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“What’s the difference between ‘Put a Freeze on Winter Fires’ and ‘Project Holiday’?” That’s the question a few people have recently asked, and it’s one that’s worth clarifying, since there are some key differences between the two programs (as well as some crossover). WinterFreeze14Banner

Our “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign with USFA promotes winter fire safety directly to the public, addressing the leading causes of fires and other hazards during the colder months and holiday season. This includes home heating, cooking, holiday decorating and carbon monoxide poisoning. The campaign runs from November through March, and features regular updates on both organizations’ websites.

Project Holiday banner“Project Holiday” - a program that’s hosted each year by our Public Education division - works to communicate holiday fire safety messaging through local fire departments. It provides a wide range of resources and information for fire departments to promote holiday-related fire safety in their communities. Materials include sample news releases, media advisories, and letters to the editor. “Project Holiday” also features a parent page with suggested family activities, along with age-appropriate games and activities for kids.

What “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” and “Project Holiday” have in common is a commitment to educating the public about simple ways to stay safe from fire this holiday season. Check out both programs to find a wealth of related tips, information and resources.




Campus Firewatch, which works to improve fire safety at schools and in communities, has found a creative way to talk about the importance of smoke alarms.


Its “[Smoke Alarms, Every House, Every Floor |]” video was developed using VideoScribe software, which creates whiteboard animation for visual storytelling. Through fast-paced illustrations and writing, the video explains the importance of having working smoke alarms on every floor of the home.

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Wreath's single red light bulb reminds residents about fire hazards

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Let NFPA held you get prepared for winter safety


!|border=0|src=|alt=Kellyransdell head shot|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Kellyransdell head shot|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d0a6c59e970c img-responsive!As a regional advisor to NFPA’s Public Education Division, I spend much of my time helping state educators develop the most educationally sound fire and life safety information they can for the public. One of the many rewarding parts of my job is when an educator finds a new approach for getting an audience enthusiastic about safety.


Captain Ben Hammond of the Sheridan Fire Department in Sheridan, Arkansas, has had that experience. His department conducts fire prevention assemblies throughout the year for approximately 1,400 students from grades Pre-K through 6. He told me that he recently showed "What’s That Sound?," NFPA’s fire safety video with Recess Monkey and Sparky the Fire Dog, for the first time to 200 third graders at Sheridan Intermediate School. “The results were awesome,” he said. “Watching the kids sing along and copy the moves of Recess Monkey was not only fun but satisfying. I know the message was being received.”


!|src=|alt=Kelly blog photo 12.10.14|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Kelly blog photo 12.10.14|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb07c1d9b0970d img-responsive!Captain Hammond said a bonus was the response he got from Sheridan Intermediate School Principal Annette Neely. He said she didn’t know that Sparky's School House website materials are aligned to Common Core State Standards and was impressed.

As public educators we often provide messaging to groups who’ve heard it before. But as long as we have tools that help us present the message to the public creatively, we’ll have new ways to pique their curiosity, get them interested in learning more and help them make good choices when it comes to their safety.

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!NFPA is on the lookout for innovative educators

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!In November's issue of Safety Source; carbon monoxide community toolkit, tip sheets that can be customized, Thanksgiving activities & more

!|src=|alt=|style=margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; width: 80px; display: block; max-width: 100%;!Put a freeze on cooking fires this winter and holiday season

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