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During Fire Prevention Week, the City of Miami Fire and Rescue created local partnerships with Home Depot® and Dominos® Pizza.  These were companies that NFPA has also partnered with nationally.  The Miami Fire and Rescue Department was able to use these partnerships to reach the at-risk communities they serve, spreading fire safety messages and ensuring smoke detectors were installed and working.

• The fire department partnered with the local Dominos Pizza in delivery of pizzas from Domino Pizza stores near fire stations with the highest incidence of fires.  The deliveries were in neighborhoods that were primarily low-income and in which residents spoke Creole or Spanish as their primary languages.  When people ordered pizza, fire department personnel would go with the delivery person to the home where the pizza was being delivered.  If the people making the order had smoke alarms in their homes then they received their pizza free.  If they did not have working smoke alarms, Miami firefighters installed new alarms or put batteries in existing smoke alarms.  

• Miami Fire and Rescue also partnered with a local Home Depot store. They held an in-store workshop in which firefighters helped children build little model fire trucks. They also had the department’s fire trucks on hand and public education displays.  The Home Depot store that Miami worked with is in the heart of primarily non-English speaking population.

Photos below:
Maria Rosen, fire and life safety educator, Miami Fire Department, sharing fire safety information with a parent at a Dominos Pizza restaurant.

Local Miami Firefighters install alarms in a Miami home.

The educational display and exhibits at the Home Depot parking lot. 





NFPA's Rose Mann-Diebert was in Washington, DC, last week and snapped this photo of NFPA's Fire Prevention Week banner hanging outside the offices of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Thanks for your support of Fire Prevention Week, EPA!EPA

Fitting well with this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme “Have Two Ways Out,” the Philadelphia Fire Department, the Michael H. Minger Foundation, and Campus Firewatch conducted a fire drill among local Philadelphia universities the evening of October 18. The universities practiced their respective escape plans by evacuating pre-selected dormitories. The campus of Drexel University served as host for the Philadelphia Fire Department’s mock firefighting operations during a campus fire.
The Michael H. Minger Foundation is producing a documentary entitled “9 Fires” highlighting the devastating impact of nine campus fires in 2012.

Below are photos from the firefighting event at Drexel University.

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During Fire Prevention Week, Susan Henderson, senior vice-president and chief communications officer of Rite Aid Pharmacy, presented the Cleveland Fire Department and the Cleveland Chapter of the Red Cross with a $10,000 check for their partner program, Operation Save-A-Life, in which firefighters and Red Cross volunteers install smoke alarms in Cleveland residents’ homes. Rite-Aid is touring 12 cities around the country to celebrate its 50th anniversary with 50 acts of wellness.

Pictured below is Cleveland Fire Chief Timothy O’Toole in the center. On Chief O’Toole’s left is Mary Alice-Frank, CEO of the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland, and on the chief’s right is Susan Henderson of Rite-Aid. Larry Gray, public information officer for the Cleveland Fire Department is in the first row, last on the right. Also pictured are employees of the Cleveland Fire Department and Rite Aid.


During Fire Prevention Week, the Raleigh, North Carolina, Fire Department shared fire safety education materials during an exhibit and demonstration at the Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh.

Also during October, Raleigh’s Fire Watch publications featured an episode on home fire sprinklers, with Ronald Campbell interviewing a home owner who installed home fire sprinklers in his home in Wake County.

Below are Fire Prevention Coordinator Ronald Campbell and Assistant Fire Marshal Charles Williams,  Raleigh Fire Department, setting up the exhibit at Crabtree Valley Mall.

In the second photo, Ron Campbell and Deputy Fire Marshal John Olive teach some important fire safety lessons to children attending the exhibit.


During Fire Prevention Week, October 7–13, 2012, Milwaukee fire companies worked with players from the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks to test and install smoke alarms in homes in Milwaukee neighborhoods as part of the Milwaukee Fire Department’s Focus (Firefighters out Creating Urban Safety) program.
Pictured below with Milwaukee firefighters are, from left, Bucks’ mascot Bango and Bucks players Joel Przybilla and Tobias Harris. Milwaukee Chief Mark Rohlfing is at the podium. Skip Robinson, director of Community Relations for the Milwaukee Bucks, is at far right in black with red shoes. Player John Henson was also involved in the smoke alarm testing and installation.

