safety. While many caregivers reported that they have difficulty discussing critical home safety issues with older adults, HSC wants caregivers to know that home injuries are almost entirely avoidable with proper education and simple home modifications.

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Falls Free Coalition Identifies Creative Programs and Practices that Reduce Home Hazards ...
Through HSC funding and leadership efforts, the Home Safety Workgroup of the Falls Free Coalition designed and conducted a national search for creative and effective programs to help curb falls injuries. Based on in-depth research, the Falls Free Coalition has identified ten resourceful plans and practices in home assessment and modification that can reduce home hazards. The programs were recognized at the joint conference of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and National Council on Aging (NCOA).

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DEVELOPMENT NEWS

HSC Welcomes Lynette Sappe-Watkins as New Director of Development...
The Home Safety Council welcomes Lynette Sappe-Watkins as the Council’s new Director of Development. Formerly a Senior Development Officer with the American Red Cross National headquarters, Sappe-Watkins brings a strong commitment to health and safety to the Home Safety Council executive team, as well as significant experience in development, marketing and communications.

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HSC ON CAPITOL HILL

Elected Officials Visit The Great Safety Adventure to Bring a Hands on Approach to Home Safety...
Home Safety impacts all of our lives, including the families of our elected officials. After a successful 2006, The Great Safety Adventure® (GSA) launched the 2007 tour with generous funding from HSC’s founding sponsor, Lowe’s, delivering the message of home safety nationwide. With continued outreach efforts to communities, GSA has hosted eight field representatives from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, from North Carolina, California, Florida, Arizona and Georgia.

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Safety of Seniors Act of 2007 Passes out of HELP Committee...
Legislation to prevent falls among seniors passed the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The Safety of Seniors Act of 2007, introduced with Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), authorizes new programs to help prevent falls among older adults through public education, research and demonstration projects. The bill focuses on four areas of falls prevention among older adults.

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AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

HSC Presents the Inaugural Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award...
HSC awarded the inaugural Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education to Jim Dalton, Director of Public Fire Protection for the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). Dalton received the award during the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s (CFSI) National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, DC on Thursday, March 29, 2007.

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