Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

Winter fire safety

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Encourage winter fire safety in your community

Winter fire safety infographic

Winter Fire Safety Infographic

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These free materials are yours to use when educating citizens about winter home fire safety. People are at greater risk in the winter season when they cook holiday meals, display decorations, and may use unsafe heat sources. You can help prevent winter weather-related home fires in your community with these safety tips, social media messages, public service announcements, widgets, website banners and publications developed by USFA and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Public fire education planning

Are you new to public fire education? We can help you get started with our how-to guide.

Statistics to share

The threat of winter fires is real. Use these statistics to help citizens understand the severity and prevalence of winter fires.

Source: National Fire Incident Reporting System 2009-2011

Free winter fire publication

Winter safety tips

Look for everyday opportunities to encourage safety and help citizens prevent winter fires. Follow the links for specific safety tips that are easy to share on social media or during outreach events.

  1. Remind residents about safe heating with space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces.
  2. Prepare to make the next winter storm safe for everyone.
  3. Inform residents about the dangers of carbon monoxide.
  4. Make homes safe from electrical fires.
  5. Suggest ways to safely cook indoors.
  6. Encourage safe holiday decoration displays, including candles.

Social media messages

Like/follow these accounts for social media messages you can share or customize for your organization's Facebook or Twitter page.

Winter fire safety public service announcements (PSAs)

Audio PSA Listen Script
Winter Fire Safety Mp3 (:30 MP3) Text Script
Cooking Fire Safety Mp3 (:30 MP3) Text Script
Holiday Decoration Fire Safety Mp3 (:30 MP3) Text Script
Candle Fire Safety Mp3 (:30 MP3) Text Script


Share these widgets on your site by copying the code below and placing it on your web page or blog.

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Cooking Fire Safety Tips for the Holiday Season <a href="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/cooking.shtm" style="border-width: 0"> <img src="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/_images/psa/cooking.jpg" alt="Cooking Fire Safety Tips for the Holiday Season" /> </a> Home Heating Fire Safety - Check your hotspots! <a href="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/heating/hotspot.shtm" style="border-width: 0"> <img src="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/_images/psa/homeheating.jpg" alt="Home Heating Fire Safety - Check your hotspots!" /> </a> Fireplaces and Home Safety <a href="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/heating/fireplace.shtm" style="border-width: 0"> <img src="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/_images/psa/fireplace.jpg" alt="Fireplaces and Home Safety" /> </a> A Season for Sharing in Fire Safety <a href="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/holiday.shtm" style="border-width: 0"> <img src="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/_images/psa/holiday_focus.jpg" alt="Holiday Fire Safety" /> </a> Candle Fire Safety <a href="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/candle.shtm" style="border-width: 0"> <img src="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/_images/psa/candle_safety.jpg" alt="Candle Fire Safety" /> </a> Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer <a href="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/co/fswy17.shtm" style="border-width: 0"> <img src="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/_images/psa/co2_safety.jpg" alt="Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer" /> </a> Winter Storm Fire Safety <a href="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/winter_storms.shtm" style="border-width: 0"> <img src="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/_images/psa/winterstorm.jpg" alt="Winter Storm Fire Safety" /> </a> Electrical Safety <a href="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/electrical.shtm" style="border-width: 0"> <img src="http://www.usfa.fema.gov/_images/psa/safetycircuit.jpg" alt="Electrical Safety" /> </a>

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The United States Fire Administration recommends everyone have a comprehensive fire protection plan that includes smoke alarms, residential sprinklers, and a home fire escape plan.