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Each year, NFPA and USFA team up to remind you that the winter months are the leading time of year for home fires in our Put a Freeze on Winter Fires campaign . To help you stay safe, we provide a wealth of safety tips and information on cooking, heating, candles and holiday decorating – factors that contribute to the increased risk of home fires in the months ahead. 


!|src=|alt=Twittericon.large|style=width: 200px; margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Twittericon.large|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a014e86dfab17970d01bb07bf401b970d img-responsive!This Wednesday, at 2:00pm ET, NFPA and USFA will join forces with ESFI to host a Twitter chat all about winter safety. We will discuss many important winter home fire topics and the ways to stay safe, and encourage all to follow along, and even submit questions of your own!


Please use #WinterSafety to follow along and to submit questions to the chat. We look forward to a fun discussion with you all!</p>




Holiday decorations are a hallmark of the season, but many of them carry potential fire hazards that can quickly turn a festive time of year into a tragic one.

As you deck your halls this holiday season, make sure to keep fire safety in mind. Home candle and decoration fires peak in December, with nearly half of all holiday decoration fires occurring because the decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

Two out of every five home decoration fires are started by candles. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are the top three days of the year for candle fires.

Christmas trees also present a potential fire hazard in the home; one of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.

Although Christmas tree fires aren’t particularly common, when they do occur, they are likely to be serious. Between 2007 and 2011, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires in that time.

Our “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign with USFA offers a host of tips and recommendations on holiday decorating, and for keeping fire-safe throughout the winter season. Make sure to check them out!


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!|src=|alt=SPARKY GET READY COVER SHOT|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=SPARKY GET READY COVER SHOT|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c717a6bb970b img-responsive!If history is any indication, the severe weather we’ve already had is likely a harbinger of what’s to come. NFPA’s community tool kit, Get Ready! Preparing Your Community for a Disaster, can help firefighters and first responders prepare cities and towns for harsh conditions and hazards.

The tool kit includes a presenter’s guide, PowerPoint presentation, and fact sheets on a number of topics, including, home fires, floods, and winter storms. Materials are available in English and Spanish.

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