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In part three of our "Smoke Alarm Smarts" video series, Sparky asks people how often smoke alarms should be replaced

In anticipation of Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, today we’re launching the third video in our “Smoke Alarm Smarts” series, which addresses smoke alarm replacement. As you’ll see, when Sparky the Fire Dog® randomly asked people how often they think smoke alarms in the home need to be replaced, he gets a lot of guesses in response.

We encourage all fire departments, fire safety educators and others to share this video on their social media platforms, websites and via email – it’s a quick, engaging way to reinforce a basic but vital message about smoke alarm safety: smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years.

(Tip: To figure out when the smoke alarms in your home need to be replaced, look on the back of the smoke alarm for the date of manufacture. Smoke alarms should be replaced 10 years from that date. Immediately replace any smoke alarm that does not respond properly when tested.)

For more information on Fire Prevention Week 2015 and this year’s theme, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm”, visit www.firepreventionweek.org

Source: NFAP Safety Info

Sparky celebrates town and smoke alarm safety

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Sparky the Fire Dog® loves a celebration, especially when he can combine fun with sharing the important message of fire safety. That was the case September 20th when he participated in the 250th Sparky and Patriot Anniversary Grand Parade for the town of Sharon, Massachusetts.

Sharon, which became a town in 1765, is celebrating all year long. So far, the commemoration has included an arts and music festival, bike tour, anniversary ball, a community service project, a historic walking tour, and triathlon.

During the parade, Sparky rode a float, which was sponsored by the Sharon Fire Department.

He reminded the public of the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and also made time to hang out with New England Patriot’s mascot, Pat Patriot.

Source: NFAP Safety Info

New tip sheet reminds us to take care with pets

Pet Fire Safety Tips Sheet

Cat Perch 2Because of my cat Savannah’s insatiable desire to leap on all kinds of surfaces in my home–furniture, countertops, appliances–and her ability to find new and creative ways to knock things over, claw at them, and chew through them, I’ve spent countless hours figuring out how to “cat-proof” my home to keep her safe and my belongings relatively intact.

NFPA’s Pet Fire Safety tip sheet reminds us that our pets’ habits can be more than just mildly annoying. Pets can cause fires. The tip sheet, as well as many other tips sheets NFPA provides, can be customized with the fire department or organization’s name and contact information.

Source: NFAP Safety Info

Burgers, hot dogs, and Fire Prevention Week

Kid climbs down ladder

The City of Elko Fire Department in Elko, Nevada, expects to draw a record crowd to the annual Fire Prevention Picnic this weekend. The fire department and its partners in education anticipate promoting fire prevention and household safety information to more than 2,000 residents and visitors at the main city park.

Fire Marshal Joshua Carson says a key element to making the picnic a success each year is the Fire  Prevention Week material the department distributes, particularly Fire Prevention Week in a Box. FPW IN A BOX

“It’s already pre-organized for us to use,” he says. “We do such a high volume for this event. It makes it easy to put it together. All of the children are getting the same content.  It helps get the word out to our community.”

More than 20 safety booths and displays will be part of the day’s event. Firefighters are scheduled to perform a live fire response and extinguish a live fire burn prop.

Additional exhibits include a fire apparatus tour, children’s hose drag races, live fire extinguisher training, a home escape wall and fire sprinkler and fire alarm exhibits.

Elko is observing Fire Prevention Week a week before the campaign’s official start because of the potential for cold weather.

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Source: NFAP Safety Info

Make the most of your Backyards & Beyond Myrtle Beach trip: Ripley's Aquarium

When you’re looking for something to do following a day of wildfire discussion at October’s Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C., take a stroll up the street to Ripley’s Aquarium. Just a little over a mile north of the Convention Center, the Aquarium could be…


Source: NFPA Wildfire Safety

Redesigning landscape with the right mulch in the right place

With drought on our minds in many parts of the country, mulching is something many homeowners are incorporating into landscape design with other methods to reduce water consumption. I was looking for mulch to freshen up the yard for next year and there are so many options and colors available,…


Source: NFPA Wildfire Safety