Translation

Annual fair provides targeted audience for Fire Prevention Week activities

title

By Lisa Braxton

For the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Alabama National Fair, which begins in October, is the ideal place to showcase Fire Prevention Week. The fire marshal’s office rents three booths and turns them into one large exhibition area. Space is set aside for a screen which shows Sparky and other fire prevention videos. The gubernatorial proclamation and the FPW poster are displayed. Tables are filled with FPW brochures, coloring books, stickers, magnets and other items.

State Fire Marshal’s Office Public Information Officer Steve Holmes says the days set aside at the fair to highlight different audiences help his office get the attention of attendees with fire prevention materials.

“One specific day is for elementary-age school children,” he said. “That day we provide bags for the teachers filled with state and NFPA fire prevention materials. Sparky visits with the kids and poses for photos. One day is Special Friends Day. Sparky is again a big hit for our folks with varying abilities. They enjoy the ‘live’ Sparky and his giveaways and viewing the DVD’s of Sparky and friends. One day and night are devoted to senior citizens and we tailor the items on the table to their interests, while interacting and engaging with as many of them as we can in conversations about saving lives through fire prevention.”

Holmes says throughout the entire fair the Fire Prevention Week banner is the backdrop, helping to establish the FPW theme in the minds of everyone who happens to stop by the exhibit.

Related articles

In June issue of Safety Source: launch of Fire Prevention Week 2015, new American Sign Language video & more
Partner with NFPA and Domino’s for Fire Prevention Week!
Fire district maximizes the use of Fire Prevention Week materials

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information


Related Articles

Lights, camera, action for community honoring fire and life safety educator of the year

By Lisa Braxton When the citizens of Worcester, Massachusetts, found out that Lt. Annmarie Pickett had been chosen the 2015…

Donald P. Bliss named vice president of CTIF Executive Committee

The Comité Technique Internationale de Prévention et d’Extinction du Feu – commonly referred to as CTIF – recently named Donald…

Fire department hoists the banner for FPW

By Lisa Braxton Volunteer firefighter Melanie Brown is willing to climb great heights to make sure that everyone who passes…