Thursday, September 29, 2016

October is National Fire Prevention Month -- Check Out These Tips and Products To Protect Your Home Today!

"Household fires are all too common, with a fire department responding to one every 24 seconds on average, according to The National Fire Protection Association.  October is National Fire Prevention Month, so now is the time to protect the home against fire safety hazards.

Learning about the newest smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and how to operate a fire extinguisher can help keep your home safe from fires. There are three fire safety must-dos to help protect your home.

Test and Upgrade Alarms:

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·         According to The National Fire Protection Association, two thirds of residential fire fatalities result from fires in homes without working smoke alarms. Smoke detectors are important and have come a long way!
·          Some kitchen alarms distinguish between cooking and fire smoke to detect real fires faster and reduce false alarms from cooking.
·         There are even VOICE alarms for bedrooms (kids respond to voice better) as well as alarms that connect to your phone and notifies you if there is a fire

Get Educated on Extinguishers:

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·         Fire extinguishers effectively put out 80 percent of all fires according to a study, so make sure you have at least one on every level.
·         There are different extinguishers for each kind of fire (kitchen, garage, bedroom)

Prepare An Escape Plan

·         According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, it’s important to make a plan, so everyone in your house knows the best escape routes. Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone will know to meet.
·         After making your home fire escape plan, practice it at least twice a year and make the drill as realistic as possible by aiming to get out in five minutes or less.
·         If you have a multilevel property, have an escape ladder handy to drop out the window and create an emergency exit. Choose a  ladder that requires no assembly and has a  tangle-free design to get out of the house fast and easy. 

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During National Fire Prevention Month, Home Depot will also be having an in-store experience that will help prepare your home in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide threat.

·         The Home Depot will host a free Workshop available in all stores:

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o    Kids Workshop, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kids will learn how to build a fire truck. Some stores even invite the local fire department to participate!

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o    Fire Safety Skills Workshop, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Attendees will learn important fire safety skills, including how to install a smoke / carbon monoxide detector.

Go to for more information about what we are doing in stores and to register in advance."

Thursday, September 22, 2016


"Scribblitt and DawnSignPress are joining together to offer a writing contest for school-aged children nationwide in support of International Week of the Deaf. Kids create a short story with a modern-day fairytale theme. The grand prize contest winner will have his/her story published in hardcover by Scribblitt, translated into American Sign Language (ASL) by Deaf kids and filmed in ASL. Ten other winners will have their stories published in hardcover by Scribblitt and receive a “Once Upon a Sign” video from DawnSignPress.

The idea for this contest came from a common goal of providing tools that help kids improve their communication skills. “I hope the collaborative contest with Scribblitt will help improve awareness of American Sign Language and bring hearing and Deaf children together just as our award-winning children’s video series ‘Once Upon a Sign’ has,” says Joe Dannis, President of DawnSignPress. The company is offering a free viewing of “Jack and the Beanstalk” from the “Once Upon a Sign” series in connection with
 International Week of the Deaf. To watch “Jack and the Beanstalk” between 9/19/16 and 9/25/16, go to VIMEO and use the password, IWD2016.

Teachers can access this video and some unique writing and illustration tools on to engage their students in a writing assignment or to enter this writing contest. “We are thrilled to help spark creativity in all young authors, Deaf and hearing, in school or out, to write and publish their own books,” says Scribblitt founder, Andrea Bergstein. “We hope that teachers will use this opportunity to tie together 5 lessons in writing and editing with building awareness for American Sign Language and Deaf culture.”

The contest launches via on September 19 in honor of International Week of the Deaf and continues through December 15. Winners will be announced on or around January 16, 2017. To enter simply register for a free account at, login, write a story in “Write itt” and enter the story on the Scribblitt contest page."


Scribblitt provides kids an online space and tools to help them write, illustrate and publish their own professionally printed hardcover books. For every book published, Scribblitt donates a book to a child in need.

About DawnSignPress:

DawnSignPress publishes American Sign Language educational materials and looks to increase awareness of ASL and Deaf culture by bringing hearing and Deaf together to enjoy ASL.

Cover Reveal: Mighty, Mighy Construction Site, the follow up to the #1 New York Times Bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

"The cover has been revealed for the latest picture book from powerhouse duo Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld, creators of the New York Times Bestsellers Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train

Millions of kids all over the world have gone to bed with Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site since it was first published in April 2011, and has built a huge following of fans.

·         Celebrity parents Kourtney Kardashian and Taye Diggs have shared their love for the book on social media
·         It’s been an answer to a question on the TV game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
·         Has spent 227 weeks (and counting!) on the New York Times Picture Book Bestseller list
·         There are more than 25 foreign language editions
·         Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site: The Musical premiered at the Bay Area Children’s Theater in the summer of 2016
·         The book has inspired puzzles, games, pajamas, and an adorable plush toy from Merry Makers

In the eagerly-anticipated follow up,  Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, the familiar trucks are joined by a new crew of friends, who work together to get the job done. The book will go on sale February 14, 2017."