Keep Your Community Safe this Holiday Season

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

The holidays are quickly approaching. Fire Corps programs can utilize these safety tips and information to help prepare your community to ensure a safe and happy holiday season for all.
 
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.
 
National Fire Protection Association: Project Holiday
This online toolkit offers your department materials to conduct a comprehensive holiday safety campaign, including a news release template, talking points, NFPA reports, tips sheets, gift and tree tags, and safety videos.
 
U.S. Fire Administration: A Season for Sharing in Fire Safety
Find tips for Christmas tree safety, holiday lights, holiday decorations, and candle care.
 
ASPCA: Holiday Safety Tips
Keep the furry members of your family safe this holiday season with these tips from the ASPCA.
 
Home Safety Council: Safety Guide
Find tips, resources, and step by step instructions for the community on a variety of topics to keep the home safe this holiday season, such as Winter Safety, Preparing for Holiday Guests, Holiday Electrical Safety, Christmas Tree Safety, Cooking Safety, and How to Use a Fire Extinguisher.
 
Find more fire prevention resources and tips at www.firecorps.org/prevention.
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