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NFPA and the United States Fire Administration, as part of their “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign, want to make sure that everyone using candles for observances, celebrations, and commemorations, takes precautions.


 

NFPA’s +Candle Fires Report+ tells us that, on average, 32 home candle fires were reported to fire departments per day from 2006 to 2010, and more than half of all home candle fires start when something that can burn is left or comes too close to a candle.


 

NFPA’s religious candle safety tips, general candle safety tips, and my video on candle safety provide important information to help us enjoy candles safely.


 


 

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The recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium, a Sparky the Fire Dog statue, and travel to Las Vegas in June 2014 for an award presentation at the general session of the NFPA annual conference. In addition, the recipient’s local fire department will receive a $1,000 donation to support public education activities. Fire and life safety educators can be nominated for the award or they can nominate themselves. 


 


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Many people wait until December 24th to put up the Christmas tree, some because of religious tradition, others because they can get the tree at a bargain or even free. For everyone putting the tree up today and those who already dressed the tree days ago, fire safety is important.


 

Christmas tree safety is among the topics of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign by NFPA and the United States Fire Administration. NFPA’s safety information, including my video on Christmas tree safety help us to deck the halls while being fire smart.


 

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February 7,2014 is the deadline to apply for the Rolf H. Jensen Memorial Public Education Grant . The $5,000 grant is presented annually to a local fire department to support a community-wide fire and life safety education program or campaign. Funded by the RJA Group, the $5,000 grant is open to any fire department–career or volunteer–in the U.S. or Canada.


 

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Springfield Fire Department, Springfield, Massachusetts, was the winner of the 2013 grant. The grant supported the department’s “Multi-Language Public Education Fire Safety Initiative.


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Last week I was invited to be a guest on a news program produced by Quincy Access Television in Quincy, Massachusetts. Host Joe Catalano and I talked about the importance of holiday fire safety.


 

You can listen to the podcast of the segment and also take a look at the Put a Freeze on Winter Fires  campaign by NFPA and the United States Fire Administration. The educational materials are designed to keep everyone safe from fire all winter long.


 

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Sparky's December cool-to-do activity is a fun and festive one! There is nothing better than a cup of hot chocolate after playing outside in the snow, so why not make hot chocolate ornaments for your friends and family this season? The steps are easy and can be found by visiting Sparky's cool-to-do site

Cool to do

 

The Huffington Post recently interviewed a Washington State resident whose home was damaged from a fire initiated by a Christmas tree. Check out the following video, which includes before- and after-fire photos of his house. And don't let this happen to you—please read all of NFPA's Christmas tree safety tips.




 

I am a frequent visitor on Pinterest, especially around the holidays. While scrolling through the holiday decorating pins a few alarming craft ideas involving candles came up. Many photos of candles nestled in pine branches on the mantel or balancing on trees. Yikes. Take a few minutes to read through our candle fire safety tip sheet and holiday tip sheet before lighting candles around your holiday decorations. Candles are pretty and definitely add to the holiday ambiance, but they are also open flames and can cause fires. When in doubt, go for the battery-operated candle. They have the same effect but are much safer.

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I’ve mailed my holiday cards, wrapped my gifts, and shipped and wired special orders to family and friends. But I won’t curl up on the couch in my snuggie to watch my recording of the “Yule Log” just yet. I’m carving out time for another of my favorite holiday activities: flipping through cookbooks for new holiday recipes.


 

As we prepare for holiday meals, let’s keep in mind the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign by NFPA and the United States Fire Administration to promote fire safety during the winter months.


While Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve rank second and third.


 

NFPA’s cooking safety information, safety tips, and videos, including Dan Doofus’ “Kitchen for Trouble” and “[Watch what you Heat | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEqRIqaiksY]” help reinforce important messages as we enjoy the holidays.