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Quincy Fire Department held a Fire Prevention Week open house on Saturday, October 13, sharing fire safety information, demonstarting the Jaws of Life, holding a smoke alarm raffle, and providing pizza for the children and adults of Quincy. Also participating in the open house were the Quincy Police Department, Fallon Ambulance Company, Quincy Hospital, and Operation Lifesaver rail safety program.



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Lacey Ronkin and Ava Jacobson with their fire hats and pizza. Credit: Amy Nachbar

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Mya Nigrelli and Sparky the Fire Dog Credit: Amy Nachbar

The Sharon Fire Department held an open house last Wednesday, Oct. 10, to celebrate Fire Prevention Week.

There was plenty of pizza, plastic fire hats and goody bags were given to all the children and Sparky the Fire Dog was on hand to pose for pictures with the kids.

Fire Prevention Week ran from Oct. 7-13. This year's theme focused on home fire escape planning and having two ways out of every room in your home. In a fire, if the first way out is blocked, it's important to have another way out to get to safety. Even though FPW is now over, it is important to learn about fire safety all year round!

We would love to see photos from your FPW events, please send them our way!

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, we wanted to share this fun video! At the North Star Volunteer Fire Department's Open House, North Pole, Alaska on June 9th, 2012 Sparky the Fire Dog and Smokey the Bear had a Big Dance Off. While Smokey did the most dancing Sparky had some good moves of his own. You be the judge, who do you think won the dance off?


Cooking SafetyAccording to a new report released by NFPA, cooking remains top cause of home structure fires.  U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 371,700 home structure fires annually between 2006 and 2010. These fires caused an estimated average of 2,590 civilian deaths and $7.2 billion in direct property damage yearly.

Based on research by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the report also cited that cooking was the number one cause of home structure fires.  CPSC found that in 2004-2005, for every household cooking fire reported to the fire department, U.S. households experienced 50 cooking equipment fires that they did not report.

Forty-two percent of reported home fires started in the kitchen or cooking area. These fires were the third leading cause of home fire deaths (15 percent) and leading cause of home fire injuries (37 percent).

Other notable findings from the report include:

  • Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.
  • Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths followed by heating equipment and then cooking equipment.
  • 25 percent of all home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom; another 24 percent resulted from fires originating in the living room, family room, or den.
  • Home fires accounted for 73 percent of all reported structure fires between 2006 and 2010.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, on average one of every 310 households per year had a reported home fire.
  • Home structure fires peaked around the dinner hours between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Stay safe in your home with more fire safety tips from NFPA.

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Betty White makes her way to the end of the red carpet, where Sparky the Fire Dog anxiously awaits to meet her.

The issue of fire safety got a little dose of Hollywood glamour over the weekend at the American Humane Association's annual "Hero Dog Award" ceremonies in Los Angeles. Sparky the Fire Dog® was asked to be the "official spokesdog" of the event, and in that role, he got to walk the red carpet, chat with the throng of national media in attendance, and hobnob with some celebrities, including Betty White.

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Betty White was on hand to receive the American Humane Association's "Legacy Award" for her lifelong commitment to protecting the welfare of animals. She poses here with Sparky and Lorraine Carli, NFPA's Vice President of Communications.

Sparky chewed up the red carpet (well, not literally) and said hello to his many admirers. He also took the opportunity to remind them that it's Fire Prevention Week -- and that this year's theme focuses on the importance of home escape planning. "Always have two ways out," he advised.

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Sparky and Steve Dornbusch, NFPA Senior Project Manager.

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Sparky and singer/songwriter Naomi Judd.

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Mike Hazell, NFPA's Web Publisher, also snagged a photo opportunity with Naomi Judd.

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Sparky with Pauley Perrette, of TV's "NCIS" and her cousin, a firefighter from Tennessee, who was very familiar with Sparky's fire safety education efforts.

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Sparky with Mark Stubis, head of public relations for the American Humane Association.

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Actress Edie McClurg strikes a pose with Sparky.

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Sparky sandwiches in between NFPA's Lorraine Carli and Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of the American Humane Assocaition. “Sparky has been a hero to children, adults, and firefighters for more than 60 years,” said Dr. Ganzert. “He is a natural choice to help us celebrate the amazing things dogs do to help us every day that warrant recognition.”


FPW sighting

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In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the Waterloo Fire Department and First Assistant Chief Brett Wiegand said that one of the most basic ways residents, especially those in rural areas of the fire district, can help in an emergency is to install a highly visible address sign in their front yard.

