NFPA and Sparky the Fire Dog are calling on fire departments, parents and teachers to Read for Fire Safety during Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12) and throughout the year to raise awareness among children about the importance of fire safety.
NFPA recently launched a new free e-book and a storybook app that offer fun and interactive learning experiences for readers and audiences alike.
In Sparky’s Birthday Surprise app, it’s the fire-safety dog’s birthday and children learn and play as they plan the party. The app is aimed at helping children ages 3-7 learn what to do if the smoke alarm sounds, how to exit the house safely, and choose an outside meeting place for their family. It has games, activities, coloring pages, and a sing-a-long.
The new e-book, designed for children ages 7-12, includes a tale of rescue dog The Black Pearl, a story of a “superhero” kid who protected his family from fire, and intriguing scientific facts about smoke and fire. The e-book and app both feature interactive whiteboard lessons on fire safety, addressing phonics, math, and reading comprehension. A teacher/parent guide with discussion questions and additional activities are also included.
Tips on how to organize a reading opportunity are available at www.nfpa.org/readforfiresafety. You can also visit www.sparky.org/parents to learn more and submit information on local efforts to support Read for Fire Safety.
Both the app and e-book are available on Google Play and iTunes, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.