Disclosure: AccuWeather sponsored this post. Opinions are mine 100%.
With the winter season approaching quicker than any of us would like, AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, has extended its continued mission to save lives, protect property and help people prosper with its new severe weather preparedness program, AccuWeather Ready, that focuses on keeping consumers safe and informed.
With a shared goal to help educate and protect people, especially throughout the cold winter season, AccuWeather has partnered with the FDNY Foundation to educate local students on how to be ready for winter weather – with preparedness plans and fire safety.
We attended a press conference this week at the FDNY Fire Zone in NYC and were joined by a local first grade class and experienced the simulation room. One of the most important questions presented to the children was Who do they call if their is an emergency, which naturally they all knew 911. However the next question not many responded: What is your home address? Really made me ask myself does my younger child know our home address?? (She knows it now)! Of course this is important when calling the 911 operator.
Here in NY the cold winter weather just hit us like the flip of a light switch. We went to sleep one beautiful Fall evening, and woke up to snow on the ground! With this quick turn of weather many will reach for their space heaters, which are one of the top leading causes of fires in the home. When buying a space heater, please ensure it is safe for use within your home. Also please be very careful and do NOT leave anything near it. A toss of a blanket while sleeping beside a space heater is enough to start a fire.
An additional cause of Fire which I must say I have done before is to leave a candle unattended. You never know if the kids are playing and toss something, or a pet knocks over the candle. Also a draft from an open window all could lead to a fire with an unattended candle.
Ongoing weather preparedness tips and tools including in-app push notifications when bad weather is coming, personalized weather preparedness plans, and tailored emergency kits with detailed shopping lists are all available on the 24/7 AccuWeather Network, AccuWeather.com/Ready and the AccuWeather app.
In addition if you are a local school and would like your class to be taken through an interactive demonstration on the top causes for fires and learn how the winter weather plays a contributing role please contact Lieutenant Executive Director of Fire Safety Education at 718-281-3870.