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Sparky the Fire Dog and his friend, Lt. Antiliano Estrella of the Providence Fire Department, went before the cameras and bright lights of NFPA’s Studio B today. They teamed up to record an important fire safety message for kids. The video clip will be a companion piece to the recently updated Learn Not to Burn® Preschool Program. !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd08c039970b-120wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd08c039970b-120wi|alt=LNTBPreschoolCover|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=LNTBPreschoolCover|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd08c039970b img-responsive! The lesson titled, “Firefighters are Community Helpers,” describes a firefighter’s role in the fire department and community and explains that firefighters wear special gear.


In the video clip, the lesson is put into action. Lt. Estrella demonstrates how he puts on his protective gear piece-by-piece, explaining to kids that while he might look scary, the gear keeps him safe so he can keep them safe. Sparky helps to reinforce the lesson.


The video clip is in production and will be available for download this summer.


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Time and again, real-life news stories show us that working smoke alarms alert people to fire in time to safely escape. But when people have a home fire escape plan in place, the ability to use that time wisely is maximized.

That was the case for a family in Hampshire, England, who experienced a fire in their home on Monday. According to a local news report, the family had working smoke alarms, a pre-planned escape route and closed all of their doors as part of their bedtime routine.

A local fire official credited the family “for being prepared for a fire in their home which may have saved their lives.”

To learn more about smoke alarms and creating a home fire escape plan, read NFPA's smoke alarm safety tips and our home escape planning section.

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