Fire Officials Launch Fire Prevention Week

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STOW, Mass. — State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Fire Chiefs' Association of Massachusetts President Chief Michael Newbury are launching Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4 - 10.
 
"This year's theme Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen, emphasizes how important it is for every family to be aware of what is cooking on the stove and to stay in the kitchen when cooking." State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said.
 
Stay in the Kitchen and Put a Lid on Stovetop Fires
Chief Newbury said, "Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires. We know cooking fires can be prevented. Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Have a lid nearby so if there is a fire, you can put a lid on the pan and turn the burner off." He added, "When baking, use a kitchen timer if you must leave the kitchen to remind you that there is something in the oven. But don't leave the house."
 
 Working Smoke Alarms and a Practiced Escape Plan Save Lives
"If you have a fire at home you may have less than three minutes after the alarm sounds to get out safely. Preventing cooking fires can mean the difference between life and death," Ostroskey said. "Fire Prevention Week is also a great time to hold a family fire drill: test the smoke alarms, replace those that are more than ten years old, practice two ways of getting outside and going to the meeting place," he added.
 
Fire departments across the state will be busy during Fire Prevention Week sharing information to help everyone in their community learn how to prevent fires and survive those that do occur.
 
The National Fire Protection Association is the sponsor of National Fire Prevention Week, which commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 8-10, 1871.
 

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HPC To Host Virtual Health Care Cost Trends Hearing Focused On Impact of COVID-19

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) will host the 2020 Annual Health Care Cost Trends Hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.

The hearing, a public event at which policymakers and health care stakeholders convene to discuss challenges and oppor­tunities in improving health care in the Commonwealth, will be available live on the HPC’s YouTube channel. The virtual event will focus on examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health care system and residents of the Commonwealth and discussing considerations for the future. More information on the hearing, including a registration link, program booklet, and full agenda, can be found here.

The hearing will feature pre-recorded remarks from Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey, which will be posted on the HPC’s website after the hearing.
 
Dr. David R. Williams, a social scientist focused on social influences of health, will be the keynote speaker. He is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University.
 
The hearing will feature a video presentation highlighting the voices of those throughout the Commonwealth who have been most impacted by the pandemic. The video will be posted on the HPC’s website after the hearing. 
 
The hearing will include two hour-long panels featuring health care leaders and clinicians with a range of perspectives and experiences on the impact of COVD-19.
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