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What If Firefighters Teamed Up With Santa for National Chimney Safety Week?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on September 28, 2013

“What If Firefighters Teamed Up With Santa for National Chimney Safety Week?” by Linda Martin Andersen

“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

September 30-October 6, 2013 is National Chimney Safety Week.

Fire Prevention Week is the following week.  

A local firefighter recommended these fire safety websites:

National Firefighters Protection Association provides tools, tips, and resources at http://www.nfpa.org/ 

“Prevent Kitchen Fires” is this year’s fire safety theme.  Visit Sparky, The Fire Dog, and Aunt Dottie for a fire safety video and song for kids:  http://www.nfpa.org/press-room/news-releases/2013/nfpa-offers-tools-tips-and-resources-for-octobers-fire-prevention-week

Heating Safety tips are available at http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/Safety%20tip%20sheets/heating_safety.pdf

Chimney Safety Institute of America offers tips for homeowners here:   http://www.csia.org/

Just for fun, I asked myself…

Q:  Who would a firefighter team up with to promote chimney safety?

A: Sparky, the fire dog   http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/sparky-the-fire-dog.  

Q. Who else?

A. Santa.  To learn more about the history of Santa Claus and entering by chimneys, check here”


Here are a few riddles about firefighters teaming up with Santa for National Chimney Safety Week

How many of these can you solve?  I hope you’ll try writing some of your own and sharing them here. 


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Question #1:  What did the firefighter add to Santa’s sack?

Question #2:  What do Santa and a firefighter have in common?

Question #3:  What do you get when you pair a firefighter with Santa?

Question #4:  What do firefighters and Santa remind you to keep on hand?

Question #5:  What birthday greeting tip did Santa give the firefighter?

Answers:  1. Smoke alarms.  2. They both check for smoke.  3.  A smoking team.  4. Batteries.  5. Don’t let your life go up in smoke.  

Write a fire safety riddle of your own.  Share it in the comment section.  

Please note:   Children 13 and under are not allowed to leave comments. It’s against the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA)  See:  http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm

Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon.  Bring a friend.

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

5 Responses to “What If Firefighters Teamed Up With Santa for National Chimney Safety Week?”

  1. Linda, I had fun clicking through the links. Sparky’s video was cute. Yes, I just watched one. We don’t often think there could be a fire in our home, so this was a great reminder to clean our chimneys. The chimney sweep on one of the links reminded me of Dick Van Dyke on Mary Poppins. And how clever to tie in Santa with Fire Prevention week. Can’t think of a snappy riddle though. Great post. 🙂

    • Tracy,
      I’m glad you enjoyed checking the fire safety links. Sparky, the Fire Dog, created a good video, didn’t he? I’m glad you liked the tie in with Santa to Fire Prevention. It was a fun way for me to get the message out ther.

      No need to create a riddle unless you choose to. Always your choice. Thanks for your loyal following for for liking so many of my posts.

  2. Dear Linda,
    Thanks for writing this. When I taught elementary school, I invited a fireman to visit my fourth grade class. It was funny because he let me try on his equipment – boots, hat, and jacket. The funniest part was I couldn’t move. I wouldn’t be able to save anyone because I was heavily burdened. I hope this is a funny picture in your mind. My class laughed and laughed. The children also learned great tips like: Stop, drop, and roll. This has saved many people from more severe burns.

    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

    • Joan,
      Thanks for sharing your valuable experience with a visiting firefighter. I imagine your students will always remember the day you wore the fireman’s equipment. I’m sure “Stop, drop, and roll,” stuck with them too. Definitely good to know.

      Thanks for stopping in and leaving your comments. Always a pleasure!

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