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Power up and get well soon

Posted by amylebeau Employee Aug 28, 2013

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Working on Sparky the Fire Dog web projects are always a lot of fun. Our Sparky eCards are by far one of the best. Check out our latest "Get Well Soon" eCard. The card appeals to kids, both big and small. Every time we get a new one I say it is my favorite, but this time I mean it.

Let me know what you think. If you don't know anyone that is under the weather, there are plenty of cards to choose from. We will be launching a new card for Fire Prevention Week in the next few weeks so visit us again.

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For years my nephew, Julian, had been asking my sister and brother-in-law for a puppy. Last year the family adopted Jackey, a Miniature Schnauzer.

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But Jackey has some less than charming attributes as well. She has an uncanny ability to hop onto the kitchen table and consume whatever’s in sight without anyone realizing that she’s even in the room. Hot dogs have gone missing with the buns left untouched, yogurt cups have been licked clean to a polish, and gourmet chicken dinners have made their way to her discerning palate.


While “The Adventures of Jackey” provide fodder for lively parlor room banter, they also remind us that pets can get into all kinds of trouble around the house, which can put everyone in danger. have been known to start fires because of candles left unattended.’ve jumped onto stove tops while food is being prepared. They’ve knocked over outdoor grills with

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While Jackey has confined her mischief to the kitchen table, my sister and her family know to keep a close eye on her and adhere to fire safety rules.

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Remember fire safety while spring cleaning

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Read the new issue of NFPA's public education newsletter

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Unattended cooking fire reminds us about FPW and kitchen fire safety

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!August issue of Safety Source newsletter

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Keep an eye on what you fry; a fire safety lesson for everyone

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Protect the ones you love with fire safety reminders

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Fire safety messages committee meets

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!College campus fire safety on-campus and off-campus

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St. Clair Shores
Here’s another reason to rally behind our 2013 Fire Prevention Week theme “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” The St. Clair Shores (MI) Fire Departmentresponded to a kitchen fire on Monday, August 26th. The fire was started by unattended cooking. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires. Let’s get to work and spread the 2013 Fire Prevention message.

NFPA public education division is here to help you plan your campaign. Feel free to contact us for any support you need. 

FPW13200x200There are only 42 more days until Fire Prevention Week. What does your community have planned? Will you be holding an open house at the fire station and plan to use our learning stations? Will you set up an exhibit with a laptop and Wi-Fi access at a local store and have visitors take the on-line Fire Prevention Week Quiz? Have you identified immigrant populations as your target audience for FPW and plan to utilize our easy-to-read fire safety education flyers in various languages? Do you plan to conduct a kids cooking lesson using our recipes for kids? NFPA has everything you need for your Fire Prevention Week activities.

Enhance your outreach with our awesome FPW materials created just for you. It’s time to display the FPW banner at your fire stations, distribute the FPW posters throughout the community and be sure to have plenty of brochures, coloring books and magnets.

Let us know what great activities you have planned for Fire Prevention Week 2013.

P.S. Here are some more of NFPA’s Dr. John Hall’s songs with a cooking twist. English Muffins and Irish Stew by Sylvia Syms, Saturday Night Fish Fry by Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five, Hambone by Red Saunders & His Orchestra, Candy and Cake by Evelyn Knight and Southern Fried by Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra, Mama Don’t Want No Peas an’ Rice an’ Coconut Oil by Count Basie & His Orchestra, Jambalaya by Hank Williams and Shortenin’ Bread by the Andrew Sisters are on John’s list. Can you add to the NFPA Song Challenge?

Dick Van DykeThe recent vehicle fire experienced by Dick Van Dyke has brought attention to some of the great fire safety public service ads he did for NFPA back in the late 1980s. MSN is featuring NFPA’s “Crawl Low Under Smoke” public service ad (psa) starring Dick Van Dyke. While the message has been updated to “get low and go under smoke”, the old psa is still entertaining and gets the message across. Do you remember any of the other ads NFPA created with Dick Van Dyke?


In reviewing the NFPA clothes dryer safety tips sheet recently, I was reminded that some years ago–before I joined the Public Education Division of NFPA, of course–I failed time and again to follow the tip that says, “Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry.” I was renting a room from my sister’s mother-in-law, Ann, and unfamiliar with the location of the lint filter on her dryer. The filter was at the back of the machine; I was used to the filter being in the front, along the lip of the rotating drum.  As a result, I’d forget to check it.


It took a few stern admonitions from Ann for me to form better habits when it came to her clothes dryer. Checking the lint filter is one of many tips that can prevent a clothes dryer fire. View our clothes dryer and washing machine safety information, and all of our tips sheets.

