October 11, 2011 – When Sparky the Fire Dog® asked college students to get creative with fire safety, they heeded his call by producing video public service announcements (PSAs). Now, it’s time for the public to decide on a winner by voting October 7 – 28 for one of the 10 finalists on www.nfpa.org/SparkysBirthday.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) along with the Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS) launched the contest during Campus Fire Safety Month in September to educate college students about fire prevention so they can protect themselves in their on- or off-campus housing. Students were asked to submit 30- or 60-second video PSAs highlighting the importance of fire safety.
The contest is a part of NFPA’s year-long celebration of Sparky’s® 60th birthday. Sparky was created in 1951 to educate children, their parents and educators about fire prevention and public safety. Many young adults in college now probably learned a thing or two about fire safety from Sparky as children, and now he’s calling upon college students to brush up on those same safety lessons.
The top vote getters will receive $500, $250 or $100 gift certificates. The winning PSA may also be aired by NFPA in the local television market of the winner.
About The Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS)
The Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS) is a non-profit organization devoted to reducing the loss of life from fire at our nation’s campuses. The mission of The Center for Campus Fire Safety is to serve as an advocate for the promotion of campus fire safety. CCFS serves as the focal point for the efforts of a number of organizations and also as a clearinghouse for information relating to campus fire safety.
About Sparky the Fire Dog®
Sparky the Fire Dog® was created for the National Fire Protection Association in 1951 and has been the organization’s official mascot and spokesdog ever since. He is a widely recognized fire safety icon that is beloved by children and adults alike. Millions have learned about fire safety through educational lessons and materials featuring his image and he is more active than ever today. Sparky frequently visits schools and participates in community events to spread fire safety messages, often accompanied by his firefighter friends. In addition to connecting with the public through public service announcements and his featured role in Fire Prevention Week campaigns each October, he has a very active website and a Facebook page that was launched in 2011 as part of his 60th anniversary celebration.
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.