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

 

Halloween Safety: No Tricks, Just Treats

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury.

Do you remember how much fun it was to get dressed up as your favorite action hero, cartoon character or princess and go door-to door- for Halloween treats? Well, your children now get to experience that same joy. Just as your parents did for you, now it’s your turn to prevent Halloween accidents and injuries by supervising your children closely. 

Scary Fact: On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year!

As you’re putting the finishing touches on your child’s costumes, be sure to add something so they will be seen by drivers. Kids can wear glowsticks or carry flashlights to make them easily seen by drivers.

This Infographic from Safe Kids Worldwide highlights some important safety tips to help remind your little ghouls, goblins, super heroes and fairy princesses to help stay safe this Halloween.

Safekids USA 2013 Halloween Safety Infographic

Infographic courtesy of Safe Kids Worldwide

Visit Safe Kids Worldwide more tips on how to keep your kids happy and healthy on Halloween HERE.

Have a Spooky, yet SAFE Halloween!

Campus Fire Safety

Just because you’ve made it into college does NOT mean that you are too smart to pay attention to fire safety basics!!

For most students, the last fire safety training they received was in grade school, but with new independence comes new responsibilities. It is important that both off-campus and on-campus students understand fire risks and know the preventative measures that could save their lives

Overall, most college-related fires are due to a general lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention (and the occasional poor decisions made from alcohol consumption)!

Do you know as much about fire safety as you should?!?

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/

Infographic courtesy of U.S. Fire Administration

Apply these safety tips regardless of where you live, but most importantly if you are living on your own now, this means it is time to be a grown up!:

  1. Always have 2 ways out of each room, no matter where you are.
  2. Smoke alarms save lives.  For the price of a pizza you can save a life, maybe yours. Get one today!
  3. On that note, smoke alarms can save your life only if they are working. Don’t take out batteries, don’t take them down. If your remote control needs a battery, either go buy one, or get up off the couch and change the channel!
  4. Cooking and drinking is as dangerous as driving while drinking
  5. No pizza box on top of stove, will burn if accidentally turned on. Fire spreads fast!
  6. Watch that butt at parties!  A number of fires start after parties and drinking!
  7. Don’t run cords under rugs. They can fray & start a fire. Fire spreads FAST!
  8. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Never. What was a romantic flame can become an inferno. 
  9. Learn how to use a fire extinguisher BEFORE the fire breaks out.

Buckle Up: Every Ride. Every Time. Every Age.

Did you know that 1 in 4 parents admit to not buckling up their kids?!?

What’s even more mind-blowing is that parents who have graduate degrees are TWICE as likely to say that it is acceptable to driving without buckling up their children!

SafeKids USA Buckle UP

Infographic courtesy of SafeKids.org

Based on these findings, Safe Kids offers these three strategies for parents to keep their kids safe while riding in cars:

  1. Buckle up kids on every ride, every time.
  2. Talk to other parents who are driving your kids about the importance of buckling up.
  3. Check that the right child safety seat is being used and that it’s installed properly.