“When the fire department is called to an emergency, we are given an address to respond to,” Wiegand said. “Sometimes it is the address of the emergency, or a concerned neighbor calls in with a general location.”

Also, two Zahnow Elementary School first grade classes visited the Waterloo Fire Department this week as part National Fire Prevention Week, which is Oct. 7-13. The two classes were brought to the fire station by their teachers, Lisa Cain (far left) and Brian Unger (far right). (Alan Dooley photo)


There is no shortage of activity this week as Fire Prevention Week is in full tilt. The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services had several FPW banners adorning their headquarters in Stow, MA. Send us a photo of your banner. Let's see how many we can get.

Sparky the Fire Dog greets the media lining the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton.

At the second annual “Hero Dog Awards” ceremony awards ceremony in Beverly Hills last Saturday night, eight of America’s most courageous canines were honored by the American Humane Association. These dogs have transformed people’s lives with their unconditional love, devotion, and intuition. They all took center stage at this wonderful event, following their walk down the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton.

Austin Weishel (right), a volunteer firefighter from Loveland, CO, is the creator of a 17 foot high, 450 pound bronze statue of a firefighter with his arson dog. The artwork, called “Ashes to Answers”, is on permanent display at Fire Station #3 in downtown Washington, DC, and honors the teamwork between firefighters and their canine companions in solving arson crimes.

The " Ashes to Answers" sculpture was commissioned by Jerry Means, an arson investigation agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations. His dog, Sadie, received national attention last year as the winner of the 2011 American Human Association “Hero Dog Awards” and was the model for the sculpture. 

Edie McClurg has performed in countless films and TV shows, most notably "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", and "7th Heaven". She also worked with Paul Reubens in his original stage production of "The Pee Wee Herman Show".

Kristin Chenowith, host of the “Hero Dog Awards”, arrived on the red carpet carrying her Maltese, Maddie. Ms. Chenoweth played the original “Glinda”, the good witch, in Broadway’s “Wicked”. She’s also been on many TV shows, including two seasons on “The West Wing”, “Pushing Daisies”, “The Good Wife”, and in the Emmy-nominated role of April Rhodes on “Glee”.

Megyn Price from the TV series “Rules of Engagement” and “Grounded for Life”. 

Jake Pavelka, best known from the reality TV show “The Bachelor”.

Candy Spelling serves on several charitable boards, including "L.A.'s Best", a reading program for city schoolchildren.

Pauley Perrette from the TV series NCIS.

Lisa Vanderpump from the reality TV series “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” arrived at the event carrying her dog.

Mark Steines, longtime co-host of TV’s “Entertainment Tonight”.

Betty White makes her way down the red carpet. She was 
on hand to receive the American Humane Association’s “Legacy Award” for her tireless efforts to protect the welfare of animals.

Sparky and "Team NFPA" catch Betty White's attention at the end of the red carpet.We wanted to say "hi", remind her about Fire Prevention Week, and our dog's efforts to bring fire safety messages to schools across North America. Will she stop and say hello?

Sparky greeted employees at NFPA this morning to kick off Fire Prevention Week with some breakfast treats and this year's FPW t-shirt! Have you ordered your t-shirt yet?

Watch the blog for updates on all FPW activities going on at NFPA this week!

Fire safety meets Hollywood glamour, as Sparky the Fire Dog took to the red carpet at the American Humane Association's "Hero Dog Awards" gala on Saturday, October 6, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. 

Having Sparky walk the red carpet at the "Hero Dog Awards" ceremony was a perfect and high-profile way to kick-off Fire Prevention Week campaign (October 7-13), which this year, focuses on the importance of planning and practicing 2 ways out of every room in your home. If a fire strikes in your home, it could be engulfed in smoke and flames in just a few minutes. That's why having 2 ways out is such a key part of your plan. 

Sparky, escorted down the carpet by puppeteer Tim LaGasse, spoke to several reporters about his excitement about being asked to be the "Official Spokesdog" for this second annual awards ceremony, and shared fire safety tips along the way. 

The American Humane Association has a longstanding commitment to child and animal welfare and Sparky was thrilled to work with them to put a spotlight on this important work.

The Hero Dog Awards recognize America’s most courageous canines – ordinary dogs who do astonishing things: saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight, hearing, or medical assistance to their human companions, unselfishly aiding law enforcement, arson investigators, and search and rescue workers, or providing uncompromising love and compassion as therapy dogs.

