Information for youth and families

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day


May 7, 2016
Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and watch as your actions positively contribute to reducing your community’s wildfire risk. Challenge your friends, your family, relatives, faith-based group or youth organization to develop a project and join others throughout the nation in making big changes. Learn more.

Youth helping to reduce wildfireAre you working with youth or school-age children around wildfire safety? NFPA is a great resource for teaching materials, interactive tools and videos for young audiences.

In 2012, NFPA took a look at what types of wildland fire education programs exist for this demographic and explored why they have remained a relatively untapped audience. The results can be found in the Engaging Youth in Reducing Wildfire Risk – Community Conversation Workshop Findings and Research report, which highlights research and conversations with students and parents who were recently impacted by a wildfire.

TakeAction - Teens for Wildfire Safe CommunitiesNEW! NFPA has announced the launch of its TakeAction campaign that targets middle and high school students living in areas with wildfire risks. The campaign highlights important information about wildfire risks to life and property. Through TakeAction, students can use educational resources to implement local grassroots community service projects that increase resident safety and improve a home’s likelihood of surviving a wildfire.

Kids also care about their environment and animals. In 2014, they shared with NFPA some great drawings that express how we can all be safer from wildfire and keep our environment safe and beautiful! Check out our Firewise Works of Art page to see their creations!

NFPA’s spokesdog, Sparky the Fire Dog®, recently produced three short videos for young kids about the importance of wildfire safety. Let Sparky help you and your family plan easy, fun activities together to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to homes and neighborhoods. Don’t forget to share the videos with friends and family members.

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