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Sparky the Fire Dog is celebrating Earth Day all month long! He has partnered with NFPA's Firewise program to develop a great checklist that parents and their children can do together to help protect their homes from wildfire. By checking off everything on the list , you will be helping to protect animals, trees, plants and your home!

PhotoTo get started, you'll need:

As a special surprise, if you leave us a comment here on the blog, or on either Sparky the Fire Dog or Firewise Communities' Facebook pages, you'll be entered into a random drawing to win one of 5 reusable Sparky bags!

Just let us know if you have used the checklist, what you thought about it, or your future plans to go through it with your children!

Fire Prevention Week 2012

The reality is that when fire strikes, your home could be engulfed in smoke and flames in just a few minutes. It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? That's why having two ways out is such a key part of your plan.

The theme of NFPA's 2012 Fire Prevention Week, “Have Two Ways Out!”, focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.

Check out our new Fire Prevention Week web site to learn more about the importance of home escape planning, and for the tools and resources you need to teach your community about this life-saving exercise.

IFE AwardsThe Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), United States of America Branch, has recognized Casey Grant, P.E., of the Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation), NFPA’s Gary Keith, vice president of Field Operations and Education, and Russell Sanders, director of the Central Regional Office for NFPA, with the grade of “Fellow in the Institution,” which is the highest level of membership given by IFE. The grade of Fellow also represents one of the top degrees of authority within the fire engineering community.

Casey is responsible for a wide-range of research projects that support NFPA’s mission, including activities directly related to the fire service community. He received his Master of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Gary oversees six NFPA divisions and directly manages 13 field offices across the United States and Canada, which support the adoption and use of NFPA codes and standards. He received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Russ is responsible for promoting the adoption of NFPA codes and standards and the implementation of NFPA’s advocacy projects across nine states. In addition, he serves as the executive secretary to the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association and as president of the United States delegation to the International Fire & Rescue Services. He is the former chief of the Louisville, Kentucky Fire Department and received his Master of Science and Master of Education degrees from the University of Louisville..

Plant Contest
The Firewise Communities Program has announced the winners of the Firewise Plant Calendar Photo Contest. The calendar, which serves as a valuable resource for homeowners, landscapers, planners and others involved in home building and landscape maintenance, will be available later this year through the program’s online catalog.

Entrants submitted original photos of Firewise plants, flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses found in their region. Ten winners were chosen and prizes include an Amazon gift card. The contest winners are:

  • Michieal Abé, Wasilla, Alaska
  • Connie Berg, Duvall, Washington
  • Ronald Billings, College Station, Texas
  • Liron Galliano, McClellan, California
  • Jeannine Giuffre, Tehachapi, California
  • Mike Kuhns, Logan, Utah
  • Audrey Lawson, Salem, Oregon
  • Jim McFarland, Ashland, Oregon
  • Richard Nelson, Pocatello, Idaho
  • Patricia Peters, Cragsmoor, New York

One of the primary principles of the Firewise Communities Program involves creating a Firewise landscape around a house to help decrease the risk of spreading wildfire. All vegetation has the potential for becoming fuel for a fire. A state list of native Firewise plants is available on the Firewise website.

More information about Firewise plants and landscaping can be found on the homeowners page of the Firewise website.

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