My colleagues and I were posted to strategic posts along the red carpet to catch all of the action. My assigned spot was near the end of the carpet, and there was a big concrete pillar to my left, so I couldn’t see who was approaching until they got pretty close. But I could hear the shouts and the whirring camera clicks from the big media representatives stationed near the front door. It was all really exciting, not knowing who was coming around the corner. And when the march down the carpet began, it all happened fast and furious. 

John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of the Paul Mitchell hair empire, and owner/operator of many other businesses, including The House of Blues.

Lois Pope, of the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, a longtime supporter of the American Humane Association. 

Jake Austin from Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place”.

Swimmer Ricky Berens, who together with Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, and Michael Phelps, won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the men's 4x200 freestyle relay.

Bailee Madison, the young star of the film “Just Go With It”.

Michael Vartan from the television series "Alias" and “Hawthorne”.

Lou Wegner from the films “Doughboy” and “Trouble with the Curve”.

The (very nice) singer/songwriter Naomi Judd, who along with her daughter, Wynona, sold more than 20 million country music records.

COMING UP: As part of a series of special posts during Fire Prevention Week, we'll be sharing more photos from the red carpet and talk about our up-close and personal moment with Betty White.

I’ve been to Los Angeles a couple of times before, but never to a star-studded Hollywood event. But there I was Saturday night, standing along the red carpet, jostling for space with other photographers and camera crews vying to capture the attention of the dozens of celebrities who attended theAmerican Humane Association’s “Hero Dog Awards” event.

Held at the Beverly Hilton (home of the annual Golden Globe awards), the second annual awards ceremony was created to recognize America’s most courageous canines – often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things - saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight, hearing, or medical assistance to  human companions, unselfishly aiding law enforcement, arson investigators, and search and rescue workers, or providing uncompromising love and compassion as therapy dogs. 


Media gathers along the red carpet, awaiting the start of the American Humane Association event.

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The NFPA crew gathers in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton before the red carpet event. From left: Steve Dornbusch, NFPA Senior Project Manager, Lorraine Carli, NFPA Vice President of Communications, Tim LaGasse, puppet designer and the puppeteer who brings Sparky the Fire Dog® to life, and Mike Hazell, NFPA Web Publisher. 

Held at the Beverly Hilton (home of the annual Golden Globe awards), the second annual awards ceremony was created to recognize America’s most courageous canines – often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things - saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight, hearing, or medical assistance to  human companions, unselfishly aiding law enforcement, arson investigators, and search and rescue workers, or providing uncompromising love and compassion as therapy dogs.

Earlier this year, a call for “hero dogs” was issued by the American Humane Association, and dogs competed in eight categories. After more than 3 million online votes, the winner of each category were flown to California with their human friends in hopes of being named the 2012 American Hero Dog.

Joining the eight nominated dogs on the red carpet was Sparky the Fire Dog®, who served as “Official Spokesdog” for the event. “Sparky has been a hero to children, adults, and firefighters for more than 60 years,” said Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “He is a natural choice to help us celebrate the amazing things dogs do to help us every day that warrant recognition.”

Sparky was created for NFPA in 1951 and has been the official mascot of NFPA ever since. He is widely recognized as a fire and life safety icon that is beloved by children and adults alike. Millions have learned about fire safety through educational lessons or materials featuring his image. 

Sparky was escorted down the red carpet by Tim LaGasse, a Los Angeles-based puppeteer who created a special Sparky puppet for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign. 

P1080175COMING UP: As part of a series of special posts during Fire Prevention Week, we'll be showcasing lots more photos and write-ups from the American Humane Association's "Hero Dog Award" ceremony in Los Angeles. We'll detail our very special encounter with Betty White, meeting lots of celebrities on the red carpet, and reminding everyone to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. Remember: Have 2 Ways Out.

Children have an important role when it comes to fire prevention and safety. They will be the main audience for this year's Fire Prevention Week activities, according to Assistant Fire Chief James K. Smith of the Maxwell Air Force (AL) Fire Department.

In an article on the AFB website, Assistant Chief Smith says he hopes kids will take what they learn to their parents when it comes to this year's theme "Have 2 Ways Out," which stresses the importance of planning two household escape routes in case of a fire.

"We take this Fire Prevention Week as an opportunity to really get with the young kids," said Smith. "Kids are always a big focal point for us because we think that if we can get the kids to practice good fire safety, then they could encourage their parents to practice good safety."

