This year’s Fire Prevention WeekTM (FPW) theme of “Serve up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” is even more compelling as the incidence of home fires and burns related to cooking climb amid COVID-19 stay at home orders. With resources in English, Spanish and French, fire and life safety (FLS) public education professionals can use the free resources found on FirePreventionWeek.org and purchase specially themed products from NFPA to support their FPW activities.
On July 30th, over 1400 people tuned into NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week 2020: Out of the Box Ideas Webinar to learn new ways to reach their communities through a blend of traditional, digital and virtual activities. Featuring Maria Bostian, NFPA's Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year, the webinar offered easy to implement ways to use the tools and resources found on FirePreventionWeek.org to provide critical, lifesaving education that is fun and engaging for all audiences. This year the much-anticipated Sparky the Fire Dog stuffy has made its way into our product offerings, and FLS educators are finding new ways to reach their audiences amidst community contact restrictions.
John Yacovino, Fire Marshal and Director of Emergency Management in Meriden, CT is just one of many getting creative with outreach efforts. With funding from a local grant, he purchased 100 Sparky stuffed dolls to have on hand for children who are displaced due to house fires. As schools are unlikely to have fire service professionals come into classrooms, he is working with his local Board of Education to assure FPW materials find their way to the students and their families.
Other FLS educators are collaborating with their community partners to provide FPW materials at school-lunch pick up sites and food pantries in their communities. Some are taking advantage of their artistic sides to create YouTube videos reading The Story of Sparky , delivering NFPA Mini-lessons, and even reaching Gen Z with Tik Toks about fire safety. Our Out of the Box Ideas document can help you and your colleagues plan for your FPW 2020 efforts.
Share what you are doing in your community to get the word out about cooking safety using the hashtag #firepreventionweek on social media!
Follow me on Twitter @AndreaVastis and Follow NFPA on twitter @Sparky_Fire_Dog, Facebook Sparky the FIre Dog and Instagram @nfpadotorg to keep up with the latest. NFPA’s COVID-19 page has resources to support your FLS education efforts including videos, tip sheets and social media cards.