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Sparky “blasted” off two bucket list items after visiting NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and experiencing Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Sparky got to explore NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA’s launch center, astronaut hall of fame and museum where you can explore Space Shuttle Atlantis! Then, Sparky headed to Alabama to have fun at Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Space Camp launched in 1982 to inspire and motivate young people from around the country to join the ranks of space pioneers who persevere to push the boundaries of human exploration. Trainee alumni have gone on to become astronauts, engineers and scientists! 

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

NFPA recently participated in the U.S. Senate Office of the Sergeant at Arms 10th Annual

National Preparedness Month Fair, designed to educate Senate staff on the importance of emergency
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The NFPA table featured Fire Prevention Week materials including the adult brochure, the Fire Safety on the Job brochure, the Fire Prevention Week stickers and the activity poster. NFPA’s toolkit: Get Ready! Preparing Your Community for a Disaster, includes everything needed for a presentation coinciding with National Preparedness Month or at any other time of the year, to teach residents what to do in the face of a disaster.

 

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As Fire Prevention Week fast approaches, it's nice to take a moment to reflect on how this commemoration came to be the longest running health and safety observance on record, and a conversation had on-air with a Northern Michigan radio host recently provided the perfect opportunity to take a look at the event that kicked (no, not literally) things off in 1871. 

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Learn more about the conflagration that set Fire Prevention Week into motion through the Lessons From History video - The Great Chicago Fire, and then find out how this famous conflagration has led us right up to our modern day theme by tuning in to the September Christal Frost radio show.

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Sparky didn’t have to travel too far (NFPA Lounge) in checking off another accomplishment for his bucket list by completing an entire crossword puzzle! Sparky did enjoy his time reading the clues, figuring out answers and either writing them vertically or horizontally. Crossword puzzles can be tricky, and so completing one can create a huge sense of pride. Sparky promises he didn’t even get any help finishing this one up!

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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In Smithfield, Rhode Island, Sparky the Fire Dog® couldn’t wait to begin making the rounds for Fire Prevention Week(FPW), so he’s already kicked off his school visits. He’s pictured above with preschoolers at Greenville Nursery School. As he teaches kids about fire safety and shares with them this year’s theme: Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” his friends at the Smithfield Fire Department will assist in handing out copies of FPW News, as well as Sparky’s Activity Book and other items.

 

Residents and visitors of Smithfield will get regular reminders of the theme and its important message as they view FPW banners around town and are handed copies of the FPW brochure.

 

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The Tulsa Fire Department in Oklahoma has earned a reputation for designing
attention-getting public education exhibits for community events. In fact, the department has

won the most Educational Booth Awards at the Tulsa State Fair. A key ingredient of this

achievement is the inclusion of NFPA educational materials and particularly Fire Prevention Week

items, said Tulsa Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshal Tom Hufford.

 

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professional and eye-catching.” Hufford said the Fire Prevention Week Banner and Sparky® Fire Hats  are among the items that will be on display at the state fair in October and other events during Fire  Prevention Week. “We use all of the safety materials all year long at hundreds of health and safety

events,” he added. “I can be sure NFPA has the most up-to-date and correct safety information.”

 

 

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sept.JPGThe September issue Safety Source. NFPA's public education newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find:

  • A video starring Sparky the Fire Dog that takes the fuss out of shopping for Fire Prevention Week 'must haves'
  • Lessons learned on fire and life safety from the cannabis capital of the world
  • The most up-to-date NFPA educational messaging featuring modified messaging around sleeping with the door closed
  • Tips on how you can be prepared for the unexpected when you're in public

 

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For close to a decade, the Greenwood Fire Department, of Greenwood, Arkansas, has been purchasing Fire Prevention Week products for a successful campaign. “NFPA always has the most comprehensive and well-organized fire prevention program on the market,” said Greenwood Fire Department Chief Stewart Bryan. “We buy additional Sparky the Fire Dog® products to complete the fire prevention program.”