 


 


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Safety SourceThe December issue of Safety Source is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find: 

  • Holiday safety tips sheets
  • For the kids: Christmas Mad-lib, Sparky color by number activity and a new holiday E-card featuring Sparky the Fire Dog.
  • Project Holiday (including free fire-safety gift tags) 
  • Remembering When Conference held in Boston, MA

Don't miss an issue! Sign up now and be the first to get the latest information on happenings in the public education division, activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, Sparky the Fire Dog® and more.

 


 

As part of their Put a Freeze on Winter Fires campaign, NFPA and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) want to remind everyone to be careful when using candles this season. According to NFPA’s “Home Candle Fires” report, during 2007-2011, the top three days for home candle fires were Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve. Our candle safety information, Candle Safety Tips sheet, and my new video on candle safety offer suggestions for enjoying candles safely.


 

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I’ve always had artificial Christmas trees, but this year my husband would like to purchase one fresh from the farm. Since we’re in a small condo, we were challenged to figure out the safest place to put it: next to the entertainment center and it would block the exit to the balcony, next to the couch and it would be near a heating vent. A section of the wall away from both locations turned out to be the best spot. With that figured out, the next step wasn’t to go shopping for the best pine, spruce, or fir we could find, but for the tree stand.


 

NFPA’s Christmas Tree Safety tips sheet reminds us of the dangers of dried-out Christmas trees. Tips include adding water to the tree stand daily and getting rid of trees after Christmas or when they are dried out. In addition, dried out trees should be disposed of properly so they aren’t a fire hazard.


When home Christmas tree fires occur they can be serious, causing an annual average of six deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in property damage.


 

Christmas tree safety is among the topics of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign by NFPA and the United States Fire Administration. NFPA’s safety information, including my new video on Christmas tree safety help us to deck the halls while being fire smart.


 

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The holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. We have tip sheets on Christmas tree and winter holiday safety, coloring pages, and our new holiday e-card. Get the family together and do our holiday Mad-lib, Twas the Night Before Christmas. Print the Sparky color by number activity to keep the kids busy while you wrap.

We have what you need to keep your family fire-safe this holiday season. It only takes a few moments to read through our tip sheets on holiday safety. Give your family the best gift you can, keep them safe from fire.

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If you watch your local TV news this morning, there's a chance you'll see Judy Comoletti of NFPA's public education division sharing tips on how to keep your holidays fire-safe. It's all part of NFPA's "Project Holiday" campaign, where we're offering a free online toolkit filled with safety tips, reports, talking points, videos, and fun gift and tree tags to help your family and community understand the importance of fire safety this winter. Get all of the details on our Project Holiday page.

This morning, Judy is stationed at a private home north of Boston, and through the magic of a satellite media tour, is participating in more than 2 dozen television interviews with stations across the country.

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Judy Comoletti prepares to conduct another interview about holiday fire safety with one of more than two dozen TV stations around the United States.

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It's showtime!

Satellite media tour control room
The crew running the satellite media tour is set up in the basement of the home.

In honor or Fire Prevention Week this year, NFPA hosted a series of four contests, one per month, beginning in October. The fourth and final contest in that series, December's contest, is now open and will be accepting entries though December 22nd at midnight. At the end of this month's contest, like each before it, one lucky randomly selected winner from all those who participated, will be chosen to win an Apple® iPad mini®. Congratulations to November's winner, Susan Hastings of Sunrise, FL!

For your chance to win December's iPad Mini, we're asking that you view a new FPW music video - found at www.nfpa.org/2013fpwcontest. Then, answer the short quiz we've developed underscoring the key takeaways of the video before midnight on December 22nd. 

Good luck to everyone! 

Week 4

 

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Safety always came first. I had an assistant instructor who watched the kids in the classroom next door while I baked.


 

NFPA and the United States Fire Administration have teamed up to promote cooking fire safety as part of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign.


 

NFPA provides kitchen fire safety materials with children in mind on the[ Sparky the Fire Dog website | www.sparky.org], including the “Make Your Own Kid-Free Zone” and the “Safety in the Kitchen” activity sheets. Those, along with the “[Hunt for Home Hazards | http://www.sparky.org/simpson_hunt/hazards_2.html]” and the videos “[Aunt Dottie’s Kitchen Rules | http://www.sparky.org/tv/Index.asp],” “[Keep Kids Away from Cooking Areas | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kuknDnhJHc],” and others, provide an entertaining way for children to learn about cooking safety.


