As winter is quickly approaching, it is time to start regularly using your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
This new infographic, developed by NFPA and USFA, details many important safety tips related to winter holiday safety, as part of the joint Put a Freeze on Winter Fires initiative. Put a Freeze on Winter Fires provides tip sheets, a safety quiz, videos, and other resources on how to prevent cooking, heating, and other types of fires.
November also marks the beginning of the holiday season when there tends to be a lot of cooking.
With these and other concerns in mind NFPA and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) have launched a campaign, Put a Freeze on Winter Fires, to promote fire safety during the winter months. You need to consider many factors, and in order to enjoy winter be sure to take all precautionary measures listed here. Along with preparing and winterizing your house, you need to take care of your vehicle too. Even if you plan on a trip during the winter season, keep the house warm while you’re away. Winter can be a long awaited season by children, and snowboard and ski enthusiasts, but it can also turn fatal for those unprepared for extreme and seemingly unexpected conditions. If these tips are carefully followed winter doesn’t have to be dreadful, and incidents can be easily avoided.
NFPA’s cooking safety information and safety tips, Thanksgiving safety tips, and Thanksgiving fire safety tips video and other materials provide us with the tools for safety in the kitchen. Preferably before the winter season begins, schedule an annual chimney sweeping and inspection.
NFPA and USFA are working together to remind everyone this year that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season, due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. Gray, who is also an NFPA Education Section director, said during a recent board meeting that Cleveland has a high number of children who leave for school and come home while their parents are at work.

In some areas people may lack enough rain, other areas may have excess sunlight leading to drought, in yet other areas the seasons may get more extreme and severe. Provided where you live, city or countryside, winterize all buildings that give shelter to either you, your family or farm animals.
It may be of extreme importance in case of emergencies and your car needs to be able to handle the rough winter conditions. Never leave it alone, especially in extreme winter conditions such as storms, sleet, windy conditions, extreme cold, fog, heavy snowfall.
This is in case you have no access to your home, there’s power outage or the heating system failed during extreme cold. Larry Gray of the Cleveland Fire Department is growing increasingly concerned about the safety of the city’s children. This tip ranks high in fire safety importance because having your chimney swept and inspected before regular usage will guarantee your chimney is free from hazardous and combustible creosote deposits. Home fires are more prevalent in the winter months due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires.
Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot activity and people at home. Damage inside the house may cost you much more than a higher bill, so don’t compromise your safety.
In addition, many of the parents of these latchkey children don’t have time off during the holidays, which means children are left unsupervised for long stretches of time. The most important thing to remember when you are choosing firewood is to only buy seasoned wood. Follow NFPA and USFA on social media for updates on new materials and interactive ways to be fire safe. Blue Ridge Chimney Services would like to tell you more winter fire safety information concerning wood-burning stove and fireplace.

A pre-winter chimney inspection is equally important to check the components of your chimney to see if any essential repairs are needed to ensure the safety of your chimney. It is an odorless gas and kills thousands of people especially during the winter season, when these appliances are used indoors. NFPA's Safety Source blog features news and information created to reduce fire deaths, injuries, and property loss. However, certain safety preparations and measures should be taken into consideration for cold weather.
And also always check the batteries on your carbon monoxide detector to make sure you can safely rely on it in case the gas has been detected.
A natural residue from the byproducts of combustion, creosote forms during the condensation process, sticks to the interior walls of your chimney, and builds up deposits. Following along with the tips and advice we’ve compiled, make a checklist and stick to it.
NFPA’s religious candle safety tips and general candle safety tips provide important information to help us keep commemorations, celebrations, and recreational activities involving candles safe, meaningful, and enjoyable. As part of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign, NFPA and the United States Fire Administration want to underscore the importance of cooking safety. Winter storms can interrupt electrical service, causing people to turn to alternative sources for power, also contributing to an increased risk of fire.

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