Seeking fire-safety themed video submissions August 13 – September 12

August 13, 2012 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and LEGOLAND® Florida are teaming up to raise awareness for fire safety with the launch of a The Big Test Video Contest. Members of the public are encouraged to video record their rendition of “Put the Wet Stuff on the Hot Stuff,” based on the song and performance from The Big Test Show at LEGOLAND Florida. Video submissions will be accepted August 13 – September 12, 2012. Visit www.nfpa.org/legoland for details.

According to NFPA, nearly 370,000 reported home structure fires in the U.S. caused 2,640 civilian deaths and thousands of injuries in 2010. NFPA is the official sponsor of The Big Test show - an acrobatic comedy involving a cast of real characters that try to become firefighters who convey important fire safety messages throughout their performance.

“Fire safety is a serious topic and most often fires can be prevented by following a few simple safety tips,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of communications. “NFPA’s partnership with LEGOLAND helps us reach a wide audience in an entertaining way with safety tips and information that can prove to be live-saving.”

“LEGOLAND Florida is excited to partner with NFPA on this initiative. Because of our focus on families, guests at the park will find a variety of fun and interactive educational moments including the fire safety tips found at our captivating show, The Big Test, “ said Samantha Lane, public relations representative for LEGOLAND Florida. “This video contest is a fun and interactive way for families and communities to get creative all while learning some important fire safety tips that saves lives.”

Video finalists will be selected by NFPA and LEGOLAND Florida and the public will be invited to vote for their favorite beginning on Monday, September 17. Public vote will determine which video gets awarded the grand prize of a trip to LEGOLAND Florida to be announced on October 4.

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, 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 with a sixth scheduled to open in autumn 2012 in Malaysia. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a part of Merlin Entertainments Group, the second largest attractions operator in the world.

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 20 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 18,000 employees. Among Merlin’s attractions are - SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The EDF Energy London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK, ChessingtonWorld of Adventures Resort, Blackpool Tower, Heide Park, WILD LIFE Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK, Siam Ocean World and Busan Aquarium.  All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future.

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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