 

As in years past, the Greenwood Fire Department has purchased Fire Prevention Week in a Box, which provides the materials needed for the grade school fire prevention week program. “NFPA materials stay relevant over time,” he added.

 

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With NFPA headquartered in Quincy, MA – the Red Sox are technically Sparky’s home team. Between that and it’s iconic status as a ball park that can’t be missed, Sparky visited Fenway Park and saw the Green Monster as part of his birthday bucket list. Fenway Park is the official home for the Boston Red Sox, and originally opened in 1912. The Green Monster stands 37 feet 2 inches looking over leftfield with 264 seats available for people to sit. Sparky would like to thank Massachusetts Fire Services and Peter J. Ostroskey, State Fire Marshal for setting up this trip. 

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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NFPA’s educational messaging has been updated. The NFPA Educational Messages 2016 Edition Desk Reference is now available. The Desk Reference provides fire and life safety educators with accurate and consistent language for use when providing safety information to the public.

 

The 2016 Edition includes modified messaging around sleeping with the door closed, and additional messaging about carbon monoxide alarms, and fireplace safety. For ease of use, the document’s table of contents includes links to quickly get to the topic or section desired.

 

The educational Messages Advisory Committee meeting periodically to review NFPA's fire and burn safety

education messages and provide recommendations to NFPA public education staff for updating and revising

the messages.

 

 

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The Angleton Volunteer Fire Department, of Angleton, Texas, orders Fire Prevention Week  in a Box because it provides an efficient way to get the bulk of supplies needed while leaving  ample time for planning Fire Prevention Week (FPW) events.

 

“We will break down all of the materials to ensure that each child has fun activities to take home Coloring Book Set.png

and share with the family,” said Captain Karl Gingrich. “The remaining items will be kept in our fire trucks to pass out at other events, such as Texas Night Out, Christmas on the Square, spring  events. For us, FPW doesn’t end in October.”

 

This is the third year that the department has used FPW products. “The material is consistent,” he said.  “What we use from NFPA is on the same line of what the kids already see and learn in school. Kids are able to relate to the materials.”

 

Captain Gingrich said that in addition to FPW in a Box, the department orders 800 Sparky® Fire Hats

and Sparky Crayons and coloring books to round out what’s needed for a successful campaign.

 

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This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms
Every 10 Years” is getting billboard-size attention–literally. Carroll Advertising is sharing the theme on

billboards in several Massachusetts communities. As a result, tens of thousands of motorists get to see the
important message daily. In addition, on Thursday night, more than 50,000 fans on their way to the New

England Patriots game will get a “heads up” on the Fire Prevention Week theme.

 

There are many ways to promote Fire Prevention Week through community partnerships and participation.

The NFPA website provides ideas for social media messaging, partnerships with local Domino’s restaurants, a press release, a mayoral proclamation, and fundraising, which can enable fire departments to acquire Fire Prevention Week "must-haves."

 

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The ninth annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day is being observed Thursday, September 22nd,
the first day of fall. The event helps raise awareness on how to prevent fall-related
injuries among older adults. This year’s theme is “Ready, Steady, Balance:
Prevent Falls in 2016.”

 

NFPA’s Remembering When™ is a ready-to-use tool for conducting presentations on

both falls and fire prevention among older adults. It is centered around 16 key
safety messages–eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention. The program was

designed to be implemented by a coalition comprising the local fire department, service

clubs, social and religious organizations, retirement communities, and others.

 

The program book, as well as the fire prevention message cards and the fall prevention
message cards
provide ease for preparing a presentation. Trivia questions and a promotional

poster are included in the group presentation materials. A home safety checklist and smoke

alarm installation waiver are great tools to use when making visits to residents’ homes.

 

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Sparky took a trip to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall that’s pays tribute to the brave people who were either killed or missing in action during the war. The real Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is located in Washington, D.C. If you can’t make it to D.C. though – like Sparky, you can see the mobile Veterans Memorial Moving Wall. The mobile moving wall has traveled across the country for over thirty years.

