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Sparky took a trip to Whitehorse, the capital of and largest city of Yukon in Canada. It is actually also the largest city in all of northern Canada. The city was named after the White Horse Rapids for their resemblance to the mane of a white horse. Fun fact about this location, and an extra good reason to visit, Whitehorse (according to the Guinness World Records) is the city with the least air pollution in the world!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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Who doesn't want to be in a pontoon boat parade??! Sparky got a chance to do so recently to complete bucket list #39 while up in Beaver Lake, New Hampshire. The pontoon was even outfitted with Beaver Lake Fire Department gear for the parade, and Sparky stayed extra safe by wearing his life jacket!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

 

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First published in 1941, Make way for Ducklings is a book that tells the story of a pair of mallards who decide to raise their family on an island in the lagoon in Boston Public Garden, a park in the center of Boston. The book's popularity led to the construction of a statue by Nancy Schön in the Public Garden of the mother duck and her eight ducklings, which is a popular destination for children and adults alike. The book is also the official children's book of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 

Sparky visited the statue to complete #38 on his bucket list, and had a great time!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

#37 - Dominos.jpgFor bucket list item #37, Sparky traveled to the Domino's headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While there, he learned to make delicious pizza in their "Pizza Theater" with Domino's CEO and President, Patrick Doyle. Domino's has long been a partner of NFPA and Fire Prevention Week; in fact, we just launched our 9th year together. Find out how fire departments in your area can team up with their local Domino's to deliver pizza AND fire safety during FPW through this recent blog post.

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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The U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs is the flagship training center for the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Olympic Training Center programs. The CSOTC is able to provide housing, dining, training facilities, recreational facilities and other services for more than 500 athletes and coaches at one time on the complex!

 

The Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center is home to sport facilities and support services for the following summer Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American sports (which one do you think Sparky was best at?):

  • Boxing
  • Cycling (Olympic and Paralympic)
  • Figure skating
  • Gymnastics
  • Paralympic Judo
  • Pentathlon
  • Shooting (Olympic and Paralympic)
  • Paralympic Swimming
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

#35 - Kayak.jpgLearning to kayak was #35 on Sparky's birthday bucket list, and he got a chance to check it off last week! Kayaking was a lot of fun, good exercise, and the kayak was even yellow and red, Sparky's favorite colors! As a safety conscious dog, Sparky made sure to wear his personal flotation device while kayaking around the lake.

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

#34 - Nunavut Canada.jpgSome of us may take for granted that during the daytime hours, we have light, and at night, when we go to sleep, it is dark. In some parts of the world, that is not always the case! For Sparky's 34th bucket list item, he traveled to one of these places; Nunavut, Canada. In the polar climate of Koojesse Inlet, the cold winters and short summers don't allow trees to grow! Around this time of year, there are 20 hours of daylight, but in December, there are only 4 hours of light a day! Sunrise was at 2:20am last week when this photo was taken, can you imagine?!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

june safety source.JPGThe June issue Safety Source. NFPA's public education newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find:

  • Fireworks safety
  • New whitepaper on Community Risk Reduction
  • Portable grilling safety tips
  • 30-minute lesson for educators on smoke alarm basics and rental housing
  • Our new digital decal for Fire Prevention Week t-shirts

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Hero DOgs.JPGVoting to determine the 2016 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards finalists is open! The public voted and 173 outstanding nominees were narrowed down to the top 3 dogs in each of the 8 categories (Arson, Emerging Hero, Guide/Hearing, Law Enforcement, Military, Search & Rescue, Service and Therapy).

 

Voting to determine the winning dog in each category will remain open until June 22nd at 12pm Pacific Time. The 8 category winners will win $2,500 for their charity partners and will get to fly to Hollywood for the star-studded awards gala this September!

 

Voters must be U.S. residents at least 18 years of age and may vote for one dog each day. Individuals may not use more than one email address to vote more than one time per day. Invalid votes, as determined by American Humane Association, will not be counted. For more information, please visit the rules page.

safety source.JPGThe May issue Safety Source. NFPA's public education newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find:

  • NFPA's updated messaging around sleeping with a door closed
  • National Electrical Safety Month
  • Keeping grilling fire safety in mind this season
  • And more!

