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With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forcing most people to adjust their routines, it comes as no surprise that this year’s Fire Prevention Week (FPW) will also look a bit different in many communities.


That doesn’t mean the campaign will have any less impact. If anything, the unique situation we are in has forced all of us to get creative and adopt a few innovative approaches that, I believe, will boost awareness and participation in FPW activities both this year and into the future.  


As Fire Prevention Week officially kicks off today, we all need to maximize the opportunity to promote this year’s theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”. Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires in the US and the second-leading cause of home fire deaths. With most people forced to stay home, the number of us cooking at home has also increased, and fire departments across the country are anecdotally reporting an uptick in kitchen fire incidents. All this makes the campaign’s messages even more relevant and timely.


While the realities of COVID-19 made it apparent that most of our tried-and-true approaches to communicating FPW and its messaging—things like open houses at fire stations and school events—won’t occur, the importance of doing things differently to effectively reach the public with cooking safety messages is critical.


The fire and life safety community has been working diligently to rise to the occasion. One idea I heard about that I love is the drive-by fire-safety open house. Instead of inviting parents and kids into the fire station to see the trucks and get FPW material, why not bring the truck and material to them? Early in the pandemic, many fire departments took part in birthday parades and other celebrations in their communities; the drive-by event takes the idea a step further by handing out information along the route. Webinar participants suggested that departments could use community data to target the truck events at neighborhoods with higher numbers of fires.  


Another great idea is to develop and use a range of new community partnerships that could help spread the FPW message. For instance, local restaurants and food-delivery services could bring information directly into homes by including it on pizza boxes, putting it in grocery bags, or finding other ways to deliver handouts. Local theaters and event venues could include key messages on marquees to add to community visibility while providing an awesome backdrop for selfies worthy of social media sharing.


In addition to these methods, NFPA has developed digital assets to support this year’s FPW, including a full suite of sharable social media cards, as well as ramped-up, curriculum-based learning activities to teach and entertain young children, whether they are in a classroom or at home. We have also seen safety departments take the lead in creating their own digital assets and online contests to promote our theme of safe cooking behavior. They have also encouraged their staffs, family members, and communities to post their own photos, videos, and even TikTok dance moves that amplify our safety messages. In the week ahead (and beyond!), we encourage you to do the same when and where possible.


While FPW may be a little unconventional this year, the importance of our collective effort is the key to making our communities safer.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued over the past several months, I, like so many others have been carefully monitoring the data and following recommendations from leading epidemiologists and public health experts for how to keep myself and my family safe from the virus. NFPA has paid particular attention to how to keep our staff safe. And like many of you on the front lines of fire and life safety education, I have also been keeping an eye on the public’s response to this information. What I have noticed is, that while many are following the advice, news reports show many people disregard the reports or refuse to believe what science tells us about the way COVID-19 spreads, and how dangerous the virus can be.


While initially surprised to see repeated warnings from top industry professionals fall on some deaf ears, it is not unlike our ability to effectively reach the public with key fire safety messages. We have seen for a long time a general complacency and “it can’t happen to me” attitude about fire safety. If ignorance of safety information, data, and directives permeate, how do we more effectively get the word out and how can we capitalize on opportunities to deliver credible information that encourages and empowers people to make better, more informed decisions and take action to protect their families, their personal safety, and their homes.


One such way is through Fire Prevention Week. As the longest public health observance on record, Fire Prevention Week is a trusted, established, and long-standing campaign that works as a catalyst for reaching communities with information and recommendations that can easily be understood and integrated into daily life.


In June, NFPA announced that the theme for the 2020 Fire Prevention Week (FPW) campaign, which takes place October 4-10, is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” Its cooking safety message is timely for several reasons. First and foremost, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and is responsible for nearly half (49 percent) of all reported home fires involving cooking equipment, according to recent NFPA research. Moreover, unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires, meaning home cooking fires occur most often when people aren’t keeping a close eye on what they’re cooking. The United States has seen a decrease in fire-related deaths in almost every major category except deaths from home cooking fires. They are, in fact, worse than they were 30 years ago, killing an average of 550 people a year. Sadly, cooking is now the leading cause of both reported home fires and home fire injuries in the U.S. And now at a time when people continue to avoid restaurants for the immediate future and opt instead to do more cooking and entertaining at home, these circumstances collectively create the potential for an increase in home cooking fires.


Getting people to recognize that there is still a home fire risk has been challenging. “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” works to remind the public that fires can and do still happen. It educates the public about the dangers posed by cooking and the simple but effective actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen.


No doubt these are challenging times with no easy answers, but our work to help advocate for and implement fire and life safety in our communities is even more crucial than ever before. Less fires means less burden on our first responders. The work we do for Fire Prevention Week is important to the security and well being of communities everywhere. Therefore, it is incumbent on all of us to recognize and take full advantage of the campaign not just in October, but all year long. Together, by sharing campaign-related resources and information we can help inspire individuals and families to become their own advocates and embrace their personal role in our safety system.


