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Seven Safety Tips for the 4th of July Posted on Jun 20

Seven Safety Tips for the 4th of July

In 1776, the first shots at Lexington and Concord were fired, marking the beginnings of the American Revolution. Today, Americans take time each year on July 4th to celebrate the birth of our nation and commemorate those who fought for our freedom. On this day   …Continue Reading Seven Safety Tips for the 4th of July

Five Tips for Home Electrical Safety Posted on Jun 9

Five Tips for Home Electrical Safety

Electrical fires are one of the leading causes of fire-related death in the Commonwealth.  Between 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to more than 45,000 home electrical fires that resulted in 455 civilian deaths, over 1,500 injures, and more than 1 billion dollars in property damage.   …Continue Reading Five Tips for Home Electrical Safety

Get Trained for National CPR & AED Awareness Week Posted on May 30

Get Trained for National CPR & AED Awareness Week

In an emergency medical situation, a quick response is critical. In many cases – particularly with unexpected cardiac arrest – persons who are prepared with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and know how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) can help save lives. In fact,   …Continue Reading Get Trained for National CPR & AED Awareness Week

Get Ready in the Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Preparedness Posted on May 22

Get Ready in the Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Preparedness

The best time to prepare for a hurricane is well before you hear warnings on the radio. Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 25-31, is a time to get ready for whatever comes your way when New England hurricane season hits June 1 through November 30. In   …Continue Reading Get Ready in the Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Preparedness

Sign Up for the Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program Posted on May 21

Sign Up for the Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program

The Department of Fire Services (DFS) – in conjunction with the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston– will be conducting a 13-week Chief Fire Officer Management Training program from September 4 through December 4. This training is   …Continue Reading Sign Up for the Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program

5 Easy Tips for National Safe Boating Week Posted on May 14

5 Easy Tips for National Safe Boating Week

U.S. Coast Guard boating statistics estimate 80% of all reported fatalities occur on boats where the operator has not received safety training. As Memorial Day approaches and crowds flock to the water, May 17-23 has been designated National Safe Boating Week. You can help promote   …Continue Reading 5 Easy Tips for National Safe Boating Week

Cycle Safely, It’s National Bike Month! Posted on May 8

Cycle Safely, It’s National Bike Month!

Spring has finally sprung in the Bay State, and with it comes all the outdoor fun that warm temperatures have to offer. Among the many opportunities to enjoy spring weather, bicycling is one of the most popular activities among Massachusetts residents. Further, with the opportunity   …Continue Reading Cycle Safely, It’s National Bike Month!

No Monkey Business: 8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Playground Posted on Apr 24

No Monkey Business: 8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Playground

Playgrounds provide children with a great opportunity for exercise, social interaction, and fun. Because children require at least 60 minutes of activity per day, it’s important to ensure these play-friendly spaces are safe. Each year, 76% of child injuries occur on public playgrounds. Luckily, most   …Continue Reading No Monkey Business: 8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Playground

The 2014 Boston Marathon Posted on Apr 15

The 2014 Boston Marathon

The 2014 Boston Marathon will be run on Patriot’s Day, Monday April 21st. This year, 36,000 registered participants – 9,000 more than last year – will run the 26.2-mile course that starts in Hopkinton and passes through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline before   …Continue Reading The 2014 Boston Marathon

Take a Stand against Distracted Driving Posted on Apr 15

Take a Stand against Distracted Driving

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) designates April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Across the country, this campaign works to keep America’s roads safe by reminding drivers to stay focused when behind the wheel. At any given moment in the United States, more   …Continue Reading Take a Stand against Distracted Driving