#TBT From The NFPA Archives: Sparky Says “Clean Up!”

Blog Post created by jrodowicz Employee on Oct 17, 2019

Over the years Sparky the Fire Dog has had many looks and messages. The constant has been his devotion to fire safety and fire prevention. This week’s Throwback Thursday looks back at the year 1973 and Sparky’s Spring Clean Up campaign messaging.

Sparky says Clean up


Sparky regularly takes part on local Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activities. Research around home destruction vs. home survival in wildfires point to embers and small flames as the main way that the majority of homes ignite in wildfires.


You can learn more about how wildfires spread and ignite homes in NFPA’s online course Understanding the Wildfire Threat to Homes. An overview of fire history, fire basics, and how homes burn.


For more information regarding this and other moments in fire history, please feel free to reach out to the NFPA Research Library & Archives.

 The NFPA Archives houses all of NFPA's publications, both current and historic.
 Library staff are available to answer research questions from members and the general public.