Sparky the Fire Dog seeks college students to help spread fire safety messages

Published on August 31, 2011
Video PSA contest launched by the National Fire Protection Association and The Center for Campus Fire Safety

August 31, 2011 – Sparky the Fire Dog®, the official mascot of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is teaming up with The Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS) and asking college students to submit 30- or 60-second video public service announcements (PSAs) highlighting the importance of fire safety. Video submissions will be accepted throughout Campus Fire Safety Month, September 1 through 30. Ten finalists will be selected by a committee and the public will be asked to vote for their favorite video beginning on October 7. The contest is part of Sparky’s expanded public outreach efforts during the year-long celebration of his 60th birthday. The winner will receive a $500 gift card. For contest rules and to learn how to submit a video, visit Sparky's birthday page.

Get information about campus safety

According to NFPA, between  2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,840 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks.  Cooking equipment was involved in 81% of these fires.

Read NFPA's fact sheet on campus fire safety.
  Download NFPA's report,"Structure Fires in Dormitories, Fraternities, Sororities and Barracks," by Ben Evarts, August 2011.  

Visit the website for The Center for Campus Fire Safety. 

Sparky the Fire Dog was created in 1951 to educate children, their parents and educators on fire prevention and public safety. Many college students learned fire-safety lessons from Sparky as children. In celebration of his six decades as a fire safety icon, Sparky is asking college students to brush up on lessons they may have learned as children and to take a fresh look at fire prevention and safety information that will help them prevent fires and protect themselves as they live independently from their parents in on- or off-campus housing.

“The move to college often comes with a list of new personal responsibilities and it’s a good idea for students to be sure that fire safety is on the top of that list,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of communications. “Learning about what can be done to prevent fires is vital. This effort lets college kids be creative, learn about fire safety and get rewarded for their work.”

According to research recently released by NFPA, in 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,840 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. Cooking equipment was involved in 81 percent of these fires.

“College students need to be proactive in seeking out college fire safety information and make it a point to participate in safety-themed events like fire drills to learn what they should do if a fire occurs,” said Paul D. Martin, president of CCFS and chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention with the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

About The Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS)
The Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS) is a non-profit organization devoted to reducing the loss of life from fire at our nation's campuses. The mission of The Center for Campus Fire Safety is to serve as an advocate for the promotion of campus fire safety. CCFS serves as the focal point for the efforts of a number of organizations and also as a clearinghouse for information relating to campus fire safety.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 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.

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



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