Everybody’s favorite fire safety dog, Sparky, celebrates his 68th birthday today. Since 1951, Sparky has helped fire professionals, teachers, civic organizations, corporations, youth programs, and the media deliver invaluable messages about smoke alarms, escape planning, and seasonal safety considerations.
In honor of NFPA’s top dog teaching children and adults alike about fire and life safety for six-plus decades, we are highlighting Sparky’s journey and the different resources that have been developed to educate generations about fire prevention.
We start Sparky’s weeklong celebration by inviting you to read how he became America’s iconic fire dog in a storybook, “The Story of Sparky, The Fire Dog,” and by showing you a timeline of his life. As Sparky blows out the battery operated candles on his birthday cake, we ask that you take note of important fire and life safety messages, including:
- Install working smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
- Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of each level of the home. Show all doors and windows and point to the two ways out of each room.
- Plan and practice your escape drill with everyone in the home.
We have also created a visual walk down memory lane for you to enjoy and share with other Sparky fans. Check it out.