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

The Kids Prepare America Contest Challenges Kids to Prepare for Disasters…
New research commissioned by the Home Safety Council finds that while a majority of mothers have talked with their children about preparing for emergencies, very few have taken action to ensure that their family is prepared to respond in the event of a disaster. HSC is urging kids nationwide to take action and help their families and communities prepare for emergencies. The national Kids Prepare America Contest is calling on third and fourth graders to share the actions they have taken to prepare their families. Ten Grand Prize winners from across the nation will be selected to travel to Washington, D.C. for the Home Safety Council’s awards dinner on June 5, 2008.

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HSC Helps Families Prepare For and Prevent Fires…
A new Home Safety Council survey found the majority of adults rank fires and burns as their leading home safety concern, yet many neglect to take basic safety steps to prepare for and prevent home fire emergencies. During Fire Safety Month in October, HSC urged families and communities to take steps to prevent fires and practice fire safety.

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The Expert Network Webinar Series Continues to be a Success…
Thanks in part to funding awarded through a 2006 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Prevention and Safety grant, the Home Safety Council began hosting a series of 10 monthly Webinars in July. To date, the series has been very well received, with more than 100 Expert Network members and HSC contacts participating in each of the events. Topics have ranged from The State of Fire and Life Safety in America, to Disaster Preparedness and the Get Ready with Freddie! program, to Preschool Fire Safety.

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HSC Partners with Kidde for the Safe Home Safe Baby Campaign…
The Home Safety Council and Kidde have teamed up to educate parents about the dangers of fire - the leading cause of home injury for children. According to new research conducted by Kelton Research on behalf of HSC and Kidde, nearly 78 percent of parents have never conducted a home fire drill. The Safe Home Safe Baby Campaign aims to raise awareness and encourage new and expectant parents to prepare both a childproof and fire safe home to keep their babies and toddlers safe.

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HSC Partners with Duracell to Launch the Power to Protect Program…
Recent research conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Home Safety Council and Duracell, found that 92 percent of U.S. adults say they are at least somewhat prepared to respond to a fire in their homes. Yet, the research also showed that many adults missed important steps in the last six months including not testing smoke alarms, not having a basic home escape plan and not practicing fire drills. In response, HSC and Duracell launched the Power to Protect program - an educational partnership that provides free, up-to-date fire safety tools for adults and offers new insights for caregivers of children and/or seniors - the two groups that are most vulnerable during a home fire.

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HSC Joins Papa Gino’s to Promote Fire Safety…
The Home Safety Council and Papa Gino’s worked with more than 125 fire departments in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island to promote fire safety at fire department open houses during National Fire Safety Month in October. In addition to providing pizzas and paper goods, Papa Gino’s and HSC distributed the Home Safety Council’s home fire education materials in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

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The Great Safety Adventure® Garners Visits from Public Officials...
The Great Safety Adventure® (GSA) sponsored by the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, kicked off the fall season with terrific attendance by public policy staffers. On the East Coast in Tampa, FL, the GSA welcomed Chloe Coney, District Director for Representative Kathy Castor (D-11th FL). On the West Coast, Tomás Larralde, District Director for Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez toured the GSA at Canyon Ridge Elementary in San Antonio, TX. Gerardo Interiano, District Director for Representative Lamar Smith (R-21st TX) also visited the GSA on October 17 at Longs Creek Elementary in San Antonio, TX. As the fall season rolls on, the Home Safety Council hopes to see continued public policy involvement at all of the Great Safety Adventure stops.

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Falls Free Coalition Releases New Report on Creative Programs...
The Falls Free Coalition Home Safety Workgroup recently released its report spotlighting 10 creative programs and practices that can be replicated in community based organizations to reduce home hazards. The Creative Practices in Home Safety Assessment and Modification Study provides insights and ideas for implementing new or strengthening existing home safety programs.

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HSC Participates in Congressional Briefing on Disaster Preparedness…
The House Committee on Homeland Security, in collaboration with the Home Safety Council and Citizen Corps, sponsored a Congressional Briefing on Community & Home Preparedness on Capitol Hill on September 20. Attended by over 25 people, the briefing focused on the importance of National Preparedness Month, descriptions of several new HSC initiatives, as well as a story by Homeland Security Committee Chairman, Bennie Thompson recounting his personal emergency preparedness experience in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

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HSC Supports SAFE Consumer Product Act…
After issuing a support letter for Representative Rosa DeLauro’s SAFE Consumer Product Act, the following quote from HSC President Meri-K Appy was included in Representative DeLauro’s press release: ‘With record numbers of lead-tainted toys and toys with small magnetic components entering the United States this year, the problem of dangerous imported toys is growing and promises to make that statistic grow even higher. The SAFE Consumer Product Act would offer the CPSC increased authority, resources and personnel to screen and regulate dangerous toys, as well as other juvenile products...Enactment of the SAFE Consumer Product Act will significantly contribute to our efforts in reducing preventable injuries and potential deaths.’

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