Winter fire safety outreach materials

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, and publications.

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

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.

Outreach materials and messages from the U.S. Fire Administration

Infographic: winter fire safety

winter fire safety infographic
Download the winter fire safety infographic English PDF 1.5 MB | Spanish PDF 1.5 MB

Infographic: holiday fire safety

holiday fire safety infographic
Download the holiday fire safety infographic English PDF 941 KB | Spanish PDF 1.7 MB

Handout: portable generators and winter storms

portable generator safety handout
Download this handout and add your organization's logo English PDF 596 KB | Spanish PDF 592 KB

Public fire education planning

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

Social media messages and images to share

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

Copy these messages or images to your social media accounts and ask your followers to share.


#Winter storm fire #safetytip: keep fire hydrants near your home clear of snow, ice & debris for easy fire department access.
#Winter storm fire #safetytip: always use a flashlight - not a candle - for emergency lighting.

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safety tips for fire_hydrants
safety tips for fire_hydrants


During a winter storm, smoke alarms dependent on your home's electrical service may not work during a power outage. Check to see if your smoke alarm uses a back-up battery and install a new battery at least once a year.
During a winter storm, don't use the kitchen oven range to heat your home. In addition to being a fire hazard, it can be a source of dangerous carbon monoxide fumes that can quickly overwhelm you indoors.

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safety tips for fire_hydrants
safety tips for fire_hydrants

Winter fire safety public service announcements (PSAs)

Winter fire safety

Portable heater safety

Holiday fire safety

Electrical fire safety

Audio PSAs

Audio PSAListenDownloadScript
Winter Fire Safety(:30 MP3)Read
Cooking Fire Safety(:30 MP3)Read
Holiday Decoration Fire Safety(:30 MP3)Read
Candle Fire Safety(:30 MP3)Read

Fire Prevention and Public Education Exchange

The Exchange serves as a centralized location for national, state and local fire prevention and life safety practices and public education materials that organizations may wish to share with other communities. Visit the Exchange.

Outreach materials from other organizations

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following organizations as trusted and reliable sources for free outreach materials you can use to help increase awareness about home electrical fires in your community.

More information on winter fire safety