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

A four-alarm fire in August that ripped through a house in the Allston neighborhood of Boston

is a timely reminder of the importance of fire safety, says Boston Fire Department spokesperson

Steve MacDonald.  According to BU Today, the news and information website of Boston University,

MacDonald inspected the building after the fire, and says he didn’t see the number of smoke alarms

required by the city.  He urges all students living in, or moving into, an apartment to report anything

that looks unsafe by calling the mayor’s hotline.

 

While no one was injured in last month’s blaze, it left 11 residents homeless. Boston has a tragic history

of fires in off-campus student housing.

 

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building officials, and campus fire safety advocates on a campaign focusing on the importance of having working smoke alarms and two ways out called "Best Roomates

Evah!" The campaign made its debut at an event at the Massachusetts state house last month when Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito declared September Campus Fire Safety Month.

 

Messages about the campaign have been posted on Massachusetts highways. The campaign focuses on

two aspects of fire safety relating to off-campus housing–the importance of  having working smoke alarms

and having two ways out of the house.

 

In addition, NFPA has put together an online quiz/sweepstakes called “What Kind of Cook Are You in the Kitchen?” designed to raise awareness about the dangers of cooking fires among college-age students.

 

 

 

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Unless you are still one of the rare exceptions to the rule, having no Facebook page, and maybe even still using a flip-phone, you have not escaped being "challenged" to do something within 24 hours for a good cause.  Whether it was helping ALS, your marriage, your friendships, or even being witness to the extremely dangerous "fire challenge" that plagued our virtual worlds for a short time, we are all familiar with the concept of the "challenge".

 

Over the weekend, one of my FB buddies took a moment to re-post a memory from a few years ago and before I knew it, I was wrangled into yet another challenge.  But this one, in my opinion, is worth passing along! The "Smoke Alarm Challenge" asks that you take the time to test your smoke alarms, and most importantly post it and challenge a few of your 1000 closest FB friends.  Freshen it up this year by also challenging your friends to check the date on their smoke alarms or by using the NFPA Fire Prevention Week infographic!

 

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This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”

 

Pass it along.  Let's go viral!

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An infographic can help simplify a subject matter or turn a campaign or program
into a captivating experience.  The infographics provided in this year’s Fire Prevention
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campaign meet both tasks.

 

Reach a broad audience and keep them interested in this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years"–by using the infographic on your website, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms.

 

In addition to English, the infographic is now also available in French.

 

 

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September is National Preparedness Month, which reminds us that we all must take action to
prepare–now and throughout the year–for the types of emergencies that could affect us where

we live, work and visit. Each week of September has a theme. This week’s theme, “Individual

Preparedness,” focuses on the actions individuals can take to be prepared for emergencies,

including being aware of specific needs they may have in an emergency, and considering

individuals with disabilities or access and functional needs.

 

NFPA’s community toolkit, Get Ready! Preparing Your Community for a Disaster, includes

emergency preparedness handouts for older adults and people with disabilities. It also
includes an emergency supplies kit handout that is a check-off list of items needed in the event

of a disaster. All of these materials are available in English and Spanish.

 

The Get Ready! Toolkit provides a library of material on emergency preparedness firefighters
and other first responders can use to reach out to members of the community. Individuals can

access these items as well.

 

 

 

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A Jonesboro, Arkansas, man says he is alive, thanks to his smoke alarm. According to KTRE-TV, Clarence Hunter said that he was at the stove cooking Tuesday and stepped away for a few seconds. He said when

his smoke alarm sounded, he realized that the kitchen was in flames.

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He got out of the home with no injuries. “I’m so grateful and humbled,” he said. “I feel so small  because the fire was just so big. A smoke alarm can give you more life to live.”

 

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” highlights the basic, but essential elements of smoke alarm safety. NFPA’s  “must have” items provide everything needed to present the public with this life-saving information at open houses, community gatherings, in classrooms, and at other venues.

 

“A smoke [alarm] is yet a tool to help save lives and without that tool in your tool cabinet, you may not wake up in the morning if you have a fire,” said Jonesboro Fire Department Captain Kevin Prince.

