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Onslow County Firefighter's Association in North Carolina teamed up with Lowe's for a successful Fire Prevention Kick-Off and guess who made an appearance?  Sparky the Fire Dog was there to help promote FPW!  There were over 900 attendees at the Fire Prevention Kick-Off.  There were many different activities including fire departments in the area teaching at different learning stations for kids and adults.  Each fire department was responsible for teaching one or two fire safety messages. Check out these photos from the event.

Sparky at Onslow County Fire Prevention Kickoff at LowesImageOnslow County FP kickoff with Lowes

Southwest VFD and Emergency Services in Jacksonville, NC visited Blue Creek Elementary to remind the kindergarten students that firefighters are our friends.  They also talked about how important it is to get outside and stay outside if the smoke alarms sounds.  I wonder if Sparky the Fire Dog made an appearance?

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Artboard 2013 honolulu 2A First Responder Fair was organized by the Honolulu Police Department to showcase the efforts of first responders in the community in  September.  It was held on the Honolulu Hale civic grounds which is a busy area where the Mayor’s office and other city and county departments are located.  The Honolulu Fire Department sponsored an Artboard event highlighting the 2013, NFPA Fire Prevention Week Theme – Prevent Kitchen Fires, purchasing all the necessary equipment, supplies and manpower needed to make this event a success.  This was not a contest and no prizes were awarded. 

The purpose was not to make this competitive, but rather collaborative, partnering with the community to promote fire safety and save lives.  This event was held from 10am to 2pm, with approximately 120 volunteer artists who participated in the event.  Participating artists ranged from middle and high school students, University of Hawaii students, professional independent artists, and non-profit community groups (ex: 808 Urban and Girl Scouts of America).  This event proved to be a unique and a well received way to deliver fire safety messages to prevent kitchen fires to community members and tourists visiting the island.

Way to go, Honolulu Fire Department!

Artboard 2013 honolulu
To see other pics from this event, visit Sparky's Facebook page and look for the 2013 FPW Artboards album. 

Congratulations to my Public Education Network representative in Arizona, Tanja Tanner! 


Educator of Year Tanner
Tracy Koslowski presents Tanja Tanner with Arizona's Life Safety Educator of the Year award


(Goodyear, AZ) Goodyear Fire Department Community Education Coordinator Tanja Tanner has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Life Safety Educator of the Year by the Arizona Fire and Burn Educators Association.  Tanja was presented the award this week during the 40th annual Arizona State Fire School in Mesa, AZ.  Individuals are nominated and awarded this honor based on their significant accomplishments and contributions in Fire and Life Safety Education in Arizona. Selection of the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year is firmly established upon outstanding work as an educator, success in increasing public awareness about safety issues, being a positive role model in their community, achievements in the fire and life safety field locally, statewide and nationally, along with a commitment to excellence in their educational efforts. 

Interim Fire Chief Paul Luizzi stated “Tanja easily made each and every one of these qualifications and then some”!  He further stated “Tanya’s commitment to keeping our children and community safe was forefront for her selection”. 


We are busy at NFPA making plans for Fire Prevention Week.  Are you?  What does your community have planned?  NFPA has everything you need for your Fire Prevention Week activities.  

Check out our Fire Prevention Week section for the tools for a succesful FPW! Be sure to visit our FPW kids page for FPW printables, kitchen safety activities and more activities with Sparky.

Let us know what activities you have planned for Fire Prevention Week 2013!

Sparky's cool to doAs summer is winding down and I see my teacher friends sharing pictures of their classrooms as they prepare for all the students, I reminisce about the preparation and anticipation of the beginning of the school year.  Students and teachers everywhere are buzzing around in preparation of back to school time. 

Sparky’s new cool to do on is an easy way to make a perfect Pencil Pouch for all those pencils you’re going to need.  Check out Sparky’s plastic fantastic pencil pouch!

off campus fire safety checklistFire Prevention Week (FPW) is fast approaching but across the country, students are going off to college and moving into residence halls, dorms, off-campus housing, sororities and fraternities. For many of these students, it will be the first time they will be on their own, but with this independence, comes responsibility. It is important students realize they are now responsible for their own safety. The last fire safety education they may have had was back in grade school, but both on-campus and off-campus students should understand the risks of fire and know the preventive measures that could save their lives.

