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As you probably know, our Fire Prevention Week campaign is in full swing. This year, our theme is "Protect Your Family From Fire", and our web site has all of the information and resources you need to keep you, your family, and community safer from fire.

Take a peek at the video we've created for the campaign. It's called "Sparky and the Runaway Robot!" and tells the story of the madcap adventures of a Safe-T-Bot who short circuits, races out of the fire station, and becomes an uninvited ''guest'' at the home of a family getting ready for a birthday party.

Incidentally, the voice of Sparky in this video is none other than Barry Brickey, a public education officer for the Kingsport (TN) Fire Department, who won our "Voice of Sparky" contest earlier this year.

The dog days of summer are here and soon enough the nation’s undergrads will be descending upon college campuses by the thousands. For many young students, it will be their first time living on their own. Though this new found independence is undoubtedly sweet, it does come with certain responsibilities such as groceries, bills, and perhaps most important – safety. Fire Prevention Week provides a great opportunity to reach out to students with life saving information.

http://www.nfpa.orgCollege - Animal House NFPA has some simple steps college students can take towards making their off-campus housing safe from fire.  Here are a few:

    - Look for a complete sprinkler system when choosing housing.  If you have a fire in your home, sprinklers can cut the risk of dying by 80 percent.

    - Make sure smoke alarms are installed in each sleeping room, outside every sleeping area, and on each level of the apartment unit or house.

    - Get the roommates together and create a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.

    - Stay in the kitchen when cooking (this includes Ramen noodles) and cook only when alert – never sleepy.

To get more fire safety information on campus dormitories or apartments, check out NFPA’s safety tip sheets.

Pizza parties, football games, and interactive challenges are a few activities you can use to get college students together for some fun and safety.  Let us know what ideas you have to reach students at your local colleges and universities.  Just click on the “Comments” link to get started.

-Courtney Flynn

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