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Home fires occur more in the winter months than any othertime of the year. Follow these heating tips to stay safe this w...
12/28/2021

Home fires occur more in the winter months than any other
time of the year. Follow these heating tips to stay safe this winter:

↔️ Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from all heat sources
including fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters, or
candles
🚫 Never use an oven to heat your home
🔌 Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed
🔧 Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected each year by a professional
🔴 Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms regularly

Learn more: osfc.pa.gov/BeFireSafePA

#TestItTuesday #BeFireSafePA

Home fires occur more in the winter months than any other
time of the year. Follow these heating tips to stay safe this winter:

↔️ Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from all heat sources
including fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters, or
candles
🚫 Never use an oven to heat your home
🔌 Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed
🔧 Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected each year by a professional
🔴 Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms regularly

Learn more: osfc.pa.gov/BeFireSafePA

#TestItTuesday #BeFireSafePA

Be fire safe with these post holiday tips!🎄 Remove your tree from your home after the holiday or when it is dry. Dried-o...
12/27/2021

Be fire safe with these post holiday tips!

🎄 Remove your tree from your home after the holiday or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. (Check with your local community to find a recycling program.)

💡 Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

Learn more about winter fire safety: osfc.pa.gov/BeFireSafePA

#BeFireSafePA #HolidayFireSafety

Be fire safe with these post holiday tips!

🎄 Remove your tree from your home after the holiday or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. (Check with your local community to find a recycling program.)

💡 Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

Learn more about winter fire safety: osfc.pa.gov/BeFireSafePA

#BeFireSafePA #HolidayFireSafety

📢 FEDERAL GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The fiscal year 2021 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Progr...
12/27/2021
Staffing For Adequate Fire And Emergency Response (SAFER) Documents

📢 FEDERAL GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The fiscal year 2021 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program application period will open on Monday, January 3, at 8:00 AM and will close on Friday, February 4, at 5:00 PM.

Start planning your FY 2021 SAFER grant application now by reviewing the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and application guidance materials.

More: fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/safer/documents

This page contains links to the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) documents, program guidance and related information.

12/25/2021

Merry Christmas, Pennsylvania! 🎄

Warmest wishes to you and your family from OSFC and the PA Emergency Management Agency.
12/23/2021

Warmest wishes to you and your family from OSFC and the PA Emergency Management Agency.

Wishing you and yours a safe, happy holiday season. ✨

Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner

Home heating, winter storms, cooking, holiday decorations, and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire durin...
12/23/2021

Home heating, winter storms, cooking, holiday decorations, and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months.

Stay safe this holiday season with tips from OSFC and Pennsylvania Insurance Department: https://bit.ly/3sKnwpZ

#BeFireSafePA #HolidayFireSafety

Home heating, winter storms, cooking, holiday decorations, and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months.

Stay safe this holiday season with tips from OSFC and Pennsylvania Insurance Department: https://bit.ly/3sKnwpZ

#BeFireSafePA #HolidayFireSafety

Acting State Fire Commissioner Thomas Cook has been active in the fire service for 37 years. He says the two most memora...
12/23/2021
PEMA warns of increase in house fires during holiday season, advises decoration safety

Acting State Fire Commissioner Thomas Cook has been active in the fire service for 37 years. He says the two most memorable fires of his career were on Christmas Eve, where families lost everything – including family members.

That’s why he advocates for fire safety during the holiday season.

Learn how to #BeFireSafePA:

There’s a dramatic uptick in the number of fires that happen in homes during the holiday season, according to PEMA. PEMA advises homeowners to ensure their artificial trees are tested to be fire retardant. Those who have live Christmas trees are told to keep them watered and fresh. Once those....

A good #HolidayFireSafety reminder! 🎄🔌
12/22/2021

A good #HolidayFireSafety reminder! 🎄🔌

Always unplug Christmas tree lights before going to bed or leaving your home. #HolidayFireSafety #WinterFireSafety

The Office of the State Fire Commissioner regrets to inform you of the untimely passing of Gerald D. “Jerry” Lucia, age ...
12/22/2021
Funeral arrangements set for Gerald 'Jerry' Lucia, longtime Mt. Pleasant mayor and fire chief

The Office of the State Fire Commissioner regrets to inform you of the untimely passing of Gerald D. “Jerry” Lucia, age 76, on December 17, 2021. He was the fire chief of the Mount Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department in Westmoreland County. Chief Lucia suffered a cardiac event after returning from a fire.

Please join us in expressing our condolences to his family, his fire department family, and all those who knew him.

