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The vigilant alphabet


On my way home from work I was browbeaten by a timely public service announcement: Acting U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines wants you to Put Safety In Play During the Fourth of July.

Of course you can be assured that Gaines is vigilant when it comes to your safety. He is, after all, acting U.S. fire administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration.

According to the administration’s website, “As an entity of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the USFA is to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for our fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness, and response.”

Can you beat that?

Oh, and Gaines maintains a blog on the department website where his most-recent post reminds us that “This weekend, March 13 and 14, we will all be setting our clocks to Daylight Saving Time. The time change is a good reminder to check your smoke alarms.”

That is something I’ve never heard before. No redundancy here.

USFA, FEMA, and DHS. It’s a veritable alphabet soup of safety. I’ll sleep well tonight.

Note: If you are up to the challenge, you can become a Jr. Fire Marshall, just like me.

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