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Twitter_logo_blueOn December 11th at 2:00pm ET, NFPA and United States Fire Administration (USFA) will be holding a live Twitter Q&A all about holiday fire safety. 

NFPA and USFA are working together to remind everyone this year that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season, due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. During the Put a Freeze on Winter Fires campaign, safety information on cooking, heating, holiday decorations, candles, Christmas trees, and electrical issues will be emphasized so that you can stay safe all season. 

To participate in this Twitter Q&A, please follow along with both @NFPA and @USFire on Twitter, and use the chat's hashtag - #HolidaySafety to submit questions that you would like answered by experts from both organizations related to holiday fire safety. Questions may be submitted in advance, but be sure to tune in on December 11th at 2:00pm ET for the answers. 

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Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and related injuries and Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. With that in mind, NFPA's Flat Sparky and FEMA's Flat Stanley and Flat Stella took some time to review their cooking safety tips before the holiday next week. Take a look at their photos from the adventure:

Stay 3 feet away
Make sure children stay at least 3 feet away from the stove
Let children help to cook in the kitchen safely. The flat characters are making chocolate chip cookies!
Stay away from hot things
Stay away from things that can get hot, like this cup of tea.
Let food cool
Let food heated in the microwave cool for a few minutes before eating so you don't burn yourself!
Cool a Burn
Cool a burn in cool water for 3-5 minutes.
Stay In Kitchen
It is very important to stay in the kitchen while cooking.

Take a look at all of our winter and holiday safety tips by visiting

Make your own Flat Sparky and Flat Stanley/Flat Stella and take them on an adventure! Be sure to share your photos with us! 

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