Some of the events planned for the week include tours of the Maxwell and Gunter fire departments and a fire safety house display Tuesday at the Maxwell Youth Center, where kids will have a chance to crawl through a "burning" trailer. Sparky the Fire Dog will pay a visit Wednesday to Maxwell Elementary School and will return Friday with fire gear and a truck to answer any questions.

The week will end with a fire vehicle parade throughout the Maxwell and Gunter housing areas.

Additionally, there will be a booth set up at the Maxwell Exchange Tuesday, giving the Maxwell Air Force Fire Department personnel a chance to meet with the community and show residents how to create their own fire escape plan.

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Eli Ifrah from New Jersey was the winnter of a Sparky the Foire Dog gift package and
LEGO City fire set at the FPW event at LEGOLAND FLorida.

As the temperature climbed into the 90’s in the hot Florida
sun, a crowd filled the Lego City Stage to see yesterday’s first showing of The
Big Test, a zany, acrobatic show that imparts important safety messages as part
of a 20 minute comedic extravaganza. 
The audience of kids and adults alike were not only treated to a few
laughs and some splashes of water, they were on hand to help NFPA kick-off Fire
Prevention Week
and announce the winner of its video contest.


[NFPA |] and LEGOLAND Florida asked the public to give their

best rendition of “Put the Hot Stuff on the Wet Stuff”, the catchy tune from

The Big Test. After two weeks of voting and more than 10,000 votes, Kathleen

Marler of Florida was the winner. Her and her family received a trip to

LEGOLAND Florida as their prize.

 The winning video

The announcement was part of a full day of activities.
Firefighters from Polk County and the Florida State Fire Marshal’s office
conducted a series of learning stations, teaching children and parents how to
test smoke alarms and create a home fire escape plan.

Continuing through the month of October, LEGOLAND Florida
will feature Firefighter Fridays, where local firefighters are on hand to show
guests their gear and answer questions about fire safety.

NFPA is the official fire safety partner for LEGOLAND
Florida and sponsor of The Big Test show.


For more information on NFPA’s partnership with LEGOLAND

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Annelies Conover, 5, of Troy, sits behind the wheel of a fire truck last year during the Troy Fire Department's annual open house. Credit: Kevin Elliott

Six fire stations in Troy, Michigan, will be hosting Open Houses this Sunday to kick-off Fire Prevention Week.

“This annual event has become a wonderful tradition in Troy,” Fire Chief Bill Nelson told the Troy Patch. “This year’s fire prevention week theme is 'Have Two Ways Out,' and these Open Houses teach fire safety in a fun, relaxed way. This also is a chance to meet our amazing volunteer firefighters and see first-hand the pride they take in the work they do.”

Firefighters will be on hand to discuss the theme and to provide information about how a resident or business person can best accomplish this goal of protecting your family from fire.

And there will be a special guest  -- Sparky the Fire Dog will be appearing at several Open House locations, along with an antique fire truck and and mobile health unit, so residents can learn all about fire and life safety issues.


FPW hits Wauregan, CT

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Guest post by: Brett Brenner, President, Electrical Safety Foundation International

Brett3Electrical failures and malfunctions are a leading cause of home fires year after year. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is once again joining NFPA’s crusade to raise awareness about the importance of fire safety during Fire Prevention Week.  ESFI’s Fire Prevention Week resources complement the “Have 2 Ways Out” campaign by educating the public about simple precautions that can be taken to prevent home electrical fires before they start. 

ESFI offers these tips to help you protect your home and family from electrical fires:

  • Safety should always be the top priority when working with electricity.  ESFI recommends that a qualified, licensed electrician perform all home electrical work in compliance with local and national safety standards.
  • Consider having your circuit breakers replaced with arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), which provide enhanced electrical fire protection by detecting dangerous arcing conditions.
  • Make sure all electrical panel circuits are properly labeled.  Always replace fuses or circuit breakers with the correct size and amperage.
  • Keep the area around the electrical panel clear so that you can easily shut off power in an emergency.
  • Every month, use the TEST button to check that ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and AFCIs are working properly.
  • Look for warning signs of an electrical problem such as outlets and switches that are warm or make crackling, sizzling or buzzing noises.
  • Regularly check cords, outlets, switches, and appliances for signs of damage.  Do not use damaged electrical devices.
  • Do not use extension cords on a permanent basis, and never use them with space heaters or air conditioners.
  • Avoid overloading outlets.
  • Do not use light bulbs that exceed the recommended wattage of the light fixture or lamp.

