Each year the city of McAllen, Texas, hosts the largest Earth Day observance in South Texas. The Vida Verde Earth Day Festival features wildlife shows, organic cooking demonstrations, rock climbing, and hands-on eco-art projects.
Visitors not only celebrate “going green” but learn about fire and life safety. At the festival last month, the McAllen Fire Department set up its fire safety house and presented talks on fire and fall safety for older adults from NFPA’s Remembering When program.
Vida Verde draws thousands of visitors of all ages, giving the fire department an opportunity to reach a large audience with its fire safety message.