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As the temperature climbed into the 90’s in the hot Florida
sun, a crowd filled the Lego City Stage to see yesterday’s first showing of The
Big Test, a zany, acrobatic show that imparts important safety messages as part
of a 20 minute comedic extravaganza.
The audience of kids and adults alike were not only treated to a few
laughs and some splashes of water, they were on hand to help NFPA kick-off Fire
Prevention Week and announce the winner of its video contest.
best rendition of “Put the Hot Stuff on the Wet Stuff”, the catchy tune from
The Big Test. After two weeks of voting and more than 10,000 votes, Kathleen
Marler of Florida was the winner. Her and her family received a trip to
LEGOLAND Florida as their prize.
The winning video
The announcement was part of a full day of activities.
Firefighters from Polk County and the Florida State Fire Marshal’s office
conducted a series of learning stations, teaching children and parents how to
test smoke alarms and create a home fire escape plan.
Continuing through the month of October, LEGOLAND Florida
will feature Firefighter Fridays, where local firefighters are on hand to show
guests their gear and answer questions about fire safety.
NFPA is the official fire safety partner for LEGOLAND
Florida and sponsor of The Big Test show.
For more information on NFPA’s partnership with LEGOLAND
Florida, visit www.nfpa.org/legoland .</p>
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Sparky the Fire Dog® rolled into a Detroit neighborhood last week to make the inaugral pizza delivery for this year's NFPA and Domino's Pizza partnership.Domino’s, the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is
teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and
Sparky the Fire Dog for the fifth consecutive year to deliver fire
safety messages to homes across the nation.
During Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13, participating markets in the
U.S. will be delivering important fire safety messages on top of pizza
boxes featuring Sparky the Fire Dog. The messages support the theme for
the [Fire Prevention Week campaign | http://www.firepreventionweek.org/]: “Have Two Ways Out!”
In addition, customers who order from participating Domino’s Pizza
stores throughout the U.S. in October may be surprised when their
delivery arrives aboard a fire engine. If all the smoke alarms in the
home are working, the pizza is free. If a smoke alarm is not working,
the firefighters will replace the batteries or install a fully
functioning fire safety device in the home.
Domino’s delivers one million pizzas a day worldwide, so they reach a
lot of people in their homes, where fire safety begins.
With more than 90 percent of structure fire deaths attributed to home
fires, the Domino’s effort gets NFPA’s safety tips
delivered right to people in their homes on top of pizza boxes.
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[NFPA | http;//nfpa.org] is pleased to be the  fire safety partner of LEGOLAND® Florida and is the official sponsor of "The Big Test",
an acrobatic, comedy show in which a cast of real characters goes
through a series of hysterical antics as they try to become
firefighters. The show runs
four times a day at the LEGO® City Stage and will be seen by thousands
of kids and families during the life of this arrangement.
As part of our partnership we work on a number of other activities to reinforce the importance of safety and are excited to share one of LEGOLAND's newest promotions. As a special thank you, LEGOLAND Florida is offering HERO Days to everyday heroes that work tirelessly to protect and serve our cities across the country. For a limited time, police officers, fire fighters and EMS employees can purchase a single day admission ticket to LEGOLAND Florida for only $30 and a LEGOLAND Water Park combo ticket for only $42.
These heroes can unwind with special family time and experience LEGOLAND Florida’s more than 50 rides, shows, attractions and an all-new water park for a savings of $45 per ticket. All tickets for HERO Days must be purchased and redeemed by 10/31/12. Offer valid for LEGOLAND Florida parks. Tickets must be purchased through appropriate national professional organizations including NFPA. You can find out more at www.nfpa.org/legoland .
If you go, check out The Big Test and let us know what you think.
I spent the last couple of days at one of the most inspirational events, not just for those devoted to fire and life safety, but for anyone. The Phoenix Society’s 24th Annual World Burn Congress continues through tomorrow in Milwaukee, WI. The event brings together more than 800 burn survivors, family members, friends, caregivers and advocates to support and learn from each other and to learn about and promote programs, policies and legislative action that can prevent fires and provide resources to those who have been effected by fire.
The stories are many and varied from a child burned at a campfire and a young lady now in her 20’s who was burned at the age of two in a fire at her home to a woman who was severely burned trying to rescue her child from a fire many years ago to older adults who have devoted their entire lives to being positive role models for other burn survivors. But they share the same reason for attending – to be amongst those with similar struggles and give and or take away lessons to make them stronger. Amy Acton, executive director of the Phoenix Society, herself a burn survivor, opened the conference with the story of how she was injured in an accident 30 years ago. She recounted the journey that brought her to the Phoenix Society and how she benefited from the organizations core activities – peer support, education and advocacy.
I met Amy when NFPA began the Fire Safe Cigarette Coalitionin 2006. The Phoenix Society signed on to help bring the personal stories of the impact of fire to the debate to require cigarette manufacturers to produce and sell only cigarettes that are less likely to cause fires. In just a few years, every state passed such legislation and according to recent NFPA data, we are already seeing a significant decrease in the leading cause of home fire deaths. Those voices made a difference.
When NFPA launched the Fire Sprinkler Initiative, a project to increase home fire sprinkler requirements, we again joined with the Phoenix Society to help tell the stories of the devastating consequences of home fires and how such tragedies can be avoided with the inclusion of home fire sprinklers in new construction. NFPA facts and figures were complimented with the Faces of Fire Campaign, which profiles individuals whose lives have been changed by fire. Some are burn survivors. Others are firefighters, building officials and builders. Many of those “faces” came to us with the assistance of the Phoenix Society. Those voices continue to make a difference.
The World Burn Congress is a poignant reminder that fire prevention should be top of mind and top of action every day of the year. But with Fire Prevention Week just around the corner there is an opportunity to make sure we are doing everything we can to reduce the number of people who need the services of the Phoenix Society and all the other groups working so hard to help those whose lives have been altered by fire.
One of the latest in a growing number of media outlets to cover NFPA's new Sparky's Wish List project is WBOY in Clarkesburg, West Virginia. Touting the program as a way to help local fire departments, WBOY showed a few quick bits of the Wish List website and directs people to check it out.</p>
Sparky's Wish List is an online registry that brings together fire
departments and community members to support life-saving fire safety
NFPA invited fire departments* to create a Wish List of fire safety
education materials for use during school visits and other community
events. And there are fire departments in every state that have
completed a Wish List. Community members and local businesses can now help support local
departments by purchasing requested materials, which NFPA will send
directly to the fire departments.
To ensure delivery in time for Fire Prevention Week, place an order on the wishlist by September 25th.
Sparky does a great job of describing this new program.