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Sparky the Fire Dog® has lots of ideas for making Valentine’s Day fun-filled. Make a Love Mug for that special someone. This month's Sparky activity would be perfect for a friend, teacher or someone in your family. It combines a sweet treat with a reminder to test smoke alarms.


 

Need something for your sweetheart? Sparky has you covered with a printable Valentine's Day card or you can color your own . Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this new printable challenges kids to use their math skills to find the missing number in each smoke alarm. The activity also reminds kids, grades 1-3, what the sound of the smoke alarm is and what to do when they hear it.


 

And e-cards are as popular as ever. Wish your friends and family a happy Valentine's Day with a Sparky e-card.


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I volunteered to go shopping for the candles. I selected a set of ivory pillar candles, laced with the sweet aroma of vanilla.  They’re elegant and eye catching and come with a decorative rock garden. They also have an on/off switch and remote keypad. Their flickering flame effect is powered by batteries.Elizabeth is away at college, halfway across the country, living in a dorm. I wanted to help complete her gift list while keeping her safety in mind. NFPA’s Candle Safety tips sheet, in addition to advising on how to use candles with care, encourages the public to think about using flameless candles in the home, which look and smell like traditional candles.


 

The College Campus Fire Safety tips sheet advises burning candles only if the school permits their use, placing candles away from anything that can burn, never leaving a candle unattended, and blowing out candles before bedtime or when leaving the room.


Over the weekend we shipped packages of chocolates and the candles to Elizabeth. They should arrive just in time for Valentine’s Day. Each item is wrapped in paper decorated with big red hearts. My husband will wire the flowers and fruit bouquet. I have no idea what her reaction will be when she unwraps the box of flameless candles. But I believe she will smile when she thinks about the love and care that went into choosing the gift.


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I came across a great little article today in the Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser (out of England) called "Make sure you guard against fire this Valentine's Day." It caught my eye because of its focus on kitchen fire safety in the month of February. So, okay, maybe we don't celebrate Pancake Day or National Chip Week here in the States this month, but we do celebrate Valentine's Day which beckons plenty of bakers and would-be home chefs to take a stab at putting together creative and tasteful dishes for the ones they love. 

Valentine's dayAccording to the article, the Brits love their fish and chips so it stands to reason that during National Chip Week (February 16 - 22 for those who want to partake), the risk of a cooking fire accident increases because of the many hot, oily pans used. Well, the same can be said for those of us doing a bit of frying here in our own homes. Let's face it, cooking with hot oil can be dangerous any time, anywhere, if you don't follow a few important rules:

  • Always stay in the kitchen when frying on the stovetop.
  • Keep an eye on what you fry. If you see wisps of smoke or the oil smells, immediately turn off the burner and/or carefully remove the pan from the burner. Smoke is a danger sign that the oil is too hot.
  • Heat the oil slowly to the temperature you need for frying or sautéing.
  • Add food gently to the pot or pan so the oil does not splatter.
  • Always cook with a lid beside your pan. If you have a fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Do not remove the cover because the fire could start again. Let the pan cool for a long time. 

So no matter what kitchen you find yourself in this month, and especially on Valentine's Day, if you plan on creating a meal that includes hot oil, please play it safe and focus on the task at hand (ahem, cooking!). Save the gifts and kisses for after the dishes are done! Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

For more information about cooking fire safety, check out NFPA's Cooking Fire Safety Central webpage today.

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