Practice Winter and Holiday Safety

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with friends, family, and good food, but it is also a time to be conscientious of everyday hazards that may be amplified during the winter months. Utilize these safety tips and information to help prepare your family, friends, and neighbors and ensure a safe and happy holiday season for all.

Fire Corps’ Fire Prevention Week Resources
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and Fire Corps teamed up during Fire Prevention Week (October 7-1) to provide fire safety tips. Topics include practicing an escape plan, home heating safety, smoke alarms, candle safety, and more.

Fire Corps’ National Preparedness Month (NPM) Resource Center
Fire Corps developed the NPM Resource Center to provide tools, resources, and materials that Fire Corps teams can utilize to help ready themselves and their community for emergency situations. Here you will find information on children, business, multicultural, and home and family preparedness.

Cooking Safety
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Visit this site to learn how to be safe in the kitchen.

Home Heating Safety
Heating equipment, especially portable space heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves, require careful use and proper maintenance. Together, Lowe’s and the Home Safety Council offer tips to help families prevent fire and burn-related injuries during the winter months.

Holiday Decorating Safety
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission provides an educational brochure outlining general holiday decorating tips about Christmas trees, lights, candles, fireplaces, and more. Share this brochure with friends, families, neighbors, and fellow Fire Corps members to spread decorating safety messages throughout your community.

Winter Weather Safety
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Winter 2007 “Are You Ready?” newsletter focuses on educating people on how to prepare for winter storms, including creating an emergency survival kit and what to do if trapped in a car during bad weather. It also offers safety tips to protect people from carbon monoxide poisoning, fire, and frostbite during winter weather.

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