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Gerald “Jerry” Lucia, the longtime Mt. Pleasant mayor and fire chief, who died unexpectedly at his home Friday. Friends of Lucia, 76, will be received in the Brooks Funeral Home, Inc. at 406 E. Washington St., Mount Pleasant from 6 to 8 p.m. M...

State Officials Offer Home Holiday Safety Tips - LevittownNow.com
12/21/2021
State Officials Offer Home Holiday Safety Tips - LevittownNow.com

State Officials Offer Home Holiday Safety Tips - LevittownNow.com

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner today are highlighting the common dangers associated with holiday décor ranging from dehydrated Christmas trees to unattended candles to decorative outside lighting.

Have fun while learning about holiday fire safety on #CrosswordPuzzleDay! Can you solve the puzzle?Learn more: osfc.pa.g...
12/21/2021

Have fun while learning about holiday fire safety on #CrosswordPuzzleDay! Can you solve the puzzle?

Learn more: osfc.pa.gov/BeFireSafePA

#BeFireSafePA #TestItTuesday

Have fun while learning about holiday fire safety on #CrosswordPuzzleDay! Can you solve the puzzle?

Learn more: osfc.pa.gov/BeFireSafePA

#BeFireSafePA #TestItTuesday

12/21/2021

Happy Winter Solstice! ❄️

Celebrate the first day of winter by learning about winter weather safety: ready.gov/winter-weather

12/20/2021

📸 #FlashbackFriday of PEMA and Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner staff in our ugly sweaters 2️⃣ years ago.

PEMA and OSFC wish you and yours happy holidays!

#UglySweaterDay

Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Westmoreland County Firefighter
12/20/2021
Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Westmoreland County Firefighter

Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Westmoreland County Firefighter

Gov. Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings, and grounds in Westmoreland County to fly at half-staff immediately in honor of Mount Pleasant Mayor and Fire Chief Gerald “Jerry” Lucia.

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12/17/2021

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There are only a few more shipping days left before Christmas. Consider giving the gift of fire safety - the gift that keeps on giving. #HolidaySafety #GiftIdea

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. 🥘🫕🍳🧁 Remember these tips while cooking over the holid...
12/15/2021

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. 🥘🫕🍳🧁 Remember these tips while cooking over the holidays.

Learn more: osfc.pa.gov/BeFireSafePA

#NationalCupcakeDay #BeFireSafePA

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. 🥘🫕🍳🧁 Remember these tips while cooking over the holidays.

Learn more: osfc.pa.gov/BeFireSafePA

#NationalCupcakeDay #BeFireSafePA

12/15/2021

Also remember to test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms! Working smoke alarms save lives.

#BeFireSafePA #HolidayFireSafety

Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Union County Firefighter
12/14/2021
Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Union County Firefighter

Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Union County Firefighter

Gov. Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings, and grounds in Union County to fly at half-staff immediately in honor of firefighter Tod “Cleever” Steese, of the Mifflinburg Fire Department.

The Office of the State Fire Commissioner regrets to inform you of the untimely passing of Tod “Cleever” Steese, age 61,...
12/14/2021
Obituary for Tod "Cleever" M. Steese | Roupp Funeral Home

The Office of the State Fire Commissioner regrets to inform you of the untimely passing of Tod “Cleever” Steese, age 61, firefighter of the Mifflinburg Hose Company, Union County, on December 12, 2021.

Firefighter Steese passed away after being on a fire call.

Please join us in expressing our condolences to his family, his fire department family, and all those who knew him.

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12/13/2021
12/09/2021

Do you have winter supplies in your vehicle emergency kit? ❄️ Your kit should include items that you would want in your vehicle during an emergency on the road.

🩹 First aid supplies
🥫 Food and water
🔦 Flashlight and extra batteries
🔧 Jumper cables and basic tools
📱 Cell phone and car charger
🧤 Blanket and warm clothes
🧊 Ice scraper and small shovel
🚗 Sand for traction

For more items, visit: bit.ly/ReadyPA-Car-Kit

#ReadyPA #PAwinter

"You don't go in it for recognition, you don't go in it for thanks. Very rarely do people say thank you. You don't do it...
12/08/2021
Norristown firefighters honored for heroism during Tropical Storm Ida

"You don't go in it for recognition, you don't go in it for thanks. Very rarely do people say thank you. You don't do it for that," said volunteer firefighter Gregory Scott.

"You do it because you want to help out your community."

"You don't go in it for recognition...You do it because you want to help out your community," one firefighter said.

Yesterday Acting State Fire Commissioner Thomas Cook attended the annual swearing in of company officers for Allison H &...
12/08/2021

Yesterday Acting State Fire Commissioner Thomas Cook attended the annual swearing in of company officers for Allison H & L No. 2 in Harrisburg. Cook swore in the new officers for the upcoming year.

