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2-page educational sheet showing generic figures testing the alarm and escaping to safety

Reach a broad audience during this Fire Prevention Week season with NFPA’s new easy-to-read escape planning themed safety tip sheets designed using universal figures. Both the easy-to-read “Plan Your Home Escape” and “Practice Your Home Escape Drill Two Times a Year” are available in 13 languages and can be used to reinforce this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!™”. The tip sheets can be found on the Fire Prevention Week page and also on the easy-to-read page of the NFPA website.

2-page document. Check-off boxes for planning an escape and an escape grid

If a fire breaks out in a home, residents may only have minutes to get out safely. Seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between people escaping safely from fire or having their lives end in tragedy. A critical part of escaping safely is for families and communities to create a home fire escape plan. NFPA makes the task a simple one with the free, downloadable “Home Fire Escape Plan and Grid.” The two-page sheet is a fitting companion piece to NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week in a Box Value Pack, which offers a number of items for educational presentations for Fire Prevention Week.

Fire Prevention Week banner


One way to shine a spotlight on the important fire safety work being done in your community by first responders is to have your city or town issue a signed proclamation for Fire Prevention Week (FPW). A proclamation signing ceremony can bring favorable news coverage to your community. A formal request for a proclamation must come from someone within the city or town. NFPA provides a sample mayor’s proclamation on the FPW website.

If your community conducts a proclamation signing ceremony, let me know and send photos! You may be featured in an upcoming blog post.

Graphic of 7 steps to escape from fire

NFPA’s visually engaging Fire Prevention Week (FPW) graphic, which presents seven steps to practicing an escape plan, has been formatted to give you the flexibility to present it to your community in different ways. The infographic can be used electronically, placed on your blog, website or other social media sites, or it can be used in print form, downloaded, personalized with your department’s logo and handed out at community events, fire station open houses, and other gatherings. Either way, the infographic is an excellent choice for introducing the public to this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!™

Photo of activity postersLocal and statewide public and fire and life safety organizations in Nevada have kicked off a 2017 poster contest to raise awareness among children and their families about fire prevention. Nevada students in 5th and 6th grades, and middle and high school are being asked to participate in the poster contest to celebrate Fire Prevention Week October 8-14 and this year’s theme. “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!™ Student posters will be judged on the local and state level for creativity, originality, and their promotion of fire preparedness and safety. Judging will be completed in September.

A poster contest is one of many ways to raise awareness about fire prevention among young audiences. The Fire Prevention Week Kid’s Activity Posters are filled with hidden pictures, puzzles, and word games. Sparky’s Coloring and Activity Books Value Pack is an economical way to share Sparky the Fire Dog’s® life-saving message. In the Fox Family’s Fire Escape Plan Coloring Book children can have fun coloring whimsical images as they learn about choosing an outside meeting place, practicing the home escape plan and the importance of smoke alarms.

Image of hoverboard followed by bulleted safety tips

According to an article from USA Today Network, Sherrice Lyles, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, had heard the warnings about hoverboards–the self-balancing scooters–but when a nonprofit where her son volunteers gave him one of the boards last summer, she thought it had passed inspection.

The hoverboard caught fire this week as it charged in her son's bedroom. It nearly burned down the family's house. "My son's was plugged in for only about 10 minutes," said Lyles.

smoke alarm alerted Lyles to the fire. No one was injured in the fire. The family lost clothing and furniture.

"I just want people to be aware that none of them are good," she said. "You never know if you have a good one or a bad one." Since the first wave of their popularity a few years ago, dozens of reports have surfaced of the hoverboards catching fire.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of hundreds of thousands of the scooters. Since then, more hoverboards have combusted. NFPA’s Hoverboard Safety tip sheet offers precautions and a list of signs to look for indicating that a hoverboard could be a problem.

A Fire Prevention Week kickoff banner overhead. People standing nearby listening to a fire marshal official. Sparky the fire dog there to greet the public

With Fire Prevention Week two months away, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office has plans in place for this year’s FPW kickoff at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville. As in years’ past, the Education and Outreach section of the fire marshal’s office will use FPW in a Box to create goody bags for children. Sparky the Fire Dog will be in attendance, and the Fire Prevention Week banner will be strung between two ladder trucks in front of the Bicentennial Mall entrance.

Officials from the fire marshal’s office typically spend Fire Prevention Week traveling to different events across the state as a show of support to local fire departments. Typically, the Saturday of Fire Prevention Week consists of smoke alarm canvassing.

Fire Prevention Week banner

For the 10th consecutive year, NFPA and Domino’s are teaming up to deliver fire safety messages and pizza during Fire Prevention Week (FPW), which this year will be held October 8-14. NFPA is encouraging fire departments to join forces with their local Domino’s store to implement the campaign in their communities. 

