New App Provides Fire Safety Information in Spanish

The National Fire Protection Association and Cupcake Digital recently introduced a free deluxe storybook app

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: October 10, 2013

New App Provides Fire Safety Information in Spanish

The National Fire Protection Association (http://www.nfpa.org) and Cupcake Digital recently introduced a free deluxe storybook app, Sparky's Birthday Surprise, on the iTunes App Store, Amazon App Store for Android, Google Play and the Barnes & Noble App Store for NOOKTM.

The app is now available with the option to choose Spanish language at the touch of a button. Designed to teach kids essential fire safety skills such as what to do if they hear a smoke alarm, how to be safe when cooking, and how to recognize things that may be hot in the kitchen, the hope is to reach as many kids as possible this year during Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, and this was a great opportunity to make the message available to the growing number of Spanish-speaking families in the U.S.

"We know that kids can be the influencers on this kind of messaging in their home," says Cupcake Digital President Susan Miller. "This project is made more complete by empowering kids who speak Spanish at home to motivate their families to think about and plan for what to do in the event of a fire. We're pleased to be able to lend our bilingual app development capabilities to such an important cause."

The Spanish and English versions of Sparky's Birthday Surprise are perfectly mirrored and are loaded with bright graphics, tap-and-play animations, three modes of reading, interactive and educational games that reinforce reading and counting skills, coloring pages, and a unique sing-along animated song.

"NFPA is pleased to be able to make these life-saving fire safety messages available to a broad audience of kids and their caregivers," said Judy Comoletti, NFPA's Division Manager ÔÇô Public Education. "We want to get as many people as possible thinking about the importance of having working smoke alarms, practicing home fire drills and a designated outside meeting place in a fun and age-appropriate way."

Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12, 2013. NFPA is the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week, and has made more information available at http://www.firepreventionweek.org. Parents and children also can visit sparky.org for more fun fire safety activities.

About Cupcake Digital

Cupcake Digital, Inc. was established in June 2012, and has been successfully transforming children's entertainment properties into enhanced story experiences and learn & play apps, giving kids an opportunity to interact with the characters they love. The Company has created noteworthy, award-winning digital applications based on the Emmy?«-winning television series "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!?«" The Jim Henson Company's "Fraggle Rock," American Greetings' Strawberry Shortcake as well as Discovery's Animal Planet brand.

The company's apps are consistently top-ranked among children's book and education apps on the Apple App Store, Amazon, Google Play and the Barnes & Noble NOOK Store. Headquartered in NYC, Cupcake Digital was founded by proven professionals in the fields of technology, family entertainment, publishing and brand marketing. In October 2012, Cupcake Digital received its first round of private funding and has since gone on to partner with leading children's entertainment properties worldwide and has received five Parents' Choice Awards and two Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards. For more information about Cupcake Digital Inc., please visit http://www.cupcakedigital.com.

[b]About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)[b]

NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization, founded in 1896, is to reduce the burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at http://www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

About Sparky the Fire Dog

Sparky the Fire Dog was created for the NFPA in 1951 and has been the organization's official mascot and spokesdog ever since. He is a widely recognized fire safety icon who is beloved by children and adults alike. In addition to connecting with the public through educational programs, he has a very active website, sparky.org, which allows kids to explore and learn about fire safety in a safe, interactive environment. Sparky the Fire Dog?« is a registered trademark of NFPA.

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