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Are you an artist between the ages of 6 - 18 or know someone who is? If so, then you don't want to miss out on NFPA's Firewise calendar contest. Enter your "hottest" artwork on the theme of "Wildfire Preparedness:  Living Compatibly with Nature" for publication in our 2015 Firewise calendar, and have an opportunity to win an Amazon gift card!

The contest began March 19. Deadline for submissions is June 2, 2014. Calendar 4

Here's what you need to do to be a part of the contest:

  • With your parent or guardian, read the Contest Rules and download the Entry Form
  • Create a drawing showing a wildfire or an activity, event or project that highlights wildland fire safety or something that helps keep wildland firefighters safer.
  • An entry must be either the original drawing on a 12” x 18” white poster board or sturdy construction paper, mailed flat and labeled on the back with the Participant’s first name and last initial.
  • Don’t like to draw? Create an original artwork on the wildfire theme and take a really good photograph of it. The photograph of the original drawing or other original artwork should be in .jpeg or .tif format of at least 300 dpi and at least 1 megabyte in size in portrait or landscape format. Put the photograph on a CD labeled with the Participant’s first name and last initial. 
  • Fill out the Entry Form and follow the Contest Rules to send your drawing or photograph to the folks at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) so they receive it by June 2, 2014.
  • Find out who won a spot in the calendar and a $25 Amazon gift card by checking on aound June 13, 2014. And of course, NFPA will tell you if you are a winner!

Read the complete rules for the contest.

Start today! We can't wait to see all of the great work you do!

As you dive into your spring cleaning, keep fire safety in mind. Take a few minutes to read through NFPA's tips on taking care of your smoke alarms and cleaning your clothes dryer to prevent fires. Our new tip sheet walks you through what you need to know to protect your family from a 9-volt battery fire.

Get the kids involved and print out our Spring Safety Hunt activity.


The NFPA has recently released two fun and exciting music videos for kids featuring Public Broadcasting System (PBS) personality Steve Rosnolek of “SteveSongs” fame and the top-ranked Seattle children’s band, Recess Monkey. The videos, which focus on the importance of smoke alarms, are currently available on its Sparky School House website. The videos, “Little Rosalie” and “What’s That Sound?”, teach young children the importance of fire safety and help children remember what they should do in the event of a fire.

To learn more about these new music videos, check out the full press release here!




Music videos for kids

Bug Box

Sparky's Parent Page has a great new activity for you and your kids just in time for Spring's arrival! To make the perfect Bug Box that can be taken along on any bug hunt, follow the simple steps in the diagram above using the suggested list of needed items and have a blast. Make sure to stay away from bumble bees...ouch!

March safetyThe March issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find; 

  • New 9-volt battery safety tip sheet
  • Free Sparky the Fire Dog bookplates
  • Celebrate Sparky's birthday 
  • Addressing the behavior behind the problem through Remembering When
  • NFPA national anthem singer contest
  • Play the Remembering When trivia game

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!|border=0|src=|alt=Fire Department Plaque|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Fire Department Plaque|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a5117ce21d970c img-responsive!The Chambersburg Fire Department, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, is the winner of the 2014 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. The $5,000 Grant will support the department’s campaign, “The Smoke Alarm is Sounding: Know What to Do.” During a smoke alarm installation program in 2013, the fire department conducted a survey that showed that most families didn’t have a home escape plan.

As part of the campaign, the department will present a lesson on escape planning to children, their parents, and older adults. The lesson will conclude with a fire drill designed to allow participants to practice what they learned in a controlled environment. The final step will be the installation of smoke alarms for any participant who doesn’t have adequate coverage.

The program will be evaluated through surveys, comparisons of fire response data during a five-year span, and information on individuals reached and the number of smoke alarms installed.

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Smoke alarms are important: having children play an active role


!|border=0|src=|alt=Hoffmann headhshot|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Hoffmann headhshot|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fccc1d4e970b img-responsive!Samantha Hoffman, public fire and life safety officer for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, Barrie, Ontario, has been named the 2014 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year.


Hoffmann has been using NFPA educational materials since 1989. She began her fire safety career as the Fire Marshal and Emergency Planning Coordinator for the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, introducing the Learn Not to Burn Preschool Program to the young patients.


More recently, after joining Barrie Fire and Emergency Service she took Learn Not to Burn to new heights through a partnership she developed with the TVO Kids television program, seen by thousands of children every day. Hoffmann is a frequent guest and helps create programming. She launched the “Push the Button” campaign to encourage children and their parents to test their smoke alarms and has helped develop videos and online safety games. Hoffmann reaches out to older adults through an acting troupe, using Remembering When messaging to deliver fire safety in a fun atmosphere.

Her fire chief says her passion for public education comes from a genuine love of people and a desire to help.

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!An innovator in public education is chosen Educator of the Year

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Applications are now available for NFPA's Educator of the Year Award


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Methuen Fire


In Massachusetts last month, two separate fires took the lives of two couples in their late 70s to 80s and authorities do not believe that smoke alarms were working in either instance. In the more recent fire, in Methuen, firefighters could not get to the couple until they beat back the flames and by then it was too late. Neighbors had to be evacuated for hours while firefighters battled the blaze.


NFPA’s Get Ahead of Winter Freeze tip sheet includes a box to be checked off if smoke alarms in the home have been tested to make sure they’re working.  A reminder is included, stating that smoke alarms need to be in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home. The tip sheet is but one of many fire safety tools provided as part of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign sponsored by NFPA and the United States Fire Administration to promote fire safety during the winter months.


!|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

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