Learn About Home Safety Visit Programs Via Webinar

By Ed Comeau

The Washington State Fire Marshals, the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association and Vision 20/20 will introduce a suite of new free, downloadable, tools that you can use in doing home safety visits in your community during a webinar to be held on December 9.

The Fire Department How-To Guide to Effective Home Safety Visits
This online Guide and a companion video demonstrate best practices for home safety visits.  Developed by the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals and Vision 20/20, it will be available online on December 9.

A “Home Safety Visits” mobile App 
The Home Safety Visits App provides a series of brief videos that can be shown on smartphones and tablet computers when doing home safety visits and focuses on cooking, heating, smoke alarms and the speed of fire. Each video is available in English, American Sign Language, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. This App is available in both Google Play and the iTunes App Store and was developed by the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association and Vision 20/20.

Both the Guide and the Apps are major steps forward in providing tools that were developed with first responders in mind to use in their communities.

By integrating both operations and prevention/mitigation strategies, departments can develop efficient and effective programs that improve public and first responder safety. Some departments are faced with logistical and organizational challenges to implementing these programs, and both the Guide and Apps were designed to help overcome these challenges.

You will learn how to:

·  Work with local community partners

·  Identify high-risk households

·  Gain access to the homes

·  Install smoke alarms where needed

·  Education the residents about important ways they can prevent injuries and death from fire and other causes

·  Use free tools to improve your effectiveness

For the webinar, be sure to join us on

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2:00 p.m. Eastern

1:00 p.m. Central

12 noon Mountain

11:00 a.m. Pacific

Click here to register

This webinar is made possible with support from the International Association of Fire Chiefs

Vision 20/20 is an organization focusing on addressing the gaps in fire prevention, developing tools and resources, and fostering an exchange of ideas.

The Washington State Association of Fire Marshals is an organization comprised of seven divisions working on National Codes, State Codes, Legislative Issues, Professional Development, Communications, Fire Prevention Institute, and Fire Investigation.

The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association assists in the preservation of the historic fire engine house on Alfred Street in Alexandria, Virginia; supports the Alexandria Fire Department, and provides other benevolent and philanthropic services to the Alexandria community.  The association promotes civic involvement, honors the legacy of its 18th-century founders-dedicated citizen firefighters-and values the contributions of our present-day first responders

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