With the December, January, and February representing the leading months for home fires, fire departments typically work to better educate their communities about potential fire hazards during the winter months and ways to reduce associated risks. This winter season, however, many departments are wondering how they can reach out to residents during the pandemic.

With those concerns in mind, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is hosting a Facebook Live event on Monday, November 16, offering tips and suggestions for safely and effectively communicating winter fire safety messages to communities amidst COVID-19. The discussion will be led by Lt. Michael O. McLeieer, past president of the Michigan State Firemen’s Association, Andrea Vastis, senior director of public education at NFPA, Teresa Neal, fire program specialist at the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), and Blaise Harris, fire and life safety educator at the Rocky Mount (NC) Fire Department. Registration is not required. The event will be broadcast live on the NVFC’s Facebook page (@nvfc1) on November 16 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. Mark your calendar for this lively, informational event: Winter Fire Safety: Engaging & Educating Your Community During COVID-19