The National Fire Protection Association NFPA and the United States Fire Administration USFA are teaming up on a campaign to promote fire safety during winter months. There are typically more home fires and home fire deaths in cooler months. Safety information being offered on a host of topics under the umbrella Put a Freeze on Winter Fires is aimed at raising awareness of winter fire risks and providing tools and information that can be used to reduce these risks.Preparing for a new season is the first step in addressing safety. NFPA and USFA offer 10 Tips to Get Ahead of the Winter Freeze a printable checklist of reminders such as checking that vents have been cleaned and inspected and furnaces have been inspected and serviced.The campaign will begin with a focus on cooking fire safety and heating fire safety. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries and the third leading cause of home fire deaths. November usually signals a time of increased cooking fires as Thanksgiving is the peak day for cooking fires with roughly three times the average number of cooking fires. It also marks the beginning of the holiday season and a lot of cooking. In fact Christmas and Christmas Eve rank second and third in cooking fires. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires. Most cooking fires involve the range or cooktop.Heating is the second leading cause of home fire deaths behind smoking and the second leading cause of home fire injuries. In 2007-2011 most home heating fire deaths 81 percent and injuries 70 percent involved stationary or portable space heaters.For tip sheets videos and other information on how to prevent cooking heating and other types of fires visit www.nfpa.orgwinter and www.usfa.fema.govwinter for an extensive list of resources. Check out the new online quiz and stay tuned to www.nfpa.orgwinter or follow NFPA and USFA on social media for updates new materials and other interactive ways to brush up on fire safety.The Put a Freeze on Winter Fires campaign will run through mid-March and other topics will include holiday decorations candles electrical winter storms and carbon monoxide.About the National Fire Protection Association NFPANFPA is a worldwide leader in fire electrical building and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards research training and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.orgfreeaccess.