ESFIVisit NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website for more information on the “Have 2 Ways Out” campaign featuring  a variety of resources for all audiences including teachers, firefighters and safety advocates, and families.  You can even test your fire safety knowledge with the “Fire Prevention Week Quiz!”

Also visit for more electrical and fire safety information and resources including the Electrical Fire Safety Checklist and illustrated tips sheets to help you properly maintain your smoke alarms and AFCIs.

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Juan Alvarez, 23d Civil Engineer Squadron commander, reads the 2012 Fire Prevention Week Proclamation at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia on September 21, 2012.

U.S. Air Force Col. Billy Thompson, 23d Wing commander, signs the 2012 Fire Prevention Week Proclamation at Moody Air Force Base.

U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Douglas Ellis

We want to hear from you -- have used the official Fire Prevention Week proclamation in your community? If so, let us know in the comments below or e-mail us a photo so we can share with everyone on this blog.

Here's one from the archives of the Dallas Morning News. Photo Librarian Jerome Sims posted this photo from the city's 1947 Fire Prevention Week parade. The old steam pumper, which went out of active service in 1918, was pulled by Old Tige, and driven by Capt. J. W. (Pop) Lattimer.

Does your community still hold a Fire Prevention Week parade? Let us know in the comments below.


Our lovable mascot Sparky the Fire Dog, has been named the official spokesdog for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards this year! Sparky will make a debut at the awards show in California this weekend, and a recorded version of the show will air on the Hallmark Channel in November.

Eight hero dog finalists need your vote to be crowned the winner in Saturday's awards ceremony. Please vote by October 5th at

Members of Shippensburg (PA) Fire Department will make rounds to the classrooms of some of Shippensburg's youngest residents throughout October to teach fire prevention.

A task force of firefighters from Vigilant Hose Company, Cumberland Valley Hose Company, and West End Fire and Rescue will visit elementary and preschools in Shippensburg on set dates to speak with students about how to prevent fires and what to do if one should happen.

According to a report on, key topics during these classroom visits will include how to make best use of smoke detectors, making a plan for escape that includes two separate exits and what to do if two exits are not available, figuring out a meeting place and how to call the fire department, said Fire Chief Randy O'Donnell.

"It's the real basic steps," he said.

We want to hear from you -- does your fire department visit local classrooms during Fire Prevention Week? Comment below or e-mail us a photo so we can share with others on this blog.

PancakesFire crews will put the flames to the griddle as firefighters union Local 3355 and the South County Fire Authority host annual pancake breakfasts at Tracy and Mountain House fire stations in early October during National Fire Prevention Week.

According to a report in the Tracy Press, the batter gets cooking first with the 39th annual pancake breakfast at Tracy fire Station 91 on Oct. 6, a Saturday. Early risers can have their pancakes as the sun rises, as the breakfast starts at 6 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m.

“The breakfast is one of our primary fundraisers of the year,” said Clarke Caldwell, a Tracy firefighter-medic. “It is part of Fire Prevention Week, and part of the breakfast is to get the fire prevention tips out to the community.”

Organizers expect close to 1,200 people to sit down for a breakfast of pancakes and sausage, along with juice or coffee.

We want to hear from you -- has your department or community hosted a breakfast to help with your funding efforts? If so, tell us about it. Even better - e-mail us a photo so we can post it on this blog for everyone to see!

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Sparky the Fire Dog® rolled into a Detroit neighborhood last week to make the inaugral pizza delivery for this year's NFPA and Domino's Pizza partnership.Domino’s, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is
teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and
Sparky the Fire Dog for the fifth consecutive year to deliver fire
safety messages to homes across the nation.

During Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13, participating markets in the
U.S. will be delivering important fire safety messages on top of pizza
boxes featuring Sparky the Fire Dog. The messages support the theme for
the [Fire Prevention Week campaign |]:  “Have Two Ways Out!”

In addition, customers who order from participating Domino’s Pizza
stores throughout the U.S. in October may be surprised when their
delivery arrives aboard a fire engine. If all the smoke alarms in the
home are working, the pizza is free. If a smoke alarm is not working,
the firefighters will replace the batteries or install a fully
functioning fire safety device in the home.

Domino’s delivers one million pizzas a day worldwide, so they reach a
lot of people in their homes, where fire safety begins.

With more than 90 percent of structure fire deaths  attributed to home
fires, the Domino’s effort gets NFPA’s safety tips
delivered right to people in their homes on top of pizza boxes.


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