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Round of Applause: National Fire Protection Association

End Injury

" Splashing through the snow " by Aberdeen Proving Ground (CC BY 2.0)

"Splashing through the snow" by Aberdeen Proving Ground(CC BY 2.0)

It’s National Fire Prevention Week, so End Injury is giving a Round of Applause to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Since 1896, NFPA has been working to improve fire prevention through building and fire-resistance codes, education, training, research, and outreach. Its members come from a wide range of fields: local governments, engineering and construction, fire protection and emergency response, insurance companies, and manufacturing.

In addition to being a great resource for government and industry, NFPA is a great resource for the public, too. NFPA has engaged in public outreach about fire safety for nearly a century, focusing on protecting lives and property through education. It has sponsored the annual Fire Prevention Week since 1922 and developed programs to help high-risk groups, like older adults, stay safe and healthy in their homes. NFPA supports policies and initiatives that would prevent fires and reduce their impact, like requiring sprinklers in new construction and overseeing the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks.

NFPA’s official mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog, was introduced in 1951 and has helped millions of children learn about fire safety. He even has his own website where parents, educators, and fire service professionals can find activities, games, apps, and materials designed with kids in mind.

So here’s a Round of Applause, NFPA, for more than a century of fire research, innovation, and prevention. From building codes to education and advocacy, you’re making the world a little safer for everyone.

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