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The largest literary celebration in the world is taking place this month in schools, libraries, and bookstores, and Sparky the Fire Dog® can help kids be part of it. Organized by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month, which takes place every April, is designed to increase awareness and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Safety Source
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Firefighters across Durham, Ontario, are launching a three-week campaign on Monday to educate residents about fire safety using an approach they haven’t tried before. “You have a better chance of having a fire in your home than winning the lottery, but people are buying lottery tickets and not installing smoke... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Safety Source
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A centerpiece of Jewish life, Shabbat is observed every week by families throughout the world. Planning is required for the day of rest and celebration. Fire safety should be an important element of the preparation. The Shabbat Fire Safety tips sheet includes messages on smoke alarms, escape planning and the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Safety Source
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A father and his seven children–six years old to the teens–were found dead in their one-story home in Maryland this week. Relatives said the father had been trying to keep the family warm with a generator after the power was cut because of an outstanding bill. According to WISH-TV, Lloyd... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Safety Source
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NFPA has two new employees in the Public Education Division serving as regional education specialists. Meredith Hawes (left) will cover the central region and Mid-Atlantic States. Kelly Ransdell will cover the southern United States and New England region. Meredith was an NFPA public education advisor for the central region of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Safety Source
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In Brunswick County, North Carolina, five people have died in fires in the past month. According to WECT-TV, four of those people died in homes without working smoke alarms. In response, more than 150 people came together on a recent Saturday–firefighters and members of the community–to make sure residents have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Safety Source
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It’s a longstanding tradition. The women in my family spend the day before Easter in the kitchen preparing a feast to be enjoyed after church service the next day. My mother prepares the glazed ham and vegetables. My aunt and cousins make corn pudding, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Safety Source
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When the first day of spring arrives on March 20, many of us will turn our attention to that annual rite of passage–spring cleaning. As we decide which home cleaning projects to tackle in what order, let’s add fire safety to the checklist. Take a few minutes to read through... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Safety Source
PBS kids star SteveSongs has teamed up with NFPA again for a new music video about firefighters. "Firefighters Are on Their Way," on Sparky's School House, teaches kids about the important job firefighters do and the role they play as community helpers. Geared for preschool to grade 1 students, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Safety Source
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Annmarie Pickett, public education officer for the Worcester Fire Department in Worcester, Massachusetts, has been chosen the 2015 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Lt. Pickett is known for her steadfast commitment to bringing fire and life safety messages to as many people as possible. Under her leadership... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Safety Source
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The North Shore Fire Department of Wisconsin is the recipient of the 2015 Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant. The grant will support the continuation of the department’s “Prevent, Prepare, and React” home assessment and smoke alarm installation campaign. A risk analysis of the seven communities the department serves... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Safety Source
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Two people were killed and two others injured after a home in Altadena, California, caught fire on the weekend. According to Eyewitness News ABC7, Los Angeles County firefighters arrived to find the home engulfed in flames. A 58-year-old man and his mother, 86, were killed. Neighbors said they heard an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Safety Source
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Schoolchildren across the nation are not only reading their favorite books all this month during National Reading Month, they’re dressing up based on the characters and themes from the stories. A little boy in San Antonio, Texas, offers inspiration for children reading stories with a fire safety theme, like The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Safety Source
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Children playing with cigarette lighters has been determined to be the cause of a recent fire in Springfield, Massachusetts, that destroyed a three-family home and displaced 15 people. No injuries were reported, according to WWLP-TV, but the house was considered a complete loss, according to fire officials. Heat from the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Safety Source
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Sparky the Fire Dog® makes marking your place while reading easy with his Bookmark Bonanza. The printable page on the Sparky website includes two bookmarks, one completed and the other that kids (or grownups) can color. Not only does the bookmark keep kids on the right page but also reminds... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Safety Source
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On a winter day there’s nothing better than enjoying a good story. Sparky the Fire Dog® has a great tale on Sparky.org that kids will love to read about a boy, a dog, a snitch, and a smoke alarm that needs some attention. “Jack and Firework: The Case of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Safety Source
March is National Reading Month, which is devoted to creating opportunities for children to fall in love with reading and discover new ways to celebrate the joys of reading. Sparky the Fire Dog® can be a great resource as plans get underway. The Sparky School House website offers exciting ways... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Safety Source
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A Cumberland, Maryland, family is crediting a carefully formulated home escape plan with helping them quickly leave without injury when their home caught on fire recently. According to the Cumberland Times-News, the Miller family–parents Eugene and Jeanne and their children–had often talked about what they should do if a fire... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Safety Source
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This Sunday, members of the film industry will gather for the Academy Awards Ceremony. Actors, directors, writers, musicians, and others who are chosen the best in their nomination category will be invited onstage to receive the Oscar, a statuette depicting a knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Safety Source
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I am pleased to introduce Monica Colby as the newest contributor to the Safety Source blog. Monica is a fire and life safety specialist with the Rapid City Fire Department in South Dakota, and former Northwest Regional Advisor to the NFPA Public Education Division. She has been a fire and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Safety Source
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A member of NFPA’s Public Education Division Urban Fire and Life Safety Task Force has been chosen this week’s Excellent Educator by WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. The station says that Minneapolis firefighter Casidy Anderson’s passion for teaching residents in high-risk communities about fire safety made her an outstanding choice for the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Safety Source
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Learn Not to Burn® (LNTB) Kindergarten teaches six fire safety behaviors using classroom lessons, activities and home connections. The free online program can be taught as a stand-alone fire safety unit or easily integrated in language arts core curriculum lessons. The fire department can be invited to the classroom throughout... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Safety Source
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Residents of an Ohio community are grieving the loss of a mother and her three children in a fire this week. Fire officials say that Ashley Mays and her children–a five-year-old and 11-month-old twins–died in the Wednesday morning blaze in their South Point mobile home. The twins were to celebrate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Safety Source
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Sparky the Fire Dog® has lots of ideas for making Valentine’s Day fun-filled. Make a Love Mug for that special someone. This month's Sparky activity would be perfect for a friend, teacher or someone in your family. It combines a sweet treat with a reminder to test smoke alarms. Need... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Safety Source
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Weeks ago, my 18-year-old step-daughter Elizabeth let my husband and me know what she wanted for Valentine’s Day: flowers, a fruit bouquet, chocolates, and candles. I volunteered to go shopping for the candles. I selected a set of ivory pillar candles, laced with the sweet aroma of vanilla. They’re elegant... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Safety Source