September 11, 2008 – Fire Prevention Week is taking place October 5-11, 2008 and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is offering ready-to-use public service announcements to print publications and Web sites to promote fire safety to the public. PSAs formatted for print are available for download at www.nfpa.org/printPSAs; a link to Web formats is also included.
The theme of this year’s campaign is Prevent Home Fires!NFPA, an international nonprofit fire safety organization, has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922.
Fire Prevention Week video PSAs, featuring cartoon character Dan Doofus, will be coming soon to www.dandoofus.org.
The Dan Doofus “Fired Up for Safety” series was created by NFPA specifically for this year’s Fire Prevention Week Campaign. There are three two-minute animated videos starring the very funny blue character who has to learn the hard way how to prevent home fires the correct way. Topics include: home fire safety checklist, home fire escape planning and proper use of smoke alarms and residential fire sprinklers.
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 proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.
NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
Contact: Lorraine Carli, Public Affairs Office: +1 617 984-7275