Here’s how the program works: 

  • Call or visit your local Domino’s store and ask the owner/manager to participate in an easy-to-execute program that will promote fire safety during FPW.
  • Select a day and time period–usually 2-3 hours–to randomly choose one to three pizza orders to deliver aboard a fire engine. The participating Domino’s delivery expert will follow the fire engine in his or her car.
  • When the pizza delivery arrives, the firefighters will check the home for working smoke alarms. If the smoke alarms work, the customer’s order is free (cost absorbed by the Domino’s store). If the smoke alarms aren’t working, the fire department will replace the batteries or install fully functioning smoke alarms (cost absorbed by the fire department). 

Partnering with Domino’s presents a fun and powerful way to reinforce this year’s campaign theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out!™,” which emphasizes the importance of developing and practicing a home fire escape plan.

Domino’s Fire Prevention Week Sweepstakes

Fire departments that sign up from August 15-31 to participate in this program will automatically be entered into Domino’s FPW Sweepstakes. Domino’s will randomly select three winners who will receive the NFPA’s “Fire Prevention Week in a Box 300.”

Sign up to participate

If your fire department would like to participate in the NFPA and Domino’s FPW program, please email Danielle Bulger at Signup emails sent August 15-31 will be entered into the Sweepstakes. The FPW Sweepstakes winners will be drawn on or around September 5.

Group photo of participants standing on the front steps of NFPA headquarters

The first  Remembering When™ Next Steps workshop is underway at NFPA headquarters in Quincy, Massachusetts. Fourteen teams from across North America that are currently using the program for older adults in their communities are meeting to discuss strategies for growing stronger programs and building community partnerships. Each team for this free Remembering When Next Steps logotraining includes at least one member who participated in local or national Remembering When training in the past. Each team includes at least one fire department representative. The two-day training concludes August 9th. Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, was developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible.

Two small children standing in front of exhibit filled with Fire Prevention Week materials and other safety materials

Cheerleaders and Sparky on a float

Sparky the Fire Dog® was right at home at this year’s Delaware State Fair. The annual event–held July 20th-29th–is well known for its exhibits and demonstrations on agriculture, horticulture, rural and domestic economy, and mechanical arts, but also provides plenty of room for fire safety education.

The Delaware State Fire School hosted a booth showcasing this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!™. Visitors learned about smoke alarms and home escape planning and were provided with copies of the FPW adult brochure, safety tip sheets, the Fire Prevention Week Kids’ Activity Posters, and other related items. The fire school also made available NFPA’s Barn Fire Safety checklist, fitting for the agricultural event.

Anna and Will Scott (pictured above) filled their FPW goody bags with items they planned to take home to share with their families. The University of Delaware Cheer Squad joined Sparky in one of the nightly parades.

Group photo with Dolly Hulin at the center holding the award, The Sparky statue

The application for the 2018 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award is now available. The deadline is February 9, 2018.

NFPA is looking for fire and life safety educators in the United States and Canada who

  • Work for a local fire department or fire marshal’s office.
  • Use NFPA educational programs and materials in a consistent and creative way.
  • Demonstrate excellence and innovation, reaching out to the community with NFPA materials.

The Educator of the Year receives a $1,000 honorarium and travel and registration to NFPA Conference in Las Vegas in June 2018 for an award presentation.

The local fire department receives a $1,000 donation to support public education activities.

For Dolly Hulin, (pictured in red) Fire and Life Safety Education Division Chief of the Thomasville Fire Department in Thomasville, North Carolina, being chosen the 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year was both exciting and humbling.

“It was an honor to attend the NFPA Conference and experience the workshops and networking opportunities with other fire and life safety educators. I have gained knowledge and ideas that I’ve brought back to my community to build on.”

Chief Hulin is known for her extraordinary commitment to fire and burn prevention education. Her outreach efforts include Safety Fest, an event she created to raise awareness during Fire Prevention Week.

“This award is a reflection of a lot of people who contributed to providing resources and time educating us about NFPA’s outreach and advocacy programs and devoted themselves to providing fire and life safety programs and information to our community members that is accurate and consistent.”

Applicants for Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year can be nominated or self-nominated.

A picture of lightning striking over treesA home in Lakewood, New Jersey, caught fire earlier this week when lightning hit its roof in the early morning hours. According to Jersey Shore Online, the resident was alerted to the smoke alarm sound around 4:30 a.m., assumed it went off in error and did not immediately call the authorities. When the alarm went off again later that morning around 9 a.m., the resident started to smell smoke and decided to call the Lakewood Fire Department. Firefighters arriving on the scene quickly discovered a fire in the attic that started as a result of the early morning lighting strike. They were able to confine and extinguish the flames before they spread throughout the house.

“Had it not been for the quick and decisive actions of the responding firefighters, the home could have rapidly become engulfed in flames,” said Fire Chief Mike D’Elia in a statement. “Residents should never hesitate or delay calling 911 to request the Fire Department any time their smoke [alarm] or carbon monoxide alarm sounds.”

NFPA’s Escape Planning tip sheet suggests the following advice be heeded if the smoke alarm sounds:

  • Get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people or pets.
  • If you have to escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.
  • Call the fire department from outside the home.

In addition, this year’s Fire Prevention Week website is chock full of educational material on the topic of escape planning.

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