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!NFPA offers new hotel and motel safety tips video

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Read the new issue of NFPA's public education newsletter

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Actor and funnyman Dick Van Dyke, who was at one point NFPA's voice of Sparky in a series of NFPA public service announcements, was rescued from a burning vehicle this week.

According to NBC News, the 87-year-old actor was driving on the 101 freeway near Los Angeles when his white Jaguar burst into flames. Drivers immediately called 911 and another pulled him from the burning car after seeing the actor slumped over the steering wheel. Fortunately, Van Dyke did not suffer any injuries from the incident.


Automobile fires, according to NFPA statistics, account for about 10 percent of reported U.S. fires. NFPA has also a tip sheet highlighting car fire safety.

In typical Van Dyke fashion, the actor made light of the situation by placing a photo of the wrecked vehicle on Twitter with the caption: "Used Jag for sale REAL CHEAP!!" Watch the Vine video of the incident's aftermath below.

Glad to hear you're OK, and still have that sense of humor, Dick.

Sparky's cool to doAs summer is winding down and I see my teacher friends sharing pictures of their classrooms as they prepare for all the students, I reminisce about the preparation and anticipation of the beginning of the school year.  Students and teachers everywhere are buzzing around in preparation of back to school time. 

Sparky’s new cool to do on is an easy way to make a perfect Pencil Pouch for all those pencils you’re going to need.  Check out Sparky’s plastic fantastic pencil pouch!

Check out the August issue of NFPA's public education newsletter, Safety Source. Get everything you need for back-to-school safety and fun in this month's issue. Off-campus fire safety checklist; Duct tape craft and smoke  alarms; Fire safety for older adults; Test your safety smarts with FPW  Quiz and more.

If you aren't signed up for Safety Source, don't miss another issue. Sign up today. The newsletter has something for everyone; classroom teachers, the fire service, families, consumers and businesses!


If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away.
Watch this new lightning safety tips video, and read all of NFPA's lightning safety tips, and our other safety tips sheets.


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Want to participate?


**Fire departments and Domino&#39;s franchisees; for more information and instructions on how to execute the program in your town,&#0160;download the step-by-step toolkit. Fire service, please note that each Domino&#39;s Pizza store is independently owned and operated. Domino&#39;s Pizza Public Relations Team is happy to reach out to your local franchise owner on your behalf, but please be aware that program participation is up to the discretion of the store owner.</p>

Fire Departments interested in signing up to participate in the 2013 Domino’s Fire Prevention Week Program can&#0160;download the form, and submit to&#0160;[Jeanette Conklin |]&#0160;at Domino’s. Departments that sign up between August 14 and August 28 will be entered into Domino’s Fire Safety Sign up Giveaway for a chance to win a Fire Prevention Week in a Box.&#0160;Read official rules for details.


Easy Bake Oven Turns 50!

Posted by judycomoletti Employee Aug 12, 2013

Easy-bake-by-toyandtraindotcomHappy 50th anniversary to the Easy Bake Oven! The oven was introduced in 1963 and provided kids hours of fun baking cakes in the turquoise or yellow oven. Water was added to a cake mix and put in an aluminum cake pan. The pan was placed in a slot at one end of the oven and when it was baked, out the other end.  Two 100 watt light bulbs provided the heat source for this toy. Originally manufactured by Kenner, the oven is still available today through Hasbro. Although it has been redesigned to look more like a microwave and more gender friendly colors, it still provides kids the opportunity to learn about baking. Hasbro has taken baking to the digital age with Easy Bake Ultimate Oven on-line tips, how to bake videos and apps!

While supervision is required when children are using this toy, it provides an opportunity to teach safe cooking behaviors. Some of the messages a parent can teach include stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove, stay 3 feet away from the stove, keep things that can burn away from the stove and keep the stove clean. A bonus message could even reinforce the importance of cleaning up after you cook, wash your pans and even store your Easy Bake Oven out of the way of family traffic.

Fire Prevention Week 2013 focuses on “Prevent Kitchen Fires”. You’ll find helpful cooking safety guidelines for kids in the kitchen as young as age 3 and into the teen years. We even have fun recipes for kids. If you have a child who has an Easy Bake Ultimate Oven, try making a Fire Prevention Week cake, decorating it with a cooking message and give the cake and safety message to someone you would like to remind to be fire safety in the kitchen. Even in play, there is always a teaching opportunity.

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NFPA now offers a quick link &#0160;to presentations made at the
2013 NFPA Conference in Chicago. Presentations are organized by tracks and are in chronological order according to the date and time they took place. Whether you missed a presentation, want a recap of what took place, need to review some
of the handouts, or need a summary of a session, the quick link, , is a handy tool to get you to the information you need within seconds. Another option is to purchase a recording from the onsite conference audio recording company .

