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Fire Prevention

The 2014 National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) National Fire Prevention Week is October 5 – 11.  This year’s theme is: “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.”  Below are some fast facts on fire prevention and workplace safety from the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) Risk Management Services Division.


  • Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire in half.
  • Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.  About one in five smoke alarm failures was due to dead batteries.
  • In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 91% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 75% of the time.
  • In more than half of the reported home fires in which the smoke alarms were present, but did not operate even though the fire was large enough, batteries were missing or disconnected. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected alarms.
  • More than half of the smoke alarms found in reported fires and two-thirds of the alarms  found in homes with fire deaths were powered by battery only.
  • Interconnected smoke alarms on all floors increase safety.


  • Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, less than half actually practice it.
  • One-third of Americans’ households who made an escape plan thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. Only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!


  • Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and injuries.
  • Smoke inhalation is the leading cause of fire deaths.
  • Heating is the second leading cause of home fires, fire deaths and fire injuries.
  • 53% of home electrical fires involved other known types of equipment, including ranges, washers/dryers, fans and space heaters.

Let’s work together to make Georgia a safer place to work! 

State Agencies go “All In” for SCCP

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Last week, the Georgia Department of Administrative Services kicked off the 2015 State Charitable Contributions Program (SCCP) with a breakfast at the Governor’s Mansion.

The breakfast served as a start for the annual SCCP Campaign, a program that provides an easy and convenient way to make an immediate and ongoing difference in local charities. First Lady Sandra Deal welcomed more than 100 agency heads, college presidents and campaign coordinators into her home to talk about the importance of giving back and how beneficial the program can be for charities in need.

“This is what it’s all about. With so much sad news and media, we have to recognize the good. We have to recognize the people that do a lot in our community,” said Mrs. Deal.

The 2014-15 Campaign will run from September 1 until October 31, 2014 with Commissioner Gretchen Corbin of the Department of Community Affairs serving as the honorary chair.

During the breakfast, Commissioner Corbin challenged all of Georgia’s state agencies to be “All In” with SCCP. To help show which charity you’re supporting, download the “All In” sign, write in the charity you are supporting and tweet or post a photo of you holding the sign. Use the campaign hashtags #GAgovALLin and #GASCCP and your post could be featured on the campaign’s website,

Together, Commissioner Sid Johnson of the Department of Administrative Services and Commissioner Corbin set the goals for the 2015 Annual Campaign at $1.5 million and an increase in participation by 33%. With more than 1,300 charitable organizations, our employees can find a charity close to their hearts and give back. If every employee gave just one dollar a month, that campaign goal would be met.

So, how will you give back?

For more information regarding the 2015 Annual Campaign, please visit

The SCCP was established in 1982 by the Georgia General. In the last 17 years, the program has raised more than $43 million to help support local and nationwide charities.  More than 100 independent charities and federations participate in the SCCP and more than 114,000 state employees are eligible to participate.  Last fall, more than $1.39 million was pledged across the state.

Spotlight on Success: Ga. DoD Human Resources

Sept. 8, 2014

The Georgia Department of Defense, along with seven other agencies, was honored at the Human Resources Community Meeting this month for outstanding performance in the State FY 2014 HR Audit. DOAS Commissioner Sid Johnson presented the Commissioner’s Recognition Award to these top performers.

Sandra Bruce (pictured) is the Human Resources Director for the Georgia Department of Defense. Mrs. Bruce, a State Human Resources professional for 19 years, and her staff led their agency to successfully excel in the audit’s Classification Management module. The Ga. Dept. of Defense was also one of the three highest scoring agencies across all audit modules in FY2014. This significant achievement indicated an excellent overall understanding of and compliance with Human Resources laws, regulations, rules, and best practices.

Under Mrs. Bruce’s leadership, the Ga. Dept. of Defense enhanced its Classification Management program approximately 10 years ago. The Ga. Dept. of Defense uses objective documented data to support position classification decisions. When classifying positions, the Ga. Dept. of Defense reviews accurate job descriptions and interviews managers to confirm the duties and responsibilities assigned to positions. The Ga. Dept. of Defense reviews where positions fit within the agency’s organizational structure and State government as a whole, and also considers how counterpart organizations are classifying positions with similar roles and responsibilities.

In keeping with best practices, the Ga. Dept. of Defense reviews current positions for both proper classification and FLSA status when there have been significant changes in job duties. The Ga. Dept. of Defense also ensures positions are properly classified before advertising a vacancy.

Sandra Bruce has found the Ga. Dept. of Defense classification program to be effective and says she plans to “stick with it.”

As to her experience with the audit, Mrs. Bruce valued participating in the FY 2014 HR Audit so much that she has even volunteered to be on the list for FY 2015 audit.

For more information on how to make the most of these HR audits, contact the Human Resources Administration at DOAS: