Maryland fire service has Fire Prevention Week "covered"; NFPA offers more ideas for fun FPW activities

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Sep 6, 2011

Fire safety book covers Firefighters in Maryland want students in two Prince George's County schools to start learning before they even crack open their books.

According to a report in the Washington Examiner, members of the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Station are passing out book covers that are adorned with fire prevention and safety tips.

The news report, by Emily Babay, says the book covers provide safety messages such as reminders about checking smoke detectors and creating escape plans.

"We're targeting the elementary schools because we want to get people at an early age so they can start learning about fire safety early on," says Chief James McClelland.

According to the report, Chief McClelland said the book covers are part of an effort to get the fire station more involved in the schools. The covers are being paid for in part through a grant from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office and Maryland State Fireman's Association.

If you’re a member of the fire service and are looking to conduct some special Fire Prevention Week activities, we’ve got some ideas to inspire you.

  • Sparky birthday kitHere are some tips on how to hold a successful fire station open house for your community.
  • If your open house includes visits from young children, here are some great ideas on interactive learning stations.
  • How about holding a community-wide fire drill? It’s a great way to motivate positive behavior change, and can help raise your department’s profile during Fire Prevention Week.
  • Lastly, why not throw a party (who doesn’t love a party, especially when there’s cake?) for Sparky the Fire Dog. In honor of Sparky’s 60th birthday, we’ve put together a downloadable party kit with everything you need: to-do lists, invitations, thank you cards, birthday banners, cupcake toppers, name tags, water bottle wrappers, games and more. Best of all, the birthday kit is free!

What special events are you planning for Fire Prevention Week? Share your ideas in the Comments section below.

- Mike Hazell