The Department of Fire Services has several public awareness campaigns to promote fire and life safety. The campaigns each come with toolkits for local fire departments and fire and life safety educators. The campaigns address important fire safety issues and are designed to help people learn to keep themselves and their families safe from fire. It is important for us to communicate a consistent and accurate message about fire safety.
Keep Warm, Keep Safe Winter Home Heating Campaign
Since the Keep Warm, Keep Safe winter home heating campaign started in 2008, home heating fires have dropped 50%. Yet heating is still a major cause of home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. The Keep Warm, Keep Safe campaign addresses having furnaces and chimneys cleaned and inspected by licensed professionals to prevent problems, installing and maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and using heating equipment safely. There is a tool kit for fire departments and life safety educators.
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Cooking Fire Safety Campaign
Cooking is the #1 cause of fires and related in injuries in the home. This campaign features two key messages. Prevent cooking fires by staying in the kitchen when cooking or "Stand By Your Pan" and the best way to put out a stove-top fire is to "Put A Lid On It". This campaign features three fire house chefs who share their favorite recipes and cooking fire safety tips. There is a tool kit for fire departments and life safety educators.
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Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With
While most people know they should have working smoke alarms, many people are not aware that smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years. This campaign reminds the public that smoke alarms don't last forever. Having working smoke alarms on every level of the home is so important because missing or disabled smoke alarms contribute to so many fire deaths. The theme of the campaign is "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With" and has a toolkit for fire departments and fire educators.
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Breathe Easy: Home Oxygen Fire Safety Campaign
As more and more people are bringing medical oxygen into the home, they need to understand the new fire risks they also bring into the home. Physicians and other caregivers play a key role in educating patients about the safe use of oxygen. DFS has resources for patients, physcians, families, firefighters and other caregivers to learn about the new fire safety risks of bringing medical oxygen into the home and how to use it safely.