Fire Prevention Efforts Enhanced at Fire Museum of Memphis - Part 1

Sept. 20, 2013
Dayna Hilton and Molly the Fire Safety Dog visited the Memphis Fire Museum to see what fire prevention efforts they are planning during some upgrades to the museum.

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Recently, I read an article sharing that the Fire Museum of Memphis received grants to update their museum.

One of the things that intrigued me the most was that the article mentioned the museum planned to add an evaluation component to their interactive fire prevention-related kiosks. If you have ever been to the museum, you know that these kiosks are some of the most popular things to do at the museum.

Next thing I know, I was planning a trip to Memphis to learn more and packed up the SpotMobile with Molly (the Fire Safety Dog) in tow.

Thanks to General Manager Penny Smith, Molly and I were greeted with open arms at the museum, as the Fire Safety Dogs had been before her (Sparkles, Siren and Tango). We interviewed Chris Stephens, a firefighter with the Memphis Fire Department, who recently joined the staff at the Fire Museum. Chris shared with us the upcoming plans for the museum as well as giving a tour. Penny was gracious to let us to share the footage with the readers of the Playing it Safe blog.

Here is part I of our visit to the Fire Museum of Memphis. In the video, you will learn about the museum, what the grant money will be used for to to enhance the museum's fire prevention efforts and learn about the programs the museum provides.

Whether you are a fire museum geek like me, visiting every fire museum I can on my travels, or someone who has never been to a fire museum before, I hope you enjoy the tour and will consider putting the Fire Museum of Memphis on your list of places to visit.

Molly and I plan to visit the museum once a month and interact with school children that will be there that day. We also hope to Skype with children that will be there on Saturdays to celebrate their birthdays at the museum (provided we can find funding to help the museum get a computer). Molly and I hope to make this a weekly Skype visit, should the children wish to have a virtual visit with a real fire safety dog. All this will be done at no cost to the museum, thanks to the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation's corporate partners, First Alert and State Farm.

And speaking of Skyping, should you have a fire museum or library in your area, we would be happy to Skype with them free of charge. We would also love to Skype with your Fire Department should you wish. Please visit to learn more about our free program.

To learn more about the Fire Museum of Memphis, visit their webpage at

Join Molly on Facebook at and follow her adventures as she travels the country sharing fire safety.

Until next time: stay safe!

Dayna and Molly

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