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EIGHTEENTH EDITION, 1ST QUARTER 2009
Welcome to the eighteenth edition of Home Safety Council Headlines - a look into the Council's latest activities.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

Meri-K Appy Teaches Home Heating Safety
Lessons on the TODAY Show...

In January, in the midst of a spike in fatal home fires, Home Safety Council President, Meri-K Appy reached families across the nation with critical home heating safety tips during a segment on NBC's TODAY Show. Appy served as the segmentís only safety expert and provided information to help families heat their homes safely during the coldest months of the year.

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New Scald & Burn Awareness Brochure Available on HomeSafetyCouncil.org...
In response to statistics showing thousands end up in the emergency room each year due to burn and scald injuries, HSC created a new, easy-to-read, highly illustrated brochure that includes valuable prevention tips as well as information for treating a burn injury. The comprehensive brochure is available online for download in English and in Spanish.

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HSC Introduces Start Safe: A Fire and Burn Safety Program for Preschoolers and their Families...
Through a major grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA, the Home Safety Council's new program was created to reach preschoolers and their families with life-saving fire and burn prevention messages. Start Safe: A Fire and Burn Safety Program for Preschoolers and their Families has been distributed to 6,700 preschool classrooms across the country and will be offered to the fire service through HSC's Expert Network starting in August.

Tyco International has provided additional funds to provide training for 13 teams across the United States to field test Start Safe in local Head Start centers. In addition, with support from Touchstone Energy, the Jaycee Burn Center is leading an effort to deliver and implement the program to preschools in low-income areas throughout the state of North Carolina.

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HSC Prepares for Home Safety Month 2009...
June is quickly approaching and HSC is gearing-up for Home Safety Month 2009! Make sure you're ready by visiting HSC's Planner's Page to download the latest materials and learn how you can get involved.

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RESEARCH

Survey Shows Parents Fall Short in Preparing a Safe Home for New Babies...
While nearly all new parents believe itís important to create a safe home for their baby, new Home Safety Council research found that most fail to make the safety improvements needed to protect babies from the leading causes of home injury. In response, HSC has been working to reach parents with important tips and information to help them create a safe haven for the newest member of their family.

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DEVELOPMENT

Lowe's Continues Investment in Home Safety with $1.5 Million Donation...
Continuing its long-time dedication to home safety, Lowe's pledged $1.5 million to HSC through its Charitable & Educational Foundation. The donation will help HSC continue developing valuable educational materials for families, fire and life safety educators and schools throughout the United States.

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New Board Members Strengthen HSC Leadership...
Phillip Carpenter and Richard Widdowson have joined HSC's Board of Directors, bringing decades of corporate safety experience to the nonprofit's leadership. Their combined expertise will help advance the Home Safety Council's mission of reducing home injury and injury-related death.

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PUBLIC POLICY

HSC Congratulates President Barack Obama on Election...
HSC President, Meri-K Appy sent a letter to President Barack Obama extending HSC's congratulations on being elected the 44th President of the United States. The letter detailed the items HSC believes should be top health and safety priorities on the President's 2009 agenda.

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Change Comes to Washington - What Does This Mean for Safety Advocates?...
HSC Chief Operating Officer, Patricia Adkins' February Bottom Line Column, "Change Comes to Washington - What Does This Mean for Safety Advocates?", summarized President Obama's position on healthcare reform and detailed what is needed to educate the new Administration about HSC's priorities, such as fire, older adult falls and related prevention activities.

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2009 Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Funding for Falls Prevention...
The efforts of the Falls Free Coalition and specifically the Advocacy Work Group reached a major milestone. On February 23, the FY 2009 Omnibus Spending Bill contained language stating that $2 million within the total Unintentional Injury budget was for "elderly falls prevention research." This is an increase of $1 million for this program!

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AWARDS

HSC Pays Tribute to Dr. Anne W. Phillips and Presents Pat Mieszala with 2009 Anne W. Phillips Award ...
Patricia Mieszala, RN received the 2009 Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for her dedication to burn injury and juvenile fire prevention. Mieszala was presented with the award at the Congressional Fire Services Institute's (CFSI) National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, DC on April 2.

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State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association (STIPDA) Recognizes Patricia Adkins with its "Partner of the Year Award"...
Patricia Adkins, HSC Chief Operating Officer and Director of Public Policy was awarded the State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association (STIPDA) "Partner of the Year Award." The award recognizes Adkins for her instrumental role in the enactment of the Safety of Seniors Act in 2008 and her continued leadership in the effort to secure Congressional funding to address falls among older adults. She received the award at the 2009 Joint Annual Meeting of STIPDA and the CDC Core States Injury Grantees in February.

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