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NESM.jpgElectricity plays a major role in our daily lives but we can often take its power and the convenience it provides, along with its potential for fire-related hazards, for granted. That is why we actively support National Electrical Safety Month, an annual campaign sponsored by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), which works to raise awareness of potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical fire safety during the month of May.

According to our most recent statistics, an estimated average of nearly 48,000 home structure fires caused by electrical problems were reported to U.S. fire departments. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, more than 1,500 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in property damage. Roughly half of these involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment such as wiring, lighting, and cords or plugs.

Fortunately, there are many simple steps people can take to greatly reduce their risk. ESFI and NFPA urge homeowners to have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician and to follow the manufacturer's instructions for plugging an appliance into a wall outlet. The following are additional tips residents can follow to help keep their homes safe from electrical fires:

  • Only plug one heat-producing appliance (such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc.) into a wall outlet at a time. Unplug small appliances when not in use.
  • Install tamper-resistant electrical outlets if you have young children. If a replacement is not possible, install new protective outlet covers that don’t allow children to insert an object into the wall outlet.
  • Avoid putting cords in places such as under rugs and carpets or across doorways where they can be damaged or pinched by furniture.
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture. Check the sticker on the lamp to determine the maximum wattage light bulb to use.
  • Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) are a kind of circuit breaker that shuts off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home by a qualified electrician.
  • Check electrical cords often. Replace any that are cracked, damaged or loose.

For additional tips and resources including infographics, fact sheets, and videos about electrical fire safety, check out ESFI’s Electrical Safety Illustrated publication and visit NFPA’s Electrical Safety in the Home webpage.

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It's Earth Day, and Sparky loves to celebrate with fun activities that help the environment. His Cool-to-Do activity this month, 'Earth Smarts,' had some help from our friends on the Firewise team here at NFPA. The Firewise team helps teach people how to be safe from wildfires, and so they have worked with Sparky to create a checklist you can do with your kids to make sure you are helping animals, trees, plants and your home!

Visit our cool to do website, print out your checklist, and celebrate Earth Day with Sparky and Firewise!

6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d1c8c3d5970c-250wi.jpgThe April issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find;

  • New tip sheet on security bars
  • Campaign prompts putting safety first when looking for off-campus housing
  • Upcoming Remembering When Conference
  • Sparky goes green for Earth Day
  • Augusta’s great fire of 1916
  • Report: U.S. trends and patterns of fire losses

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Safety source marchThe March issue of Safety Source, NFPA's public education enewsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find;

  • Sparky’s 65th Birthday!
  • Hoarding and Fire: Reducing the Risk safety tip sheet
  • A Compelling Case for Home Fire Sprinklers mini lesson
  • The dangers of sky lanterns
  • And more!

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Sparky the Fire Dog
 marks his 65th birthday on March 18th. Sparky is legendary. You’d be hard-pressed to find a child or adult who doesn’t know him, remember him, or recall his enduring life safety messages. For more than six decades, Sparky has worked hard to make communities safer from fire. He deserves to celebrate his milestone birthday in a big way, thus his 65th Birthday Bucket List campaign, which officially launches this week. In the coming months, Sparky will enjoy chance-of-a-lifetime excursions, must-have meetups, unforgettable learning opportunities, and cool collaborations with others who have made fire safety their mission.

Sparky recently jump-started his 65th Birthday Bucket List celebration when he ticked off two items on his wish list by riding the ice resurfacer and making his HDX screen debut during the Boston Bruin’s inaugural First Responder Night at TD Garden. The revelry will continue through Fire Prevention Week in October, and includes birthday benchmarks such as visiting the pyramids, zip lining, throwing out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game, hanging with celebrities, meeting up with his long-time pal Smokey the Bear, going back to school, and other great experiences. Be sure to follow Sparky’s adventures on Twitter, Facebook through #Sparkys65th, and visit Sparky’s website for fire safety educational materials.

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