Yesterday Acting State Fire Commissioner Thomas Cook attended the annual swearing in of company officers for Allison H & L No. 2 in Harrisburg. Cook swore in the new officers for the upcoming year.

Decorating for the holidays with festive lights? 🎄 Remember these 5⃣ tips to #BeFireSafePA!Learn more from the National ...
12/07/2021

Decorating for the holidays with festive lights? 🎄 Remember these 5⃣ tips to #BeFireSafePA!

Learn more from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): bit.ly/2M1qUq0

#TestItTuesday #HolidayFireSafety

Decorating for the holidays with festive lights? 🎄 Remember these 5⃣ tips to #BeFireSafePA!

Learn more from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): bit.ly/2M1qUq0

#TestItTuesday #HolidayFireSafety

Today is National Cookie Day! 🍪 When you're baking your cookies, make sure you check on them regularly to prevent a fire...
12/04/2021

Today is National Cookie Day! 🍪 When you're baking your cookies, make sure you check on them regularly to prevent a fire.

Also make sure your smoke alarms are working before baking.

#NationalCookieDay #BeFireSafePA

Today is National Cookie Day! 🍪 When you're baking your cookies, make sure you check on them regularly to prevent a fire.

Also make sure your smoke alarms are working before baking.

#NationalCookieDay #BeFireSafePA

As it gets colder outside, remember these pet fire safety tips:🚫 Keep pets away from stoves, candles, lamps, and space h...
12/02/2021

As it gets colder outside, remember these pet fire safety tips:

🚫 Keep pets away from stoves, candles, lamps, and space heaters.
🕯️ Consider battery-operated, flameless candles.
🔥 Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place.
🔌 Watch pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional.
🚨 Include pets in your emergency plans and have working smoke alarms.

Learn more from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): bit.ly/2UN1yDM

#NationalMuttDay #BeFireSafePA

As it gets colder outside, remember these pet fire safety tips:

🚫 Keep pets away from stoves, candles, lamps, and space heaters.
🕯️ Consider battery-operated, flameless candles.
🔥 Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place.
🔌 Watch pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional.
🚨 Include pets in your emergency plans and have working smoke alarms.

Learn more from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): bit.ly/2UN1yDM

#NationalMuttDay #BeFireSafePA

12/01/2021

Are you decorating for the holidays? Festive decorations bring so much joy this time of year. Remember these tips to #BeFireSafePA:

🚫 Only use decorations that are flame-retardant or not flammable
💡 Check holiday lights each year for frayed wires or excessive wear
🔌 Don’t link more than 3 strands of holiday lights
🕯️ Never leave a burning candle unattended; consider using battery-operated flameless candles
🎄 Keep your Christmas tree away from heat sources and room exits, and water your live tree daily

Learn more: bit.ly/2FJBAZK

#NationalChristmasLightsDay #HolidayFireSafety

Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner

OSFC is aware that a different company is the new owner of the PennFIRS reporting software (Emergency Reporting).While O...
12/01/2021

OSFC is aware that a different company is the new owner of the PennFIRS reporting software (Emergency Reporting).

While OSFC will evaluate other available options for reporting, at this time no changes are anticipated, and you should continue your reporting as you normally do.

We will provide an update if and when there is new information to report.

OSFC is aware that a different company is the new owner of the PennFIRS reporting software (Emergency Reporting).

While OSFC will evaluate other available options for reporting, at this time no changes are anticipated, and you should continue your reporting as you normally do.

We will provide an update if and when there is new information to report.

11/29/2021

Did you get a Christmas tree last weekend? 🎄 Remember to water your real tree every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch fire easily.

Learn more: bit.ly/2FJBAZK

#BeFireSafePA #HolidayFireSafety

Enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. 🍁🦃
11/25/2021

Enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. 🍁🦃

Tomorrow is #Thanksgiving which is the peak day for home cooking fires. Unattended cooking is one of the leading cause of these fires. Be sure to pay attention in the kitchen at all times. Download this safety check list to ensure your friends and family stay safe: http://ow.ly/iu1b50GTOHm #Thankgivingsafety #cookingsafety

Timeline Photos
11/24/2021

Timeline Photos

Don’t have a burnt pie crust, dry turkey or worse, an oven fire! Watch what you’re cooking and use a timer when roasting that turkey or baking those pies. http://ow.ly/qu4g50GUMqh
#ThanksgivingSafety #Turkeyday

11/23/2021

Today’s wildfire danger forecast marks the first time in a little while that there is moderate fire danger for a significant part of the state.

It also looks like dry and windy conditions may continue.

Please be careful about starting any outdoor fires while enjoying Penn’s Woods.

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