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Streamers flew and smoke alarms beeped as NFPA kicked off its long-term partnership with LEGOLAND® Florida to provide lifesaving information to families and kids during a press event and special fire safety day at central Florida’s newest theme park yesterday.

Want to view a quick video recap of the day's events? 


“The majority of fire deaths happen in homes where there are no working smoke alarms,” said NFPA President Jim Shannon. “We are excited to join with LEGOLAND Florida to impart two extremely important messages - test your smoke alarms and have an escape plan.”

NFPA will sponsor the park’s fire safety - themed “The Big Test” live show at the LEGO® City Stage where these messages will be incorporated. “The Big Test” is an acrobatic, comedy show in which a cast of characters goes through a series of hysterical antics as they try to become firefighters. There will also be special activities throughout the year that stress the importance of fire safety and acknowledge the critical work of the fire service.

Watch a slideshow of photos from our kick-off event or visit NFPA's Facebook photo album.


During the kick-off event, hundreds of kids and families tested smoke alarms, learned ways to stay safe and posed for pictures with area firefighters in full gear before sitting down to watch the highly acclaimed “The Big Test”.

“This partnership allows us to combine kids’ love of the fire service and LEGOLAND to build life-saving knowledge,” said Adrian Jones, LEGOLAND Florida general manager. “We are proud to play this important role for our community.”

Check out our photo album from our kickoff event on Facebook! 


Are you a hard-working, dynamic fire safety educator who loves working with children, older adults, and others in the community? Do you consistently and creatively use one or more of NFPA’s core fire safety programs, such as Learn Not to Burn®, Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, or Fire Prevention Week materials? If so, you could be the next winner of NFPA’s Educator of the Year Award. The deadline for applications is February 24th, so you still have time to apply.

If you are chosen Educator of the Year, you will receive a $1,000 honorarium for you personally and a $1,000 donation to your local fire department to support its public education activities. We all know how scarce resources are, so don’t pass up this opportunity. Download the application form now, and don’t let your busy schedule or your humility keep you from going for it!

 - Sharon Gamache

I just sent the new Sparky Valentine’s Day e-card to my sister, Renée. Send one to the special people in your life.

If you are looking for a classroom activity or something fun to do for the children in your life, print out or color your own Sparky Valentine.

Valentine’s Day is also a good time to show the people you love how much you care by testing all their smoke alarms and helping them with fire drills in the home.Val_sparky

- Sharon Gamache


The February 2012 issue of NFPA's "Safety Source" newsletter is now available. In this issue:

  • NFPA kicks off fire safety partnership with LEGOLAND®
  • Tip sheet focuses on fire safety for people with disabilities
  • Printable Sparky memory match game
  • Valentine's Day Sparky ecard

Sign up today to receive our free monthly e-newsletter. "Safety Source" will give you the latest information on happenings in the public education division, Ready for Risk Watch® news, Remembering When™ activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, life saves, and more.

NFPA estimates that physical disability was a factor in an average of 380, or 14%, of home fire deaths per Final #1year in 2004–2008. To provide fire safety information for people with disabilities, NFPA has developed a variety of educational materials, including a free, new tip sheet available on NFPA’s website.

To obtain additional educational materials for people with disabilities, click here. To discuss issues with disabilities, contact Lisa Braxton, associate project manager of NFPA’s Public Education Division.

-Sharon Gamache Test at LegoLandNFPA partners with LEGOLAND® Florida to teach fire prevention and safety to families and kids of all ages

Join us! A press event and fire safety day will take place at LEGOLAND® Florida on February 23, 2012 to officially begin the fun!


Hey fire service!
If you are a Florida firefighter interested in volunteering for the February 23 fire safety day, please e-mail us!

"The Big Test"
NFPA will be the official sponsor of "The Big Test", an acrobatic, comedy show in which a cast of real characters goes through a series of hysterical antics as they try to become volunteer firefighters. While their approach is slapstick and audience members may find themselves on the wrong end of a stream of water, there are important fire safety messages imparted along the way. The show runs four times a day at the LEGO® City Stage and will be seen by thousands of kids and families during the life of this arrangement.

In addition to The Big Test sponsorship and messaging, NFPA will be working with LEGOLAND Florida throughout the year to spread fire safety information. There will be a particular emphasis during October as part of Fire Prevention Week activities. The partnership also includes park discounts that will be available during the duration of the partnership for NFPA members and friends and firefighters as part of a firefighter appreciation program. Legoland Florida

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