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2012 part of the new materials designed to reach populations at high risk during Fire Prevention Week, NFPA is providing four new Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults posters in English and Spanish on the topics of escape planning, smoke alarms, space heater safety, and cooking safety. The posters can be downloaded free of charge.

The 8 ½-by-11 four-color posters can be put on bulletin boards or windows of senior centers, fire stations, places of worship, grocery stores, restaurants, libraries, senior housing, or assisted living buildings or they can be handed directly to older adults who attend a group presentation or are visited in the home. There is also room on the posters to put in the local fire department contact information.

-Sharon Gamache


A story of one woman who lost her son in an on-campus fire and is now educating students about how to prevent fires or, if necessary, escape one was recentlypublished on The Boston Channel.

In 1998, Michael Minger was beginning his sophomore year at Murray State University in Kentucky.

"In his dorm, there was an arson fire. It was the second one in five days and he did not escape the second time. He was killed in the fire," said Gail Minger, Michael Minger's mother.

The loss of her son sent Minger on a path she never dreamed of traveling. She formed a foundation in Michael Minger's name to educate college students about fire safety.

Visit the Fire Service Today blog for the full story


Sparky's Wish List: Partnering for Fire-Safe Communities is an online registry that brings together fire departments and community members to support life-saving fire safety education programs. Through a simple online tool, fire departments create a wish list for Fire Prevention Week materials that will be used during school visits and other community events. Local businesses and individuals fulfill those wishes.

What are you waiting for? Learn how you can get involved!

Fire Prevention Week 2012

The reality is that when fire strikes, your home could be engulfed in smoke and flames in just a few minutes. It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? That's why having two ways out is such a key part of your plan.

The theme of NFPA's 2012 Fire Prevention Week, “Have Two Ways Out!”, focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.

Check out our new Fire Prevention Week web site to learn more about the importance of home escape planning, and for the tools and resources you need to teach your community about this life-saving exercise.

The Children’s Safety Network eNewsletter serves as a forum for sharing information about child and adolescent injury and violence prevention. It provides weekly listings of events, news items, and reports on specific injury-related topics. The April 5 issue included new resources and tool kits for April’s National Child Abuse Month.

Read the full blog post to see what the newsletter said about NFPA's Learn Not to Burn program

Put Out the Fire
The most visited section on the Sparky the Fire Dog® web site just got even better! Launched this month, the new fire truck section lets kids of all ages get an inside view of different kinds of fire trucks, explore a quint truck, color and print trucks online, and play fire truck games. Reinforce listening and sequencing skills with "Follow the Sounds," a sound pattern game for preschoolers and school-aged children. "Put out the Fire" is a game of skill in which critical thinking is a must. "It is the Angry Birds of fire-safety, I'm addicted," said one player. is a safe learning environment for children, trusted and approved by teachers, parents, and fire safety educators. 

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