Children learn fire safety through interactive features
Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 11:51 am
The Messenger 01.06.10
The Sparky the Fire Dog® Web site, belonging to the official mascot of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), has been redesigned to include new features that keep children entertained, engaged and — most importantly — informed about fire safety.
Sparky has been teaching children about fire safety since 1951.
Today, his Web site, http://www.sparky.org, is the way many children are choosing to connect with the fire safety icon.
On the site, children are encouraged to learn by interacting with Sparky and exploring his online world.
According to NFPA reports, each year, nearly 300 children ages 3-9 die as a result of fires in the United States.
“Although the Internet wasn’t around when Sparky was a pup, children today haven’t known a world without it,” said Amy LeBeau, NFPA’s communications manager of public education. “It not only provides a valuable way to reach children on an individual basis about fire safety in a format they enjoy, it actually allows them to teach themselves safe behaviors by interacting with Sparky and helping him.”