Jack-O-Lantern Safety


When you think of Halloween, one of the first things that probably enters your mind is carving Jack-O-Lanterns! jack-o-lantern

It’s important to supervise children while carving, but you must also exercise caution when lighting them up!

Only adults should use matches or lighters to light the candle inside the pumpkin. Store matches and lighters out of reach of children.

Make sure the candle is securely anchored inside the pumpkin.

Consider carving the pumpkin from the bottom instead of the top. This makes it easier to level the pumpkin, and it can be placed over a candle that is in a safe container.

Make sure you light the pumpkin with a long fireplace match or a bbq lighter to prevent burning your hand.

The SAFEST way to light your pumpkin is with LED candles, a small flashlight, or an electric window candle!



Future Tobacco Control Programs Await Funding

Smoking has a well-documented adverse impact on overall health. It is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Annually, more than 480,000 people die from cigarette smoking with another 41,000 deaths due to exposure to secondhand smoke.

Tobacco Free Northeast PA (TFNE) has submitted a three-year grant proposal to the State Department of Health Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control. We have been providing tobacco cessation and prevention programs and services for over 20 years and the Division’s regional primary contractor for the northeast health district (a ten county coverage area) since 2007. TFNE’s goal, under the direction of t he Burn Prevention Network, is to remain a leader in tobacco programming for the State of Pennsylvania.


Grant funding to continue these services are generated by the Tobacco Master Settlement Act and allocated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We eagerly await confirmation of our 3-year continuation funding due by mid-July 2016.

Welcome New Directors!

Like most non-profits, the Burn Prevention Network (BPN) is governed by an elected board of directors. This board is charged with the functions of policy and governance. It hires a chief executive officer whom it holds accountable for the management of those polices and the initiatives that they authorize.

The BPN has a long and distinguished history of maintaining a dedicated and active board of directors who represent many constituency groups associated with the pursuit of our mission. Most recently, the board elected four new directors. They are:

  • Nancy Humes, MSN, RN – Nancy is the Director of Patient Care Services, Regional Burn Center, LVHN. She has been a member of the burn care team at LVHN since 1987.
  • Cory Thatcher – Cory owns and manages Thatcher Benefits Planning, Inc., an insurance and benefits management business. In addition to Thatcher Benefits, he is a financial advisor with 1847Financial.
  • Michelle Guenot – Michelle serves as the Manager, Online Services Group, Viamedia. She has had a distinguished career in marketing and media promotions, mostly in eastern PA and east coast markets.
  • Kenneth Hawkinson, PhD – Ken is the President of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Ken was appointed President of KU on July 1, 2015. He began his career in higher education at Western Illinois University in 1988.

Welcome and “thanks for your service” to our new directors!

Fire Safety for Children Leaving Home

This time of year many families experience a bitter-sweet rite of passage, shipping their bak_to_college_2011children off to college, perhaps for the first time. There are a thousand-and-one details to manage during this process, not the least of which may be your parental emotions! Don’t forget to include fire safety planning on that list!

The truth is fire safety is not a top of mind issue for young people living away from home for the first time. As a result, the incidence of student on and off campus residential fires spike this time of year. This is especially true for students living off campus. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), 80% of student housing fires occur off campus. Roughly six out of seven of on and off campus fires are started by cooking. Dormitory fires are more common during the evening hours, between 5 – 11 pm, and on weekends.

So, how do you prepare your college student to be fire safe? Here are some tips to review with them:

  • If staying off campus, make sure there are working smoke alarms on all levels and in bedrooms. Ideally, look for a building that has fire sprinklers.
  • If on campus, make sure you can hear the building alarm system when you are in your room.
  • Never tamper with or remove batteries from smoke alarms. Test them monthly.
  • Learn your building’s evacuation plan and know at least two ways out.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Cook only when you are alert.
  • Don’t smoke inside! If you must, smoke in a designated area; use sturdy ashtrays; and never throw butts in the trash.
  • NEVER smoke in bed or when you have been drinking.
  • Use flameless candles (most dorms prohibit open flames). If you do use lighted candles, never leave the area while they are lit and blow them out when you go to bed.
  • Use only approved power-strips with internal circuit breakers. Never overload plug outlets.

Finally, counsel your child that fire safety is a responsibility of living independently. Their safety and the safety of those with whom they live are at stake. This is a part of becoming a responsible adult!


The LGBT Community Center Pilot

“Did you know that Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people smoke tobacco atlgbt rates over 50% higher than non-LGBT people, and up to half of people who smoke die early as a result?  LGBT health matters.  Learn how tobacco impacts the LGBT community.”

                                                                                         Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center                                                                                                         Public Service Announcement  

Tobacco Free Northeast PA is pleased to announce a new partnership!  Through a grant provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in May, 2015, we are now partnering with the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.  The Center serves the LGBT community of the Greater Lehigh Valley.  Continue reading