The U.S. National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has teamed up with LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND California Resort for the third year to launch the 2014 “Smoke Alarm Pledge”. Designed to support the U.S. Fire Prevention Week, October 5 – 11, the “Smoke Alarm Pledge” is a promise to test each of your home’s smoke alarms each month to ensure they are in effective working order. As it stands, monthly testing of smoke alarms in the home is something not commonly done in the states, or here in Australia for that matter.

Between September 2nd and October 5th, anyone who completes the “Smoke Alarm Pledge” form will be automatically entered into the campaign sweepstakes. One grand prize winner will receive a trip for four to LEGOLAND Florida or LEGOLAND California Resort including tickets, airfare and accommodation. Ten runners up will also win four tickets to the park of their choice. Sorry too all our friends in Australia, but only US residents may apply – yes, we’re as disappointed as you are!

In addition to the pledge, both Parks will be playing host to fire safety events and activities before and during the campaign to drive home the all-important fire safety messages. “Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Teaming up with our LEGOLAND partners to sponsor the smoke alarm pledge presents a fun, simple way to motivate the public to test their smoke alarms monthly and to help ensure that they are protected in the event of a home fire.”

According to NFPA statistics, three out of every five home fire deaths in the U.S. are a result of fires in homes which are either not fitted with smoke alarms or have smoke alarms which are not in working condition. Failing to ensure adequate smoke alarm testing is like wearing a bullet proof vest made from paper, or jumping from a plane with a parachute with a giant hole in it – it simply offers no protection. So, be sure to test your smoke alarms regularly and engage the services of professional smoke alarm maintenance providers. As we always say, only working smoke alarms save lives!