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Sparky's January activity brings the snow inside and makes your home nice and wintery, without the cold. No hats and coats needed! The steps to this simple activity can be found by visiting Sparky's cool-to-do site. For more fun indoor activities visit and Sparky's parents and educators page. Related... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at Safety Source
Onslow County Firefighter's Association in North Carolina teamed up with Lowe's for a successful Fire Prevention Kick-Off and guess who made an appearance? Sparky the Fire Dog was there to help promote FPW! There were over 900 attendees at the Fire Prevention Kick-Off. There were many different activities including fire... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at Safety Source
Southwest VFD and Emergency Services in Jacksonville, NC visited Blue Creek Elementary to remind the kindergarten students that firefighters are our friends. They also talked about how important it is to get outside and stay outside if the smoke alarms sounds. I wonder if Sparky the Fire Dog made an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at Safety Source
Timo Juurakko, a Public Education Network Representative, in Maple Ridge, British Columbia had a successful Read for Fire Safety event at Maple Ridge Elementary school with a kindergarten class. He said, "They loved the “read and play” version and having it projected onto a screen was great!". Have you checked... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2013 at Safety Source
A First Responder Fair was organized by the Honolulu Police Department to showcase the efforts of first responders in the community in September. It was held on the Honolulu Hale civic grounds which is a busy area where the Mayor’s office and other city and county departments are located. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at Safety Source
Congratulations to my Public Education Network representative in Arizona, Tanja Tanner! Tracy Koslowski presents Tanja Tanner with Arizona's Life Safety Educator of the Year award (Goodyear, AZ) Goodyear Fire Department Community Education Coordinator Tanja Tanner has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Life Safety Educator of the Year... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2013 at Safety Source
We are busy at NFPA making plans for Fire Prevention Week. Are you? What does your community have planned? NFPA has everything you need for your Fire Prevention Week activities. Check out our Fire Prevention Week section for the tools for a succesful FPW! Be sure to visit our FPW... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2013 at Safety Source
As summer is winding down and I see my teacher friends sharing pictures of their classrooms as they prepare for all the students, I reminisce about the preparation and anticipation of the beginning of the school year. Students and teachers everywhere are buzzing around in preparation of back to school... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at Safety Source
Fire Prevention Week (FPW) is fast approaching but across the country, students are going off to college and moving into residence halls, dorms, off-campus housing, sororities and fraternities. For many of these students, it will be the first time they will be on their own, but with this independence, comes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at Safety Source
One of my friends just bought a townhouse and I couldn’t wait to go over and get the grand tour. As she was walking me through her new place I kept pointing out and commenting on all of the fire safety equipment. Of course I got some funny looks but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Safety Source
We are experiencing a heat wave here in New England. Being from the south, I am accustomed to the hot and humid summer days, however, I still am not a big fan of them. I remember when I was a kid, if we weren’t in a pool somewhere or boogie... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at Safety Source
Making bubbles is one of the more simple and fun ways to spend a warm sunny afternoon. They work well on a grassy lawn, outside on the steps, under the shade of a tree, and even in the kitchen. When it comes to kids, bubbles have everything going for them;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2013 at Safety Source
NFPA Public Education Advisor Kim O'Malley with Wanda Willis from Harrisonburg Fire Department (Virginia) NFPA was an exhibitor at the 25th anniversary 2013 Safe Kids Worldwide Childhood Injury Prevention Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C., June 19-22, 2013. More than 400 attendees were expected,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at Safety Source
Thunder and lightning storms happen all the time. But did you know that lightning strikes and lightning fires occur most often in the summer? Know what to do to keep you and your family safe when it does strike! The official start of summer is tomorrow, June 21st and we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at Safety Source
What a wonderful turnout at the 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago. To everyone that stopped by the NFPA Public Education booth, thank you! We signed many of you up for Safety Source, NFPA's Public Education e-newsletter. The Safety Source mailing list reaches fire departments, parents, caregivers, teachers, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2013 at Safety Source
Have you met the Public Education Advisor for your region? All seven advisors will be at the 2013 NFPA Conference and Expo in Chicago. Come by the NFPA booth #471 in the Expo during Expo hours, and meet the NFPA Public Education Advisors. NFPA’s Public Education Advisors are contracted consultants... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at Safety Source
The Apache Junction Fire District had the great privilege of working with the 8th grade Science classes at Cactus Canyon Junior High in Apache Junction, Arizona. During this school year, the firefighters took part in the science of fire education and our Prevention & Media Production Departments took part in... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at Safety Source
We use shapes every day as adults, although we may not realize it. Think about rearranging the furniture, cleaning out the kitchen cupboards or the refrigerator - all done according to the shape of the items in them, and how they will relate to each other. Road signs and markings... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at Safety Source
Over 33,000 firefighters gathered at the Fire Department Instructors Conference 2013 (FDIC) that took place in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the NFPA Public Education division was present. I had the opportunity to staff the exhibit this year with our Central Region Public Education Advisor, Meredith Hawes, and promote all of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at Safety Source
NFPA hosted a roundtable of experts to evaluate what new research must be done to ensure that we are teaching the correct fire safety behaviors using developmentally appropriate practices for children age three to five. The group determined that “cool a burn,” although critically important, is not an appropriate behavior... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at Safety Source
One of Sparky’s “10 ways to have fun this spring” is to make a Sparky pinwheel. A paper pinwheel amazes young children in how you can take very simple items and turn them into something entirely different. It has been so windy in New England the last few days and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at Safety Source
Although it might not feel quite like it here in New England, it is officially spring. With the arrival of spring come blue skies, blooming flowers and spring cleaning. This is the perfect time for a refresher on fire safety tips that should be followed year-round. Keeping fire safety in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at Safety Source
I have two dogs and they love any kind of treats. As a matter of fact, they go bonkers for them. Sparky the Fire Dog loves treats too and it's his birthday so we're celebrating all month long. For Sparky’s party, we made some easy dog treats. So why not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Safety Source
When conducting focus groups among ministers serving people in a high-risk to fire community in Memphis, the public education division learned that ministers would be willing to have a fire safety educator or firefighter give a fire safety presentation to the congregation during the actual service. This is a 10-minute... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2013 at Safety Source
One of our very own Public Education Network representatives had a house fire this year and is experiencing firsthand the complexity and devastation of a post-blaze situation. After his own home caught on fire, Tim Szymanski, public information officer for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, says he will have more... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at Safety Source