  


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Space heatersAn ABC affiliate serving Knoxville, Tennesee, reported that a portable heater started a fire at a two-story home that injured two people, including a firefighter.

According to the news report, two adults in the home escaped the burning building before firefighters arrived at the scene. One had suffered minor burns on his head, and a firefighter was treated for charred debris that came in contact with his eye.

The cause, per investigators at the scene, was a portable, electric heater placed near combustible materials in a bedroom. NFPA recommends keeping anything that can burn at least three feet away from portable heaters, wood stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, and other types of heating equipment. Also, turn portable heaters off when leaving a room or going to bed. Review all of NFPA's heating safety tips.

 

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In the middle of the night, my husband got up to use the bathroom. All of a sudden, I heard a crash. Half asleep, he had forgotten that he wasn’t in our home. He had walked past the bathroom, into the spare bedroom and tripped over some suitcases. In a desperate attempt to regain his balance, he reached into the darkness and grabbed a large dresser mirror. However, the mirror wasn’t attached to anything, and it crashed into the dresser, sending potted plants and framed family photos to the floor. Ceramic planters broke apart like cracked eggshells, and my parents’ carpeting was covered in soil and branches from Christmas cactuses. !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019b0223ed78970c-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef019b0223ed78970c-320wi|alt=Falling Silhouette 2|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Falling Silhouette 2|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019b0223ed78970c!


 

Remarkably, my husband was not injured, just a little embarrassed. While we cleaned up, we both agreed that a nightlight could have kept the mishap from occurring. NFPA’s Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults recommends using nightlights or a flashlight to light the path between bedroom and bathroom.
In the case of my husband, nightlights and flashlights can also remind overnight guests that they’re not at home so that they don’t get disoriented.


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UN Disabilities
Over one billion people, or approximately 15% of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Please join us today, as we celebrate the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme of this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities is: “Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all”.

A major focus of the Day is practical and concrete action to include disability in all aspects of development, as well as to further the participation of persons with disabilities in social life and development on the basis of equality. To make the most of the Day, activities may highlight progress and obstacles in implementing disability-sensitive policies, as well as promote public awareness to break barriers and open doors to realize an inclusive society for all. Also, beginning today, the outcome document of the HLMDD will be available and may be used to provide a blueprint for action to help realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society and shape the future of development for all!

Please check out the UN website on this important Day to learn more and for ideas on how you may participate. 

You can also check out NFPA's free fire safety educational materials for people with disabilities, including our Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide.

 

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Now that Thanksgiving and Black Friday are over, I’ll turn my attention to garland, ornaments, and holiday lights. But before I do I’ll take a few, simple steps for fire safety. Winter holidays are a great time to celebrate. But there’s also an increased risk of fire. I’m reviewing the educational materials that are part of the Put a Freeze on Winter Fires campaign by NFPA and the United States Fire Administration.


 

I have candles at home that I don’t light all year long until the holidays. They’re special. They smell great and put me in a festive mood, especially the ones that have a spicy scent. But if candles aren’t handled properly, they could start a fire. In fact, two of every five home decoration fires are started by candles. NFPA’s candle safety tips remind me how to use candles safely.


 

There’s nothing worse than having to untangle strings of lights that are worn, broken, or have loose bulb connections. I dread it. But lights can be more than just a nuisance. According to the "Home Christmas Tree and Holiday Light Fires" report, holiday lights and other decorative lighting with line voltage were involved in an average 160 home structure fires per year from 2006-2010. The report, along with NFPA’s winter holiday safety information and videos , offer tips on addressing this and other fire safety concerns.  


These are a few simple steps I’ll take for fire safety during the holidays. I hope you’ll take them too.


 


 

Lorrain Carli, Vice President of Communications, NFPA


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