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Educational Messages Desk Reference is “go-to” document for fire and life safety educator

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By Lisa Braxton

I am pleased to introduce Monica Colby as the newest contributor to the Safety Source blog. Monica is a fire and life safety specialist with the Rapid City Fire Department in South Dakota, and former Northwest Regional Advisor to the NFPA Public Education Division. She has been a fire and life safety educator since 1998 serving as a city, district, state, and regional educator. She serves on the NFPA Education Section Board of Directors.

I use the NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference because I know a group of trusted experts already worked through the statements to find the most concise, and clear way to say what I want to say. For example, explaining to a class about the different types of batteries in smoke alarms and when to change the batteries used to be difficult for me. When the Educational Messages Advisory Committee came out with messages that explained about nonreplaceable batteries and traditional batteries, my life was made much easier.

My fire department teaches third graders about home fire sprinklers and home escape. I use the Desk Reference to keep the messages accurate. About a month after one of our school visits, our fire marshal was visiting with some local homebuilders. One congratulated him on the great job we are doing in the schools and mentioned that the kids were learning a lot. He went on to explain how he had to set his own child straight on a couple of things because his third grader came home and asked why they didn’t have home fire sprinklers in their house.

Utilizing the proven messages of NFPA’s Educational Messages Desk Reference means I have a tool I can trust that will have an impact on the community.

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Source:: NFPA – Safety Information


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