Educating students on what they can do to stay safe during the school year is important and often overlooked. College students living away from home should take a few minutes to make sure they are living in a fire-safe environment with our easy-to-read tip sheet on college campus safety.  For those living off-campus, our new off-campus safety checklist is a must have on moving day.  

How do you reach out to the colleges in your community?  We’d love to hear from you.

SmokealarmsafetytipsOne of my friends just bought a townhouse and I couldn’t wait to go over and get the grand tour.  As she was walking me through her new place I kept pointing out and commenting on all of the fire safety equipment.  Of course I got some funny looks but she is well aware of my career and passion for fire safety.  As I was climbing up into the attic, she said, “It’s even hassprinklers up there, April.  Isn’t that awesome?”.

I gave my speech about making sure she tests all of her smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly.  Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. 

Make sure your loved ones are safe in their homes by reminding them to install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, making sure that there is an alarm outside every separate sleeping area. New homes are required to have a smoke alarm in every sleeping room and all smoke alarms must be interconnected.

Check out NFPA’s smoke alarm section to find information on basic smoke alarm safety tips and much more.  Call your loved ones today and get them to test their smoke alarms.  It could save a life.  

Fire truck arcadeWe are experiencing a heat wave here in New England.  Being from the south, I am accustomed to the hot and humid summer days, however, I still am not a big fan of them.  I remember when I was a kid, if we weren’t in a pool somewhere or boogie boarding the waves at the beach, you might have found us inside during the hottest hours of the day.

When it is 100 degrees outside it can be tough to think of activities to keep kids busy while they are inside. has several fun activities and games.  One of my favorites is “Put Out the Fire” arcade game.  This game is sure to keep them busy for awhile. 

Check out all of the fun activities and games on and let us know which one is your favorite.  

A_BubblesMaking bubbles is one of the more simple and fun ways to spend a warm sunny afternoon. They work well on a grassy lawn, outside on the steps, under the shade of a tree, and even in the kitchen.

When it comes to kids, bubbles have everything going for them; they fascinate, they float, have rainbow colors, and require some skill to blow a good bubble. They can be treated as a scientific experiment or as a past time. Best of all, they are inexpensive to make.  Bubbles are, indeed, the perfect boredom buster for a summer day. 

Alone or with a group of friends, they are sure to entertain. Don’t underestimate the power of a little liquid soap to occupy your kids. Even dogs, like Sparky, like to chase after the bubbles: tremendous fun for everyone!

NFPA exhibit at Safe Kids Worldwide Conference
NFPA Public Education Advisor Kim O'Malley with Wanda Willis from Harrisonburg Fire Department (Virginia)

NFPA was an exhibitor at the 25th anniversary 2013 Safe Kids Worldwide Childhood Injury Prevention Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C., June 19-22, 2013. More than 400 attendees were expected, representing injury prevention experts from hundreds of communities across the United States and 23 countries around the globe.

NFPA Public Education Advisor, Kim O'Malley, was there promoting all of the wonderful and free materials the NFPA Public Education division develops. 

Visit NFPA's Safety Information section to take a look at what educational materials and resources NFPA has available.  

Lightning safetyThunder and lightning storms happen all the time. But did you know that lightning strikes and lightning fires occur most often in the summer? Know what to do to keep you and your family safe when it does strike!

The official start of summer is tomorrow, June 21st and we are already experiencing signs of summer weather here in New England.  There have been some afternoon thunder and lightning storms this week and it reminds me of the safety tips I should follow when these storms happen. Summer is the peak time of the year for lightning strikes and lightning fires. However, lightning does occur year round. It’s important to be prepared for this dangerous weather phenomenon.

Pub ed booth at NFPA conference 2013What a wonderful turnout at the 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago.  To everyone that stopped by the NFPA Public Education booth, thank you!  We signed many of you up for Safety Source, NFPA's Public Education e-newsletter. The Safety Source mailing list reaches fire departments, parents, caregivers, teachers, and businesses.  

Thank you all for another successful NFPA Conference & Expo.  

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