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What’s Your Plan?

BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! Your smoke detector just woke you. The clock is ticking. You and your family may have only 2 minutes to get to safety. What do you do next? Use your home escape plan! Your plan should map out multiple exit routes.  Assign roles. Designate a meeting place outside.  Also teach everyone some basic fire…
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House Fires Hazards Close to Home

Garages can be a hotbed of fire hazards along with several items commonly found in your yard.  Here are some tips for National Fire Prevention Week to keep you safe all year long.    Your Garage Whether they’re attached or detached, garages are home to many combustible items.  Store cleaning agents, chemicals, fuels, rags, and building…
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What Keeps the Home Fires Burning?

While cooking is the #1 cause of house fires and home injuries, the kitchen isn’t the only place where sparks fly. Here are some other major causes. #1: Candles. Keep them away from bedding, curtains, and other flammables, so don’t place on nightstands and windowsills! Blow them out if you leave the room, even for a…
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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? The Fire Department!

Cooking is the #1 cause of house fires and home injuries. These 5 tips could save your dinner and your life. Tip #1: Be alert. Don’t leave food unattended on a hot stove. Tip #2: Keep oven mitts, dish towels and wooden utensils away from the heat. Tip #3: Wear close-fitted clothes with short or…
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Test. Change. Replace.

These three words could save your life in a house fire. Test your smoke detector monthly. Change its batteries every 6 months.  Replace it every 10 years.  FYI: Next generation smoke detectors have 10-year lithium batteries! According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost 3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in…
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ACBC’s Can Recycling Collections Top 75,000 lbs in 2020

As the world celebrates Earth Day, Aluminum Cans for Burned Children (ACBC) announces that its can recycling program increased by 40% in 2021.   “Our collections totaled 75,262 lbs. in 2020, up from 2019 with only 53,655 lbs.,” states ACBC Executive Director Helen Jones-Toms. “And 2021 is off to a great start.” “More people were…
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The Two Biggest Myths About Fireworks and Your Child’s Safety

Everyone loves fireworks on the Fourth of July.  But thanks to COVID-19 and the need to social distance, many municipalities have cancelled their annual shows.  You may be tempted to create your own backyard display or let your kids play with sparklers or firecrackers to celebrate the 4th.    But, before you light that fuse,…
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Top 5 Safety Tips for Pandemic Barbecues

The COVID 19 crisis cancelled many summer happenings like parades and public pool openings. But one time-honored tradition remains: the backyard barbecue. Aluminum Cans for Burned Children (ACBC), a 30-year-old organization devoted to fire prevention education for schoolchildren and support for childhood burn survivors, offers the following tips for safe grilling during the pandemic: Tip…
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ACBC Names New Executive Director

ACBC Names New Executive Director Aluminum Cans for Burned Children of Northeast Ohio (ACBC) names Helen Jones-Toms as its new executive director.  ACBC is a 30-year-old nonprofit organization founded by the Northeast Ohio firefighters, the North-Eastern Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, and The MetroHealth System Burn Care Center. It provides fire prevention education to 3,000 Northeast…
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