 

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#52 - Legoland.jpgSparky recently visited LegoLand Florida Resort. While he was there Sparky learned that NFPA have been partnering up with LegoLand for several years in support of the first responders. Together NFPA and LegoLand has created awareness of first responders, fire prevention tips and emergency response efforts throughout the year. LegoLand Florida Resort is also offering free admission to the first responders throughout the month of September. 

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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When  Daniel Rakes' name was drawn as the winner of a Fire Prevention Week in a Box at the recent Virginia Regional Remembering When training, the room erupted with responses from the other 70 or-so attendees that made it clear that Daniel was well known for something.  Turns out that he's well known for being the Roanoke Fire Marshal.  And it appears it he also known, now, for his kindness.  Fire Marshal Rakes took to the stage and asked for a show of hands until he identified a representative from the smallest fire department that was in attendance, and then he re-gifted his prize.  And the winner is . . . Martinsville Fire and EMS!

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As summer comes to a close, routines begin to change. Business, social and recreational activities

are moving indoors. It's an important time to remind people entering any public assembly building to be prepared in case of an emergency.

 

The Safety in Places of Public Assembly tip sheet includes pointers on what to do before entering a building, while there, and during an emergency. The tip sheet, which is customizable, and all of NFPA's tip sheets are free on the website.

Three adults and six children died in a South Memphis house fire early Monday morning.

Officials are calling it the city's deadliest fire in nearly a century. According to news reports, firefighters

had to break a security door to get into the home, where they were confronted with heavy smoke.

Most of the windows on the home had bars over then, apparently as  a security measure.

 

But by the time firefighters made their way inside, there was little they could do to save lives. They pulledsecuritybarsafety.jpg

10 people from the house. Three adults and four children were pronounced dead at the scene. The three other children were rushed to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, but two died there. Officials have determined that the home had a working smoke alarm, and that the blaze was sparked by a  malfunctioning power cord to an air-conditioning unit.

 

Memphis Fire Department Director Gina Sweat said it's uncertain if the security bars prevented anyone from

trying to escape out of the windows. While Sweat said the firefighters are trained to quickly remove such bars,

she added that they do create a danger for people trying to escape a fire. She recommended a quick-release

device that can be installed in windows.

 

"According to our records this is the most tragic fire loss of life in a single incident since the 1920s," Sweat

said during a press conference. "The hearts of the men and woman of the department are heavy and deeply

touched from the dispatchers who took the call to the first responders who were on the scene."

 

Members of the fire service making community presentations can utilize NFPA's Security Bar Safety

tip sheet. It provides information on quick-release security bars, which can open easily from the inside.

 

In addition, NFPA's Fire Prevention Week materials and smoke alarm page outline smoke alarm basic, actions

to take when the smoke alarm sounds, and the best location for working smoke alarms.

 

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Early next month, children from more than 200 schools, several fire departments, and
representatives of state and local agencies will converge on Bicentennial Capitol
Mall State Park Plaza in Nashville for the kickoff of Fire Prevention Week.

 

The October 7th event, sponsored by the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office,
will feature Sparky the Fire Dog new and antique fire trucks, fire safetyabc VIDEO.png
demonstrations, and fire safety information. For the event, the State Fire
Marshal’s office purchased Fire Prevention Week in a Box plus Sparky’s ABCs of
Fire Safety DVD Value Pack
. Items will be distributed in Fire Prevention Week goodie bags at a booth displaying educational messaging.

 

“This event is unique in that it brings adults, children, and fire service professionals
from the state and local level together,” says Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s
Office Community Risk Reduction Coordinator Baylie Scott. “We look forward to
continuing a long-standing tradition of starting Fire Prevention Week off with
a bang.”

 

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A series of webinars is being held to highlight the many aspects of this year’s Fire
Prevention Week
campaign. Learn about NFPA resources for Fire Prevention Week
that you can use in your local community. This year’s campaign: “Don’t Wait–Check

the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final
year of NFPA’s three-year effort to educate the public about basic, but essential elements

of smoke alarm safety.

