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Web Site Lights a Safety Spark for Kids

Fire Association's cybertown offers kids a fun way to learn about hazards

THURSDAY, Oct. 31, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- The evil, dastardly Danger Dog has left a perilous mess in Sparkyville, and it's your job to clean it up.

Sparkyville is an interactive cybertown in which children can learn about fire safety, dangerous household poisons, choking hazards, bike, water and swing safety, and the proper use of seat belts.

Here's where to go to find Sparkyville, which was developed by the National Fire Protection Association.

The Sparkyville story goes like this. Danger Dog has loped into Sparkyville and defiled Sparky the Fire Dog's home, making it unsafe. Danger Dog has left common household poisons in the kitchen, mixed toys that are choking hazards in with toddler toys, left a lit candle unattended, and broken the gate to the pool.

Children who visit Sparkyville tour through Sparky's house, yard, pool and car looking for and correcting all of Danger Dog's nasty deeds. Along the way, children interact with members of Sparky's family, and there's a bonus game for participants who complete all the activities.

Sparkyville is the newest addition to the Sparky Web site, which has other interactive games, activities and safety information for children and their families.

More information

To learn more about fire safety, go to the National Fire Protection Association.

SOURCE: National Fire Protection Association, news release, Oct. 22, 2002
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