NFPA and LEGOLAND® Florida celebrate Fire Prevention Week with special activities on Oct. 10

NFPA announced as official sponsor of LEGO City Fire & Rescue Academy

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Winter Haven, Fla. (October 9, 2013) – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and LEGOLAND® Florida heat things up in celebration of Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 6-12) with a special fire safety day in the park on Oct. 10. Fire safety day will feature a fun challenge with a chance for guests to win annual passes to LEGOLAND Florida by competing against fire fighters on LEGO City’s Fire & Rescue Academy attraction. The event will also include a number of learning stations with key safety messages, smoke alarm testing, meet and greet sessions with firefighters, and a mystery build of a giant LEGO mural promoting fire safety.

According to NFPA, in 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home fires. These fires caused nearly 14,000 injuries, roughly 2,500 deaths and $6.9 billion in direct damage. The leading cause of home fires is cooking. Most home fires begin in the kitchen - the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week is "Prevent Kitchen Fires."

"Featuring fire safety messages in LEGOLAND attractions gives children and their families the opportunity to learn about fire safety as part of an entertaining park experience," said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. "Families can use the information learned at LEGOLAND to take action at home to protect themselves from fire, such as making sure they have working smoke alarms and testing them monthly."

The fire safety event kicks off NFPA as the official partner of LEGO City’s Fire & Rescue Academy, adding to their existing partnership of The Big Test live action show.

"LEGOLAND Florida is thrilled to expand on an already exciting partnership with the NFPA where we can together combine fun and fire safety education to families in an interactive way," said Samantha Lane, Public Relations Representative of LEGOLAND Florida.

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 U.S.

These activities add to the current line-up of more than 50 rides, shows and attractions at LEGOLAND Florida all geared to families with children ages 2 to 12. For more information on these events, visit www.nfpa.org/legoland or www.legoland.com.

About LEGOLAND Florida
Legoland FloridaLEGOLAND® 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 five 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 dynamic growth over the last five years. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 99 attractions, eight hotels/three holiday villages in 22 countries and across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 54 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 22,000 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 proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925. Visit www.firepreventionweek.org for more safety information.

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 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. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

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

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Telephone: +1 617 770-3000 Fax: +1 617 770-0700