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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... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Safety Source
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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... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Safety Source
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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... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Safety Source
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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... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at Safety Source
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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... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at Safety Source
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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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at Safety Source
Watch this video on YouTube. 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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2013 at Safety Source
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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... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at Safety Source
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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... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at Safety Source
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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... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at Safety Source
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The history of Fire Prevention Week is very interesting. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at Safety Source
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Last week my husband took the boys to swim class. Part of every swim class is a safety tip given by the swim teacher. Usually the safety tips are about swimming, what to do if you are in the pool and you see lightning, etc. Much to my surprise the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at Safety Source
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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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at Safety Source
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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... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Safety Source
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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... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at Safety Source
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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... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2013 at Safety Source
Since its launch five years ago, NFPA's public education e-newsletter, Safety Source, has provided the latest information on happenings in the public education division, activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, Sparky the Fire Dog® and more. Our mailing list reaches fire departments, parents, teachers and businesses. Help us reach our... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at Safety Source
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Check out Sparky's version of the classic memory game, Simon. I was never good at that game no matter how hard I tried. I am a little better at Follow the Sounds. Can you master all 8 sounds? This is a great way to reinforce listening and sequencing skills for... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2013 at Safety Source
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National Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 7. It is time to say "thank you" to all those wonderful teachers out there. Sparky is celebrating teachers all month long. Student’s can let their teachers know just how much they care with our new, printable bookmarks showing “These are a few... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at Safety Source
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I was looking for some Mother's Day projects for sparky.org when I came across this one. Yikes. I found it on Pinterest, so keep in mind that it is out of context. It is just a picture with no explanation. I am hoping that this is geared towards adults giving... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at Safety Source
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Last week I had the opportunity to spend two days in Cambridge, MA, at the MIT Sandbox Summit. The theme of the conference was “Pixel the Possibilities, Nurturing kids imaginations in the digital age.” I was inspired by the talent and expertise of not only the speakers at the conference,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Safety Source
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The April 2013 issue of NFPA's public education newsletter, Safety Source, is now available. This issue features our new parent tip sheet for children playing with fire, ESPN anchor Hannah Storm urges others to learn from her grilling accident, a free printable: 10 Ways to have fun this Spring (which... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at Safety Source
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It doesn't feel like Spring in New England. In fact, it was 32 degrees this morning. That being said, I am thinking positive that the weather will start to get warmer. This month, Sparky.org is all about getting outside and celebrating Spring. I am always looking for fun activities to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2013 at Safety Source
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Did you know there are two types of smoke alarms? An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or a combination alarm (photoelectric and ionization) should be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at Safety Source
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National Poison Prevention Week is March 17-23, 2013? I recieved an important e-mail from the Neighborhood Safety Network yesterday, that I have to share with our readers. Poison Prevention is a Simple Equation: Proper Packaging + Proper Storage = Happy Parents and Babies Unintentional poisoning is one of the leading... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at Safety Source