 

Join NFPA’s Regional Education Specialist Kelly Ransdell for the following webinars:

  • September 16th at 10 a.m. EST with the New Hampshire Office of the State Fire
    Marshal
  • September 20th at 2 p.m. CST with the Texas Department of Insurance–Office of
    the State Fire Marshal.
  • September 21st at 10 a.m. CST with the Mississippi Department of
    Insurance–State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Join NFPA’s Regional Education Specialist Meredith Hawes for the following webinar:

The webinars are free.

 

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Sparky was able to meet the newest member of the Fire Safety Dog family Molly. Molly is a living, breathing fire service dog who travels across the U.S. to help teach fire safety to children and adults in efforts to save lives, reduce injuries and fire loss. She is also an honorary Fire Marshal for Little Rock Fire Department!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

If you’ve taken a stroll through New York City’s Times Square, you’ve undoubtedly seen the brightly adorned

billboards and advertisements. They’re hard to miss. If you venture into Times Square between now and

November, among the ads for Broadway shows and tony restaurants you’ll find smoke alarm messaging from

NFPA.

 

The ad includes a fire statistic illustrating the impact of not having smoke alarms in the home and provides a

link for more information. The ad is located at the 1500 Broadway Screen.

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Preschool Program
. NFPA consultant Maria Figueroa (front row, center) provided the training in Mexico City recently.

 

The Preschool Program is designed to reach young children ages 3 to 5 and is available in English and Spanish. The fire and safety skills curriculum is available for different grade levels.

 

The members of Protección Civil, Ciudad de México will now work with school teachers to implement the program.

 

 

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Many of us have fond memories of going to camp when we were kids: swimming, making

crafts, performing skits, sitting around the campfire. Tie dyeing T-shirts was one of my favorite

activities. In Thomasville, North Carolina, it is the adults who will be attending camp and their

activities will have a fire safety theme. They’ll be attending Senior Adult Fire Safety Camp.

 

The Thomasville Fire Department is conducting the camp in partnership with the Piedmont
Crossing Retirement Community. The older adults are being dubbed, “Sparky’s® All Stars.”

 

From October 5-24 the All Stars will meet once a week. They will attend presentations that
will include the Remembering When™ fire and fall safety program for older adults, safety tip sheets,

the Prevent Fire in Your Home booklet,  the Fire Prevention Week Adult Brochure, Fire Prevention

Week magnets, and Fire Prevention Week News.

 

Take-home items will be placed in Sparky’s Team Up for Fire Safety Drawstring Sports Bag. The camp will conclude with a graduation ceremony featuring a Sparky’s 65th birthday themed  cake and ice cream.

 

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In honor of Campus Fire Safety Month in September, a group of Massachusetts fire officials that have colleges in their communities, along with state building officials, college safety officials and campus fire safety advocates, developed a statewide public awareness campaign called, “Best Roommates Evah!”, which focuses on the importance of having working smoke alarms and having two ways out of the house. (The lack of alarms and a means to get out of the house safely were factors in the tragic deaths of five students in Massachusetts off-campus housing fires in the past 10 years.)

 

While the campaign originated in Massachusetts, this fire safety message is an important one and can be translated to every college campus around the country.

 

To complement the campaign and to help promote fire safety in on- and off-campus housing nationwide, a new PSA was created and can be easily downloaded and shared. It features fire fighters from Boston Fire Department Engine 41 and Ladder 14 who responded to the 2013 fire that claimed the life of college senior Binland Lee, and highlights the “roomies” noted in the campaign.

 

Share the PSA this September (and year-round!) in honor of Campus Fire Safety Month and learn more about the campaign by visiting www.BestRoommatesEvah.org.

 

September is National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder that we all must take
action to prepare–now and throughout the year–for the types of emergencies that could affect us

where we live, work and visit. Each week of September has a theme. This week’s theme, “Preparing

through Service,” celebrates first responders.

