Guest post by Dayna Hilton
October was Fire Safety Month, but the Fire Safety Dogs love sharing fire safety every day! According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2011, on average, a fire department responded to:
- A fire every 23 seconds
- A structure fire every 65 seconds
- An outside fire every 46 seconds
- And a vehicle fire every 144 seconds
- Fire claimed nine lives every day
ESCAPE PLANNING - Imagine a fire burning in your home, with your family fast asleep. Smoke and heat intensify quickly. Every second counts. How will everyone escape? Without a plan, you may not know the best route to safety.
Create an escape plan and make sure everyone in your home practices it. Plan two routes of escape from every room, and designate a meeting place outside of the home. Remember: get out and stay out!
SMOKE ALARMS - If a fire breaks out in your home while you’re asleep, how will you know? Smoke and heat build quickly, making every second count.A working smoke alarm can alert you to the danger and make the difference between life and death. Install and maintain a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Replace the battery every year.
By having a plan and knowing what to do, you can help keep you, your family and your pets safe!
ABOUT THE FIRE SAFETY DOGS - Learning about fire safety can be fun when you learn it with the Fire Safety Dogs! Tango, Siren and Molly are not only members of their local fire department, but mascots for the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation. They love helping keep children, pet parents and their furkids safe! With educationally sound programming, the Fire Safety Dogs have been helping reduce fire related deaths and injuries for almost ten years. With nine “saves” (helping save the lives of seven children and 2 adults in actual fire related situations), the dogs have quite the experience under their collars.
SPARKLES’ SAFETY SPOT - The Sparkles' Safety Spot program helps children learn basic fire safety knowledge and skills with the goals of saving lives, limiting injuries, and reducing fire losses. Firefighter Dayna and her team of Fire Safety Dogs share fun, yet educationally sound, ways to stay safe, live on the web.
Teachers, students and parents tune in to this weekly 15-minute live streaming program where fire safety tips are disseminated in a fun format for children. The program includes special appearances by safety friends of the two and four-legged type and provides free, downloadable supplementary safety materials for teachers and parents
The program is streamed live on the web every Friday morning from Sparkles' Clubhouse as well as on the road when Firefighter Dayna and/or the Fire Safety Dogs travel.
Sparkles' Safety Spot is the only weekly interactive fire safety program on the web and the recent 60th episode was ranked #11 of most watched shows on stickam.com. You and your furfriend can chat with them live and ask questions about fire safety and the Fire Safety Dogs. Perfect for the boys and girls in your life! Children and their caregivers can join the chat and have fun learning at the same time.
You can watch Sparkles’ Safety Spot at http://www.firesafetydogs.com.
SPARKLES’ FIRE SAFETY SKYPE TOUR - The Fire Safety Dogs and the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation seek participants for an innovative fire safety series, Sparkles’ Fire Safety Skype Tour. This free, interactive Skype activity teaches children important fire safety lessons and is open to schools, organizations and library programs across the country.
The 30-minute program is designed to teach basic fire safety skills and features the Fire Safety Dogs, sing-a-longs, the reading of a fire safety book and the opportunity for children to become Junior Firefighters. Participating schools and organizations will receive a free, downloadable copy of the Sparkles’ Fire Safety Skype Tour coloring e-book and bonus materials.
NEW! - The Fire Safety Dogs recently started another new webpage at www.firesafetydogs.com and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/firesafetydogs. They are always adding new photos, videos, free downloadable materials and more on their pages. They would LOVE to have you as a friend! Follow the adventures of the Fire Safety Dogs on Facebook! They would love to be friends! Lots of fun and free downloadable fire safety materials to help keep you, your pets and your family safe.