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40 Cups of CoffeeMany of you have responded to the “Join the NFPA Song Challenge.” Paul Hansen submitted “Blaze of Glory” by Bon Jovi, “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis and “Fire” by Arthur Brown. Vaughn Driscoll added “Fire” by the Ohio Players. Rachel Abram added “Fire Burning” by Sean Kingston and “Pat-a-Cake” the Mother Goose nursery rhyme.

Here are some more from NFPA’s Dr. John Hall – “Jambalaya” (on the Bayou) by Fats Domino, “Blackstrap Molasses” by Danny Kaye, Jimmy Durante, Groucho Marx and Jane Wyman (the youtube video says Ella Fitzgerald, but it is Jane Wyman), and "40 Cups of Coffee" by Ella Mae Morse.

It’s Fire Prevention Week and NFPA is encouraging everyone to support “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” It’s time to purchase your supply of coloring books and crayons to hand out at your open house or donate to a school. Don’t delay; get your order in today.

Now let’s keep the song challenge going. Dr. John Hall has given me lots of songs to share this Fire Prevention Week.

off campus fire safety checklistFire Prevention Week (FPW) is fast approaching but across the country, students are going off to college and moving into residence halls, dorms, off-campus housing, sororities and fraternities. For many of these students, it will be the first time they will be on their own, but with this independence, comes responsibility. It is important students realize they are now responsible for their own safety. The last fire safety education they may have had was back in grade school, but both on-campus and off-campus students should understand the risks of fire and know the preventive measures that could save their lives.

Educating students on what they can do to stay safe during the school year is important and often overlooked. College students living away from home should take a few minutes to make sure they are living in a fire-safe environment with our easy-to-read tip sheet on college campus safety.  For those living off-campus, our new off-campus safety checklist is a must have on moving day.  

How do you reach out to the colleges in your community?  We’d love to hear from you.


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mobile version of our popular Sparky
the Fire

Dog website! The Sparky
the Fire Dog mobile site
, which is accessible on smart

phones and tablets, features kid-friendly short stories, comics, and an

interactive section about fire trucks.

The goal of the new mobile site is to provide
parents with tool they can use to let children explore and  learn about fire safety on the go with the
comfort of knowing the site is ad-free and age-appropriate.

The mobile site will also include a free deluxe interactive
storybook app for ages 3-7, and a free downloadable e-book for ages 7-10 later
this year.

To learn more about the new Sparky mobile site,
check out the official
news release
. You can also access the mobile site
through your smart phone or tablet or by going to [ |]. 

Fire Prevention Week is right around the corner and fire departments are busy getting ready. With  budgets being cut, fundraising is more important than ever. This great idea came from the Surry Volunteer Fire Department in Maine. The fire department is holding a contest for kids to name their stuffed fire bear. Once named, the bears will be sold to raise funds for Fire Prevention Week.

Looking for ideas to support your Fire Prevention Week efforts? Check out Sparky's Wishlist. Have a great fundraising idea to share with other fire departments? Let us know. We love to hear about the great things departments are doing in their communities.



Portable medical oxygen in the home has grown over the past decade. Medical oxygen adds a higher percentage of oxygen to the air a patient uses to breathe. When more oxygen is present, any fire that starts will burn hotter and faster than usual.

Download our medical oxygen safety tip sheet and see all of our safety tip sheets.

High risk groupsSince 2003, the Springfield, Massachusetts, Fire Department has seen the dramatic effects of budget cuts: more than 50 firefighters have lost their jobs, and a fire station and two companies have shuttered their doors. At the same time, the community's budding immigrant population has generated a large number of fire calls, most of which have been the result of unsafe cooking practices.

Since the fire department lacked funding to educate this group, it took action. NFPA Journal columnist Lisa Braxton explains how NFPA's Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant helped the department create a new safety initiative. "We needed a way to communicate with [the immigrant groups] effectively about fire prevention," Springfield's Fire Marshal David Rivera tells Braxton.

Learn about Springfield's new fire safety initiative and the Jensen grant in the July/August issue of NFPA Journal.

2013 FPW quiz
The 2013 Fire Prevention Week theme is "Prevent Kitchen Fires." As a fun way to learn all about kitchen fire safety and preventing kitchen fires, we have developed a short trivia quiz for our website. with this trivia quiz. Take the quiz on our website and afterwards, continue to click through to see what the correct answers were to any you may have answered incorrectly. Also, be sure to share your results on Facebook and Twitter.

Take the Fire Prevention Week quiz now!

For further educational material and tip sheets on preventing kitchen fires, especially since more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home—and about how people can keep cooking fires from starting in the first place, visit the Fire Prevention Week website.

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