 

NFPA provides materials highlighting the important role first responders play in the community. The

music  video, “Firefighters Are On their Way” at Sparky School House is about the job of firefighters

and the role they play as community helpers. The Sparky the Fire Dog® flag coloring sheet is a great

tool for teaching children about the job that first responders do to keep communities safe.

 

NFPA’s toolkit, Get Ready! Preparing Your Community for a Disaster, also provides materials the fire service and other first responders can use for

making presentations to their communities about emergency preparedness, including a presenter’s guide, PowerPoint presentation and poster to promote the training.

 

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Sparky traveled to Montana to visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield. Located in southeastern Montana, the Little Bighorn Battlefield memorializes the battle between the United States seventh Cavalry Regiment and the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians. An Indian Memorial was dedicated here in 2003. It was built to honor all of the tribes defending their way of life at the Battle. Tour buses and self-guiding tours are also provided to experience the battlefield yourself.

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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Promoting Fire Prevention Week in your community just got easier with the addition of FPW
logos in Spanish. The logos come in print and web formats, and may be increased

or decreased proportionally. The campaign logo page on the NFPA website provides

guidelines for using the logos. The additional logos allow a broader audience to be reached

with the important campaign message: Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms

Every 10 Years.

 

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Sparky embarks on taking a hot air balloon ride, in the shape of a giant sun. Hot air balloons are made up of three different main parts. First being the balloon fabric itself, which is also called an envelope it holds the air. The second part is the burner that heats up the inside of the balloon. Lastly the third main part is the basket where Sparky and the pilot were able to stand. 

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

If you ask Lt. David Sawyer, Columbus Division of Fire, which Fire Prevention Week product
is most popular with his department, without hesitation he says that it’s Sparky’s® Coloring Book. “Kids love it,” he says. “Historically we’ve ordered 10,000. The front page, the graphics, that’s what attracts kids to it. Other
coloring books we’ve given them weren’t as visually appealing.”

 

Sparky's Coloring Book.pngThe public outreach officer says that within a month, his department can give out 5,000 coloring books. He says they are a great supplement to all of the items included in Fire Prevention Week in a Box. “I’ve ordered five this year,” he says. He added that the battalions divide the materials among the fire stations, providing plenty of giveaways for both kids and adults.

 

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September is National Preparedness Month, which serves as a reminder that we all must

take action to prepare–now and throughout the year–for the types of emergencies that
could affect us where we live, work and visit. Each week of September has a theme. This

week’s theme, “Preparing Family and Friends,” focuses on making a family emergency

communication plan.

 

NFPA’s community toolkit, Get Ready! Preparing Your Community for a Disaster, provides

material for reaching out to members of the community, including handouts families can use

to get prepared. 

 

The emergency plan cards are forms family members can fill out with their emergency contact
information. The emergency plan form helps families plan how they will contact each other if

they are not together during an emergency and provides a review of what to do in an emergency.

 

The emergency supplies kit is a check-off list of items needed in the event of a disaster. It also offers suggestions for helping children create their own personal pack checklist. All of these items
are free and available in English and Spanish.

 

The Get Ready! Toolkit also provides materials the fire service and first responders need to make

presentations to their communities, including a presenter’s guide, PowerPoint presentation and poster

to promote the training.

 

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To help address college fire safety in housing on- and off-campus across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a group of fire officials that have colleges in their communities along with building officials, college safety officials and campus fire safety advocates have developed a statewide public awareness campaign called, “Best Roommates Evah!”, which focuses on the importance of having working smoke alarms and having two ways out of the house. The lack of alarms and a means to get out of the house safely were factors in the tragic deaths of five students in Massachusetts off-campus housing fires in the past 10 years.

 

To complement the campaign, a new PSA has been created and can be easily downloaded and shared. It features fire fighters from Boston Fire Department Engine 41 and Ladder 14 who responded to the 2013 fire that claimed the life of college senior Binland Lee, and highlights the “roomies” noted in the campaign.

