Capt. Spanky meets Sparky the Fire Dog

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  • By Capt. Spanky
  • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Hello Ramstein! It has been a wild week! I'm usually not a huge fan of other dog spokeshounds because, well, we have Capt. Spanky so who needs more right? But when my good friend Sparky the Fire Dog invited me out to celebrate Fire Prevention Week and help spread awareness, I couldn't help but feel a little honored. After all, I've got to keep my adoring fans safe.

So when I got to Sparky's gig at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center, I was happy to see Sparky spending time with all the children and parents. He has an important message, and if you listen, it could save lives. Here are a few tips from the big dog himself:  

- Electrical cords are in good condition (not damaged)
- Appliances and lights are plugged into separate electrical outlets
- All smoke alarms work when tested by a grown-up
- All escape routes are clear of clutter and easily accessible
- Curtains and other things that can burn are away from the stovetop
- Portable space heaters are off whenever a grown-up leaves the room and goes to sleep
- Portable space heaters are 3 feet away from anything that can burn
- All extension cords are used safely (not under carpets or across walking areas)
- The clothes dryer has a clean vent and filter (no lint build-up)
- The furnace has been inspected in the past year
- The chimney has been inspected and cleaned in the past year
- Have an all-purpose fire extinguisher on hand in case of an emergency
- Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
- If smoke alarms do not respond properly when tested, replace them immediately

Now remember, tips are just a few of the many ways we can all do our part to prevent fires and serious injury. If you would like more, you can call the fire department or visit to get information straight from Sparky. There are also many activities for children to help build their awareness as well.

Until next time Ramstein, stay safe!