NFPA and LEGOLAND Florida kick off Fire Prevention Week

Published on October 4, 2012

Special activities will spread important safety messages for kids and families
NFPA also announced The Big Test video contest winner

October 4, 2012 – Hundreds of children and families filled the LEGO® City Stage at LEGOLAND® Florida to kick off Fire Prevention Week (FPW) (Oct. 7-13) with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and heard about a number of special activities aimed at providing lifesaving fire safety information to visitors that will take place during the month of October.

“As the official Fire Safety Partner of LEGOLAND Florida, NFPA was thrilled to work with LEGOLAND Florida to reinforce fire safety during FPW and throughout the month of October,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Communications.

NFPA announced that Kathleen Marler of Indialantic, Fla. was the winner of a national video contest where contestants were asked to give their best rendition of “Put the Wet Stuff on the Hot Stuff”, a theme song in the park’s fire safety - themed “The Big Test” live show at the park. The winner received a trip to LEGOLAND Florida for four people with two-day multi-park tickets, two nights of hotel accommodations and up to $2,000 towards travel expenses.

The announcement was part of a special fire safety day with a number of learning stations to impart key messages – test your smoke alarms and have an escape plan. Guests at the park also helped build a giant LEGO mural depicting this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme – Have 2 Ways Out.

“LEGOLAND Florida is a place children and families can learn in a fun and interactive way,” said Samantha Lane, public relations representative of LEGOLAND Florida. “Our partnership with NFPA is a really terrific way to combine fun and fire safety facts.”

Other activities during October related to fire safety at LEGOLAND Florida include Firefighter Fridays, where real firefighters are on hand to speak to children and families about fire safety; HERO Days, special ticket pricing for active and retired police officers, firefighters and EMS employees in the US; and the Junior Master Builder Contest to focus on fire safety. For more information on these events, visit www.nfpa.org/legoland or www.legoland.com.

About LEGOLAND® Florida
LEGOLAND® Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions and the all-new water park, LEGOLAND is geared towards family fun! There are currently four 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 just opened 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 is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment, and has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates more than 90 attractions, seven hotels/two holiday villages in 21 countries across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 46 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 20,000 employees. Merlin currently has seventeen attractions in the USA including the stunning LEGOLAND Florida theme park with its new Water Park; LEGOLAND California theme park with its exciting Water Park, and SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium (LEGOLAND California Hotel is opening in summer 2013); Madame Tussauds attractions in New York, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Nevada and Hollywood, California; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago, Illinois; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Atlanta, Georgia; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator.

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 proclaiming 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)
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. Visit NFPA’s website at www.nfpa.org for more information.

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

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