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This winter has brought snow, snow and more snow. As a result, the kids have missed a lot of school. I'm always on the look out for fun activities to keep the kids busy. Check out the Sparky the Fire Dog web site for games, crafts, and activities for kids of all ages.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Sparky's new printable challenges kids to use their math skills to find the missing number in each smoke alarm. The activity also reminds kids, grades 1-3, what the sound of the smoke alarm is and what to do when they hear one.

I am a frequent visitor on Pinterest, especially around the holidays. While scrolling through the holiday decorating pins a few alarming craft ideas involving candles came up. Many photos of candles nestled in pine branches on the mantel or balancing on trees. Yikes. Take a few minutes to read through our candle fire safety tip sheet and holiday tip sheet before lighting candles around your holiday decorations. Candles are pretty and definitely add to the holiday ambiance, but they are also open flames and can cause fires. When in doubt, go for the battery-operated candle. They have the same effect but are much safer.


The holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. We have tip sheets on Christmas tree and winter holiday safety, coloring pages, and our new holiday e-card. Get the family together and do our holiday Mad-lib, Twas the Night Before Christmas. Print the Sparky color by number activity to keep the kids busy while you wrap.

We have what you need to keep your family fire-safe this holiday season. It only takes a few moments to read through our tip sheets on holiday safety. Give your family the best gift you can, keep them safe from fire.






Halloween is only a few days away. Before you go out trick-or-treating make sure you read through our tip sheet on Halloween safety. We also have a Sparky the Fire Dog pumpkin carving template and a fun printable activity for kids. Don't forget to wish the ghosts and goblins in your life a Happy Halloween with a Sparky eCard.




Happy Fire Prevention Week! Fire safety is in the air this week. I love all the worksheets that are coming home from school, all the news stories reaching out and teaching people how to keep safe from fire. This is by far, my favorite week. We received some great news yesterday that Sparky's Birthday Surprise app was #1 on Amazon's Best Sellers list!

People everywhere are sharing this great storybook app with the kids in their lives. Help us spread the word and download for your kids today. Did I mention the app is FREE? What people are saying:

Let us know what you think.

In 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 3,810 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. These fires caused an annual average of 2 civilian deaths, 30 civilian fire injuries, and $9.4 million in direct property damage.
If you are responsible for fire and life safety on your campus or for your fire department the Campus Fire Forum is a must this fall. The Forum takes place November 4-8, in Saint Louis, MO. This national conference focuses exclusively on campus fire and life-safety issues and offers the opportunity to learn from the experts and interact with campus fire-safety professionals from across the country - and outside the USA. Hundreds of attendees representing colleges, universities, fire officials, city and state authorities and many other disciplines will be in attendance.
For NFPA's campus fire-safety materials, visit our web site.

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The public edcuation division has some exciting news. We are happy to announce the launch of our first children's app and eBook! The fire-safety storybook app, Sparky's Birthday Surprise, and our new eBook, Rescue Dogs, Firefighting Heroes, and Science Facts are both free.

Through real-life stories and interactive games, kids can learn important fire-safety messages to keep their families safe. Our mobile app, for grades Prek-2, is packed with animation and games, while our eBook, for grades 3-5, mixes fire-safety messaging with fascinating stories of courage, quick-witted kids, science facts, and more.

Over the last 6 months, we worked with a great team at We are Teachers and Cupcake Digital to create these books. NFPA's staff also played a big part in the project. From our curriculum experts in the public education division, engineers and members of our fire protection team, the stories and facts were thoroughly reviewed by NFPA's technical experts.

Created for teachers and firefighters to use in the classroom, the eBook reinforces fire-safety messages with students while building critical skills in reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and more. It aligns to Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science through a combination of nonfiction, fictional stories, scientific diagrams, and poetry. The storybook app is aligned to Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math.

As an added bonus and to expand on lessons taught in the books, our new web site, features interactive whiteboard lessons on fire safety, addressing phonics, math, and reading comprehension. The website also includes a teacher/parent guide with discussion questions and additional activities, all aligned to Common Core standards.

The e-book is available on all major platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Barnes & Noble. The app, created by Cupcake Digital, will be available on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.


Power up and get well soon

Posted by amylebeau Employee Aug 28, 2013

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Working on Sparky the Fire Dog web projects are always a lot of fun. Our Sparky eCards are by far one of the best. Check out our latest "Get Well Soon" eCard. The card appeals to kids, both big and small. Every time we get a new one I say it is my favorite, but this time I mean it.

