Putting a Freeze on Winter Fires

Plummeting temperatures have many of us scouring for ways to keep warm, but while you are getting cozy, be sure that you don’t zone out on your space heater!!!. 

Did you know that HALF of all home heating fires occur during the months of December, January, and February? While many of us search for cost-effective ways to keep our houses warm, it is important to remember simple safety tips to protect your family and maintain a fire safe home this winter. Space heaters are the most popular source of heat, however they cause 33% of home heating fires, and 81% of home heating fire deaths!!!1 

Here’s some tips on what you can do to put a freeze on winter fires:

  • Remember the Three Feet Rule: Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Keep it a Kid-Free Zone: Be sure children and pets cannot get close to space heaters
  • Keep it Level: Always place a heating equipment on a hard, level (and non-flammable surface)
  • Don’t Leave it Running: Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Don’t Over Extend Yourself: Avoid using extension cords. Plug heating equipment directly into an outlet with enough capacity.

Help spread the word about winter fire safety with this infographic from NFPA and U.S. Fire Administration:

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Sources
1. Heating Safety Tips | NFPA

 

The Safe Road to Santa’s Workshop

Cheer is in the air as the holiday season approaches. Just don’t overlook increased risks of being out on the road! As you head to Aunt Judy’s Christmas dinner or Bob’s Ugly Sweater Party, it is increasingly important to drive safely.This time around, take a safe trip with Santa’s elves as they follow the cement road to his workshop. You’ll learn how (and why!) to stay away from dangerous driving practice.

Be Safe This Holiday Season - The Safe Road to Santa's Workshop

Infographic courtesy of Road Traffic Signs

The holidays should be a time for celebration, not tragedy. NHTSA has compiled these facts for you to keep these facts and more in mind while you’re behind the wheel this holiday season.

  • In December, an average of 25 people a day die in drunk driving crashes. That means that for approximately 775 families, a typically joyous celebration ended in disaster.
  • In 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.
  • In December 2010, almost 1 out of every 4 cards involved in a fatal crash had a drunk driver behind the wheel.
  • In December, 60% of fatal crashes between midnight and 3 a.m. involve a drunk driver.

Before you head out for to celebrate this holiday season, be sure to follow these simple steps to ensure your holiday celebrations don’t end in tragedy –or get you put on Santa’s ‘Naughty’ list:

  • Plan ahead; be sure to designate a sober driver before the party begins.
  • If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Even one drink too many increases the risk of a crash while driving a motor vehicle. If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.

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Sources:
1.  NHTSA | I didn’t know that

Dangerous Driving Conditions: The Worst Times to Leave Home

With warnings of the potential for a blizzard in the upper Midwest it is apparent that we are not necessarily out of the winter woods just yet.
Driving safe on a daily basis can be a challenge, let alone trying to drive in unfavorable weather conditions like snow and sleet. 24% of accidents are the result of poor weather conditions.
It’s not necessarily the weather that has such an impact on driving, but rather drivers’ abilities to adapt to change.
May I also note that it is important to know that just because your vehicle has 4-Wheel drive does not mean your vehicle has magical powers and does not need to obey the Laws of Physics, this is not a situation to be overconfident in.

Winter driving tips

Winter is a beautiful and also potentially dangerous time of the year, so it pays to be prepared for the unexpected.

Using common sense and developing a few simple driving habits like planning ahead, driving at a safe and legal speed, driving alert and sober and buckling up could ensure that you safely make it to your destination. The following tips to help you stay safe and minimize the potential hazards posed by cold weather, winter storms and icy roads.