For more information about Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen,” in addition to a wealth of resources to help promote the campaign locally, visit our website at

At this time, the world continues to be significantly impacted by COVID-19 and we no longer believe it is possible to host and conduct the NFPA Conference and Expo in June. NFPA is a safety organization and we would not hold an event where the well-being of staff, attendees, and business partners could be compromised in any way.


(See Jim Pauley’s full statement on the cancellation of the 2020 NFPA Conference & Expo in the video above.)


There are some activities that occur at the event, in particular the Association’s Annual Meeting and the election of directors to the Board, as well as the codes and standards technical meeting that NFPA will handle in a remote manner. More information on these activities will be forthcoming and will be posted on the website.


You can find additional information about the cancellation, by visiting our conference website.


Our annual conference is a very important event for us, as it is important for all of you who participate. While we are disappointed we will not be meeting in person this year, we do look forward to celebrating the 125th anniversary of NFPA as an association with you at the 2021 NFPA Conference & Expo, which will be held the week of June 21, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Stay safe during this unprecedented time. Thank you for the work you all do.



As all of us continue to navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19, NFPA remains committed to supporting you with the resources you need to minimize risk and help prevent loss, injuries, and death from fire, electrical, and other hazards. For information on NFPA’s response to the coronavirus, please visit our website.



home fire sprinkler week


As the world continues to deal with the ongoing demands of COVID-19, NFPA and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) have cancelled live events that week in favor of a North America wide virtual effort to show the value of home fire sprinklers from May 17-23.


Initiated three years ago, Home Fire Sprinkler Week aims to unite the fire service around a full week of sprinkler education. The goal is to increase awareness of the problem of home fires and build interest in life-saving home fire sprinklers.


The first two years we conducted national media events and fire departments in more than 30 states and Canadian Provinces participated. Most conducted live events as the centerpiece of their local campaign, especially public side-by-side demonstrations showing how fast a home fire grows and how quickly a fire sprinkler controls it.


But life is very different today with the fire service at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. And most states have been on lockdown for weeks now, making public educational events impossible. Our intent is to garner as much if not more attention as we have the last couple of years with Home Fire Sprinkler Week virtual.


We are also partnering with Firehouse Magazine to present a Facebook live event featuring U.S. Fire Administrator Chief Keith Bryant, IAFC President Chief Gary Ludwig,and NFPA President Jim Pauley. So mark your calendars for May 20at11a.m. ET. Join and share our Facebook Live event with your followers.


To simplify this transition to virtual, we created digital resources designed to educate and inspire through your website traffic and social media. This is an opportunity to educate with appropriate social distance. Across the U.S. and Canada, the fire service will bring together their digital voices and safely spread the word about the life saving benefits of home fire sprinklers.


The campaign is simple. Start at the HFSC website. Then:

  • Use the theme and suggested content for Monday through Friday during campaign week
  • Choose a video or graphic or both each day
  • Post the information on your website, Facebook, Twitter, or on all of your social media platforms


Based on news coverage and information from various areas, we’ve found that quarantine has led directly to more home cooking fires. That’s not a surprise but it’s a troubling trend and underscores the need to increase the number of new homes with sprinklers. Our homes are where we are supposed to feel safe, including being safe from fire.


Home fire sprinklers are simply the best bet to protect civilians and responders from fire. Let’s flood the Internet with facts about home fire sprinklers the week of May 17 – 23.


In addition to the HFSC website, you can visit the Fire Sprinkler Initiative for more information.


As all of us continue to navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19, NFPA remains committed to supporting you with the resources you need to minimize risk and help prevent loss, injuries, and death from fire, electrical, and other hazards. For information on NFPA’s response to the coronavirus, please visit our website.


There is no shortage of activity this week as Fire Prevention Week is in full tilt. The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services had several FPW banners adorning their headquarters in Stow, MA. Send us a photo of your banner. Let's see how many we can get.

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Eli Ifrah from New Jersey was the winnter of a Sparky the Foire Dog gift package and
LEGO City fire set at the FPW event at LEGOLAND FLorida.

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.


[NFPA |] and LEGOLAND Florida asked the public to give their

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 .</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 |]:  “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.


Need a pizza? Go to[ |]. Need fire safety info? Go to .









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[NFPA | http;//] is pleased to be the&#0160; fire safety partner of LEGOLAND® Florida and is the official sponsor of&#0160;&quot;The Big Test&quot;,

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&#39;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 .

If you go, check out The Big Test and let us know what you think.


Phoenix  Society Executive Director speaks following the Walk of Remembrance at World Burn Congress

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.


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Faces of Fire advocate Princella Lee Bridges joins a fellow attendee, Jessica Platt at World Burn Congress

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.

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One of the latest in a growing number of media outlets to cover NFPA&#39;s new Sparky&#39;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&#39;s Wish List  is an online registry that brings together fire

departments and community members to support life-saving fire safety

education programs.&#0160;

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.


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