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Sparky traveled to Tupelo, Mississippi to visit the birthplace of Elvis Presley. He was born on January 8, 1935 to his parents Vernon and Gladys Presley. Elvis had a passion for music and often seen carrying a guitar around town with him. In September of 1957 he performed a benefit concert to raise money for a Youth Center and park for Tupelo. The money raised was used to purchase his birthplace and turned into a park for the children. The Elvis Presley Birthplace Park now consists of the, Birthplace, Museum, Chapel, Gift Shop, “Elvis at 13” statue, Fountain of Life, Walk of Life, “Memphis Bound” car feature and Story Wall.


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!

P1020566(1).JPGWhere did the summer go? For most of us, the month of August has just flown by! But here we are approaching Labor Day weekend and NFPA knows that many of you, like us, are getting ready for outdoor parties and lots of grilling!


As the host of the event, you want to make sure your guests are entertained, get plenty of good food to eat and enjoy the company of friends and family, right? Well, why not include fire safety in that list of priorities! Here are five key tips that will never steer you wrong when it comes to proper grill use:


  • Place your grill well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it
  • Never leave your grill unattended!
  • Keep children and pets, and anything that can burn like food wrappers, an oven mitt or towel, at least 3-feet away from open flames and the grill
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill


Want an easier way to remember these tips? Go ahead and download our free checklist and then place it right next to the list of groceries you'll need for the big event. Having the hard copy is a sure way you'll refer to it as you start preparing for your guests to arrive.


And if your Labor Day plans take you away from home, NFPA provides great information on portable grilling including tips and reminders about using charcoal and staying fire safe in places like campgrounds, at tailgating parties and other outdoor venues.


So wherever your plans take you the weekend of September 3, remember, fire safety is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your  guests. Let NFPA help you, and enjoy the holiday, everyone!

A weekend boating excursion took a bad turn when a man and woman had to be rushed to the hospital suffering from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. According to Delmarva Public Radio, the two suffered CO poisoning while boating near Havre de Grace, Maryland, on Sunday. A fire official saysMARINA AND BOATING TIP SHEET IMAGE.JPG
the couple alerted authorities after apparently inhaling too much exhaust from the boat’s engine.


One of two dogs on board was also treated. NFPA’s tip sheet on marina and boating safety outlines dangers in and around the water, including electrical and carbon monoxide hazards.


Other tip sheets are available on the theme of outdoor recreation, including campfires and grilling safety.



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