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Plans for Fire Prevention Week plans are heating up! Read on to learn how…

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By Susan McKelvey

Fire Prevention Week (FPW) is just around the corner – October 5-11 to be exact. Here’s an overview of what’s heating up for this year’s campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

  • In coordination with our FPW 2014 partners – LEGOLAND®, Domino’s® Pizza, CVS Pharmacy and The Home Depot – we’ll be promoting FPW in the coming weeks through a series of fun, engaging events and initiatives. Take a look at our Partners in Safety section for details on how we’re working with each of them.
  • We’re now entering the fourth week of our online smoke alarm pledge, where families who commit to testing their smoke alarms monthly are automatically entered into a grand prize sweepstakes. One randomly selected winner will receive a trip for up to four people to either LEGOLAND® Florida Resort or LEGOLAND® California Resort. The downloadable/printable pledge form is available through October 5.
  • Our FPW website offers a wealth of resources to communicate this year’s theme, including ways to team up with the local schools to educate kids about the importance of smoke alarms. The site also offers great smoke alarm advice, tips and information for adults.
  • Last but not least, Sparky the Fire Dog’s® FPW page features activities that make learning about smoke alarms and fire safety really fun for kids, while Sparky’s Schoolhouse features a new, interactive storybook app, “The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms”, which is one of the most downloaded apps on iTunes!

For more details on Fire Prevention Week 2014 and smoke alarms, visit www.fpw.org.

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.


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