FIRE AND INJURY PREVENTION THROUGH EDUCATION

 

The New York State Association of Firesafety Educators was organized May 30, 1987.  It's purpose is to promote fire and life safety through the sharing of concepts and program information by fire and life safety educators throughout the state.  The scope of this work includes fire and life safety, fire and injury prevention, arson prevention, and burn prevention education.

The purpose of NYSAFE is to bring the fire and life safety educators of New York State together to provide a network for fraternity, educational enrichment, and increased involvement of all segments of the community in fire and life safety education.  The Association's objective is to improve the educational standards and opportunities for all fire and life safety educators and spread the fire and life safety message throughout our communities.

The primary educational effort of the New York State Association of Firesafety Educators is to encourage all of its members to participate in, and cooperate with all other emergency service organizations in fire and life safety education efforts, including the promotion of the state-wide EDITH drills conducted annually duringthe Wednesday evening during Fire Prevention Week.

The New York State Association of Firesafety Educators is incorporated as a 501 (c)3 Not-For-Profit Education Association in the State of New York.

  Amanda's Law
Amanda's Law will go into effect February 22, 2010.  It will require ALL  new and existing residential properties to install and mantain carbon monoxide detectors in dwelling units.  This includes single and multiple family homes, apartment buildings, dorms, etc.  It was passed into State Law in late 2009, and is named after a young girl who tragically die after carbon monoxide piosoning at  friend's home in Western NY.  For more information , go to www.dos.state.ny.us/code/COAlarm.htm#amandalaw.

 

Home Heating Safety

 

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, such as the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable heater.

  • Only use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Never use your oven for heating.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
  • Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • For fuel burning space heaters, always use the proper fuel as specified by the manufacturer
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room and burn only dry, seasoned wood. Allow ashes to cool before disposing in a tightly covered metal container, which is kept at least 10 feet away from the home and any other nearby buildings. Douse and saturate with water.
  • For wood burning stoves, install chimney connectors and chimneys following manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the installation.