National Fire Protection Association Day at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

When I was 13 years old I used to love the smell made by a burning match. Not when the match was burning, but right when you would blow it out.

My parents collected match books, so matches were always around.

One day, I was on the telephone talking to my best friend Krissy, and lighting matches and then smelling them (yes, I was a weird kid.)

But this time, I brought the match a little too close to my face before blowing it out.

And my hair caught on fire.

I had to drop the phone and RUN to the sink and put my burning head under the faucet. I was very lucky. I burned off the top part of my eyebrows, and bangs, but suffered no injury. I clipped the rest of my bangs (and did I mention this was the day BEFORE picture day) and when my mom came home from work she did notice the burnt hair smell, the shortness of my bangs, asked me what happened, but I lied and told her that I tried to trim my bangs for picture day and got carried away.

That was the last of that conversation.

I only recently (like in the past year) told her the truth about what had happened.

After that incident I NEVER played with matches again. In fact, fire scares the living daylights out of me. I won't light a grill, etc...I just freak out over fire.

I've tried to teach my kids about fire safety, and just last week Ronin learned about it in his Cub Scout meeting, and LEGOLAND wants to help, too!


Photo of Lego Fireman taken by me in July, 2014.

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort as partner National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) hosts a special one-day experience on Thursday, Oct. 9. The event promotes National Fire Prevention week, with special activities throughout the Park educating families on fire safety and prevention.

What: LEGOLAND Florida hosts NFPA Day on Thursday, Oct. 9. Activities include:

  • Polk County Fire Department (PCFD) at the entry of LEGOLAND Florida with one of their fire trucks, allowing guests to take an intimate look at the emergency vehicle. Fire Fighters will also hand out postcards and fire hats to guests from 9a.m.  – 12 p.m.
  • Guests can compete against PCFD Fire Fighters inside the Park and win a prize (max of 4 competitions throughout the day)
  • Interactive education stations around the LEGO City section of the Park. The various stations include trying on fire-fighter gear, testing fire alarms, LEGO builds and more!
  • The Steve Songs Trio will perform in The Big Test Plaza 15 minutes before each Big Test Show at 11:30am, 1:15pm and 3:45pm

Where: LEGOLAND Florida | One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven, FL, 33884 |

When: Thursday, Oct. 9. LEGOLAND Florida hours of operation are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

How do you teach your kids about fire safety??

Comments (2) -

  • That is a crazy story!   You must have been so scared!  When I was like 7 years old, I was hit with a fireworks rocket that was aimed the wrong way.  Luckily just my shirt caught on fire and I got it off right away, but ever since then I don't like fire or fireworks (or the 4th of July!).  Thanks for brining this issue to light and for teaching your kids what to do!
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