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

HSC Teaches Dryer Fire Prevention on the TODAY Show...
NBC's TODAY Show once again turned to HSC for expert home safety advice, most recently for a segment on the dangers of dryer fires. The segment, which aired on September 2nd, featured a dryer fire demonstration while Meri-K Appy explained the causes and preventive actions families can take to avoid this household hazard.

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International Code Council Passes Home Fire Sprinkler Resolution…
Meri-K Appy traveled to Minneapolis, MN in September to attend the International Code Council Final Hearings and demonstrate HSC's strong commitment to and support of a national code requirement for residential fire sprinklers. The vote received landslide support in favor of a residential fire sprinkler requirement for all new one- and two- family homes.

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Home Safety Literacy Project Grows with a New Poison Prevention Literacy Kit …
Continuing its commitment to ensure home safety messages are available to all Americans of varying literacy levels, HSC has expanded the Home Safety Literacy Project (HSLP) to include poison prevention materials. Thanks to the generous support of a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant, the new package includes poison prevention education materials on CD and DVD.

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HSC Receives FEMA Grant to Reach High-Risk Preschool Children with Fire Safety Messages…
HSC recently was awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant will help launch a program developed to provide fire and life safety educators with tools and hands-on training designed to reach at-risk, preschool-age children and their families.

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HSC Participated in National Preparedness
Month Activities

To continue promoting National Preparedness Month, HSC participated in a number of preparedness-related activities. HSC’s president, Meri-K Appy attended the Citizen Corps Leadership Forum in Oklahoma City in mid-August to demonstrate HSC's support and recognition of National Preparedness Month.

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HSC Congratulates Congress on National Falls Prevention Awareness Day Resolution…
HSC congratulates the United States Senate on passing S. Res. 674, establishing National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, as well as the House of Representatives for introducing and supporting a similar resolution, H. Res. 1478.

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Congress Recognizes September 22nd as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day …
Congress issued another call to action on September 22nd urging government officials, citizens and healthcare professionals to do more to help prevent the increasing number of falls among adults 65 years of age and older. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Mike Enzi as well as Representatives Frank Pallone and Ralph Hall, introduced resolutions in support of September 22nd as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

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HSC Supports the Efforts of the State Falls Conference …
HSC concluded the quarter by sponsoring the first State Falls Prevention Coalition Conference on September 29th and 30th in Washington, DC. Over 50 participants representing 20 states attended and additional sponsors included the CDC Injury Center, the Archstone Foundation and the Administration on Aging. NCOA coordinated and facilitated the two-day conference.

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