NFPA and LEGOLAND Florida Resort kick off Fire Prevention Week campaign with family fun on October 9th and Firefighter Fridays throughout October

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October 2, 2015 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will once again partner with LEGOLAND® Florida Resort to share Fire Prevention Week safety tips and to recognize the efforts of first responders during Firefighter Friday events in October. As part of a year-round public education partnership, NFPA and LEGOLAND Florida Resort will collaborate with local firefighters from Polk County Fire on Friday, October 9 to raise awareness for this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Hear the Beep, Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.” Families visiting the popular Winter Haven, Fla. theme park that day will learn fire safety tips, interact with local firefighters, and enjoy Fire Prevention Week giveaways, trivia, a passport contest and a high-spirited Fire Academy Rescue competition. All firefighters and EMS responders will also receive a 10 percent discount on ice cream at the Firehouse Ice Cream store. On other Firefighter Fridays, Polk County firefighters will staff a booth inside the park, and provide fire safety facts and giveaways to families.

“LEGOLAND Florida Resort is committed to educating families about fire safety all year long and shares NFPA’s appreciation for what first responders do in our communities every day,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Partnerships like this allow us to extend the reach of NFPA’s fire safety messaging to more audiences. We look forward to participating in the fun, educational activities scheduled for October 9th, and applaud the Firefighter Friday outreach taking place at LEGOLAND Florida Resort throughout the month.”

NFPA statistics indicate that three out of every five home fire deaths in the U.S. occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Larger homes may require more alarms. At least once a month, check smoke alarms by pressing the test button.

Since 2012, NFPA has been the official fire safety partner of LEGOLAND Resorts. Throughout the year, LEGOLAND incorporates key fire safety messages into various park activities and has a special focus on promoting Fire Prevention Week each fall. “Safety is a priority for us,” said LEGOLAND Florida Resort general manager Adrian Jones. “We’re thrilled to team up with NFPA once again for Fire Prevention Week and to actively support first responders during Firefighter Friday activities at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.”

About LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is a 150-acre interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, a Water Park and The LEGO® World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network all geared to families with children ages 2 to 12. Recently announced, The LEGOLAND Hotel will open in 2015 featuring 152 highly themed rooms and suites, LEGO décor, interactive play areas, a pool and a restaurant. There are currently five other LEGOLAND Parks in the world – LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND Deutschland near Günzburg, Germany and LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London and LEGOLAND Malaysia —the sixth LEGOLAND Park and first in Asia. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a part of Merlin Entertainments Group, the second largest attractions operator in the world. For the most current information, log on to www.LEGOLAND.com.

About Merlin Entertainments
MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s number one and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 104 attractions, 10 hotels/3 holiday villages in 22 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 20,000 employees. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

About Fire Prevention Week
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation declaring a national observance during that week every year since 1925. Visit www.firepreventionweek.org for more safety information.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

Contact: Lorraine Carli, Public Affairs Office: +1 617 984-7275