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Fire Prevention Week – Out of the Box and Down the Road!

Instructor: Meredith Hawes

Fire Prevention Week is on record as the longest running public health observance, according to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, and NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922, when the commemoration began. 

Each year a Fire Prevention Week theme is identified to educate the public of the dangers of fire and the fire-service is our biggest partner in helping to spread the message. This year’s theme Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen aims to help residents make safe cooking choices in the kitchen, and it is vital while families are doing even more cooking at home. These are critical cooking safety messages that can be customized to address your local fire problem and shared not just during Fire Prevention, but throughout the campaign year. And new “Out of the Box” ideas are available to help you reach your audience outside of traditional events.

Meredith Hawes

Meredith Hawes has over 20 years of experience in education. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University, receiving Michigan Teaching Certification for K-8 with a ZA Endorsement. Her work experience ranges from non-profit administration, corporate training, and public education on a local, state, and national level. Meredith previously served as a Regional Education Specialist for NFPA, providing technical assistance and support on fire & life safety public education outreach and initiatives to 22 states in the Northwest, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic Regions of the U.S. Previous to that, Meredith served as an Education Advisor for the NFPA for five years and began her work in Public Education with Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department.

As a community builder, Meredith has belonged to many civic organizations and boards. She has coordinated of the Traverse Bay Area Hoarding Task Force for over eight years, and she currently serves as President for the Board of Directors of the National Cherry Festival.