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NFPA's new web-based activities for kids has everyone saying "Uh-Oh"

Kids help characters learn important safety messages


By: National Fire Protection Association

May 27, 2008 - The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) introduced a new cast of characters to help kids learn valuable safety lessons in a fun and lively web environment. The Uh-Ohs - brightly colored block-shaped critters - are exceptionally cute, but the poor little things just can't seem to grasp the importance of safety, which leads them and their fans saying "Uh-Oh" as they get into all sorts of trouble.

"Reaching kids with important safety messages in an era when kids are bombarded with different media is challenging. The Uh-Ohs figurines are a perfect reminder for kids to be careful and watch out for dangers," said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of communications. "The Uh-Ohs provide an entertaining way for kids to learn some important lessons while having fun." Kids can visit www.nfpa4kids.org to experience the whimsical world of the Uh-Ohs. NFPA expects fire departments and other fire safety educators throughout the country will purchase and distribute the Uh-Oh figurines as another way to ensure kids are safe from fire and other hazards in their community.

Interactive online games give kids the opportunity to learn about safety as they take action to help the Uh-Ohs make smart decisions and stay out of trouble. Kids are currently helping the Uh-Ohs learn about topics such as such as fire and burn safety, bike safety, and water safety.

The figurines come with a secret code that is unique to each Uh-Oh and allows access into the Uh-Ohs' online world. The world that the Uh-Ohs live in is filled with activities that keep kids busy and where they can put their safety knowledge to the test online. For a demonstration and to enter the Uh-Ohs' world, visit www.nfpa4kids.org.


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