NFPA kicks off Fire Prevention Week and shows support for first responders at LEGOLAND California Resort Firefighter Appreciation Day

September 12th fundraising event to benefit the Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation

Legoland CaliforniaSeptember 9, 2015 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will once again partner with LEGOLAND® California Resort to share Fire Prevention Week safety tips and recognize the efforts of first responders at Firefighter Appreciation Day. Part of a year-round public education partnership between NFPA and LEGOLAND, the fundraising event at the popular San Diego-area theme park features a $35 per person ticket price with a portion of each ticket donated to the Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation (CFDF). Tickets are valid September 12th only and can be purchased only through CFDF.

On Saturday, September 12th, NFPA and the Carlsbad Fire Department will be on hand at LEGOLAND California promoting Fire Prevention Week, which takes place October 4-10, 2015.  NFPA and local fire representatives will be discussing this year’s theme – “Hear the Beep, Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.” In addition, Firefighter Appreciation guests can also board a real fire engine and emergency vehicle, try on firefighter gear, race against firefighters at Fun Town Police and Fire Academy and meet NFPA’s official mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog®.

“We are excited about our ongoing partnership with LEGOLAND and the launch of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign at Firefighter Appreciation Day. We welcome the chance to remind families that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half – and to recognize the important safety and educational roles that firefighters play in our communities each day,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy.

“Safety is a priority for us,” said LEGOLAND California Resort General Manager Peter Ronchetti. “We’re thrilled to team up with NFPA throughout the year, and to actively endorse the launch of Fire Prevention Week while supporting firefighters in our community.”

According to NFPA statistics, three out of every five home fire deaths in the U.S. result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. For more information about smoke alarms and this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

About LEGOLAND California Resort
LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® Aquarium, LEGOLAND® Water Park and LEGOLAND® Hotel. All are geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display, Pirate Reef and Dino Island.  SEA LIFE Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 living creatures and incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails. LEGOLAND Water Park features more than seven slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River. New this year, LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park presented by Cartoon Network where guests splash about in a Lion Temple Wave Pool, slide out of a crocodile’s mouth and race LEGO boats. The nation’s first LEGOLAND Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, or kingdom plus more than 3,500 LEGO models throughout the three-story hotel. For more information, call +1 760 918-LEGO (5346).

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.

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.

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