Let me know what you think. If you don't know anyone that is under the weather, there are plenty of cards to choose from. We will be launching a new card for Fire Prevention Week in the next few weeks so visit us again.

Check out the August issue of NFPA's public education newsletter, Safety Source. Get everything you need for back-to-school safety and fun in this month's issue. Off-campus fire safety checklist; Duct tape craft and smoke  alarms; Fire safety for older adults; Test your safety smarts with FPW  Quiz and more.

If you aren't signed up for Safety Source, don't miss another issue. Sign up today. The newsletter has something for everyone; classroom teachers, the fire service, families, consumers and businesses!

Fire Prevention Week is right around the corner and fire departments are busy getting ready. With  budgets being cut, fundraising is more important than ever. This great idea came from the Surry Volunteer Fire Department in Maine. The fire department is holding a contest for kids to name their stuffed fire bear. Once named, the bears will be sold to raise funds for Fire Prevention Week.

Looking for ideas to support your Fire Prevention Week efforts? Check out Sparky's Wishlist. Have a great fundraising idea to share with other fire departments? Let us know. We love to hear about the great things departments are doing in their communities.


Last week my husband took the boys to swim class. Part of

every swim class is a safety tip

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tips are about swimming, what to do if you are in the pool and you see

lightning, etc. Much to my surprise the tip last week was about fire safety. My

husband reported that the young man asked the kids what they do if there is a fire

in their house. The answer he gave: go get a fire extinguisher and put out the

fire and then go get a grown-up. Wow.  


 My son looked back at my husband with eyes wide as saucers.

He knew that answer was wrong. Now my quandary was how to handle this situation.

I printed out our escape planning and smoke alarm tip sheetsand brought it to

the head lifeguard. I thanked her for teaching the kids fire safety and gently

suggested/asked if the swim teachers could read the sheets before they gave

tips to the kids. I also strongly suggested that they clarify with the kids

that when there is a fire, the correct response is to get outside and stay

outside. I hope the message was delivered. Just in case, I might just leave

some fire safety activities on the bulletin board!




Having boys I should have been prepared for at least one of them loving fire trucks. My oldest two could care less, they are so unimpressed with fire trucks. Although they do love Sparky the Fire Dog. My three-year old eats, breathes and sleeps fire trucks. Every thing he talks about, plays with and watches on TV involves flashing sirens and firefighters (should I be worried?). I don't think he is alone in his love of fire trucks. Our Fire Truck section on is by far the most popular every month. If you haven't had a chance to see it, take a few minutes and play some of the games, explore different kinds of trucks and color Sparky in a fire station. This great interactive section is perfect for your Fire Prevention Week open houses.

Sparky the Fire Dog® is featured on The Cherokee Ledger-News.Com as a great way to reach out to residents with important fire safety information. Sparky is the newest firefighter joining the Woodstock (GA) Fire Department, although he won’t be fighting fire he will be busy helping the department with their community outreach.

Kids and grown-ups enjoy looking at the "real-life" Sparky and I have seen kids give him lots of hugs, mesmerized by his presence and hold his hand. While he can get the attention of the audience, he also has life saving fire safety information to share with residents. Sparky will make a special appearance during the Woodstock’s Freedom Run on July 4th.

Sparky's official web site, and Sparky’s Wish List was also featured in the Cherokee Ledger. The Woodstock Fire Department has a page on Sparky’s Wish List.  Residents and business can purchase fire safety education materials to support the fire department.

Hats off to the Woodstock Fire Department for promoting Sparky the Fire Dog and utilizing Sparky’s Wish List to purchase NFPA fire safety materials! What a great article.

Send a smile to someone's inbox with Sparky's new eCard. Start the summer off right and send an eCard  to your friends and family. While you are on Sparky Cards, why not send a July 4th eCard, too? NFPA works with a great team at Powerhouse Animation to create eCards for every occasion. Look out for new cards coming this summer.



Start getting ready for Fire Prevention Week in October. Parents, teachers and the fire service will find great printables and activities on Sparky's Fire Prevention Week kid's page.

 Print out our Kids in the Kitchen sheet for suggestions by age group. Do you like helping out in the kitchen and cooking up  tasty snacks for your friends and family? Cooking can be lots of fun,  but it's important that kids know how to be safe in the kitchen. These  tips can help you figure out what you're old enough to do on your own --  and when it's time to ask an adult for help.

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