 

Share the PSA this September (and year-round!) in honor of Campus Fire Safety Month and learn more about the campaign by visiting www.BestRoommatesEvah.org.

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Sparky returns to Las Vegas to ride the Las Vegas High Roller facing north and south parallel to Las Vegas Boulevard. The wheel takes 30 minutes to complete one full revolution and features a view of Las Vegas and the Strip. It also has 28 glass enclosed cabins that can hold up to 40 people and includes benches on both sides and plenty of floor space for those who would like to stand to look at the view.

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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In August of 2011, a Michigan teenager and his friend decided to jumped off a dock into West Grand Traverse Bay – despite the no swimming signs posted inside the marina breakwall.  It was a decision that ended tragically with his death by electrocution, and the ripples of horror and grief were felt by the entire community.  Personally I had been stunned upon hearing this news.  My family had boat on that very dock just weeks before.

NFPA has been a part of the effort to bring more awareness to the invisible danger of Electric Shock Drowning (ESD). The recent NFPA Journal article Troubled Water delved into both the potential causes and consequences when marina or onboard electrical systems leak electrical current into the water, and just last month a new NFPA tip sheet was released on the risks of ESD, and Carbon Monoxide poisoning in and around boats.

As Labor Day Weekend approaches, boaters around the country will take to the water to soak up the last days of summer, and Regional Code Specialist Jeff Sargent and I took to the airwaves this week in an effort to share tips on marina and boat safety one more time.  Tune in for the details of that interview and help us spread the word on the safe marina and boat safety practices that every boater should know.

September is Campus Fire Safety Month and this year NFPA and The Center for Campus Fire Safety (The Center) are teaming up to host their second national campaign with an online Campus Fire Safety Quiz & Sweepstakes (Quiz), “What Kind of Cook are You in the Kitchen?.” The interactive quiz raises awareness about the dangers of cooking fires among college-aged students who live in on- and off-campus housing.

 

 

According to a recent NFPA report, the vast majority of fires in fraternities, sororities and other related properties involve cooking equipment, and unattended cooking is the most common cause.

 

The Quiz, available online from September 1 – 30 on The Center’s website, targets students currently enrolled in an institution of higher education. By participating, students will be able to recognize unsafe practices and learn appropriate ways to cook meals that will reduce the risk for injury and damage caused by fire. Students who complete the Quiz will be entered into a sweepstakes where two winners will be randomly selected to receive an American Express gift card.

 

In addition to the Quiz, the campaign also provides a host of resources for students, parents and fire safety educators that focus on the dangers of cooking. These free resources have been designed for sharing via social media, on college websites, and for posting in dorms and on common area bulletin boards, and include:

 

  • Videos
  • Checklists
  • Tips Sheets
  • Infographics and flyers
  • Posters

 

The effort complements two new college fire safety campaigns this year:  the Massachusetts-focused “Best Roommates Evah!” that targets college students who live in on- and off-campus housing throughout the state, and highlights the importance of having working smoke alarms and two ways out of a house in case of a fire emergency; and the "See It Before You Sign It" national campaign that encourages parents to take a more active role in helping their loved ones choose secure, fire-safe housing in apartments or houses that are not on campus.

 

Learn more about the Quiz/Sweepstakes at www.campusfiresafety.org/cooking. Find additional resources for students, parents and fire safety educators at www.nfpa.org/campus and join the college fire safety movement!

Every year the Cleveland Fire Department makes a major purchase of NFPA products to get ready for Fire FPW IN A BOX 2016.pngPrevention Week. This year the department has bought three sets of Fire Prevention Week in a Box, as well as packages of Sparky’s Coloring Book and Sparky’s ABCs of Fire Safety Video.

 

The products are kid friendly,” says Lt. Larry Gray, Cleveland Fire Department. “They keep children’s attention and also supply a message.”

 

Lt. Gray says that you can never spend too much time getting the message across to children and adults about escape planning and fire safety in general. And this year’s theme: “Don’t Wait–Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” is one he says they’ll remember long after Fire Prevention Week concludes.

 

 

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