Tips for Preventing Home Fires
Home fires occur more often in winter than in any other season. Fortunately, there are simple precautions you can take to prevent most fires. Here are some tips to review to help ensure your safety and that of your loved ones:
If you must use a portable heater, turn it off when leaving or sleeping. Put at least three feet of empty space between the heater and everything else. Never use extension cords with portable electric heaters. Make sure your portable electric heater has a tip-over shut off function.
Never use a portable generator inside a home, garage, shed or other partially enclosed space, even if doors and windows are open. Use portable generators outside only, far away from the home and away from openings to the home, including doors, windows, and vents. Always refuel the generator outdoors and away from any ignition sources. Be sure generator fuel is properly and safely stored.
Install smoke alarms outside each sleeping area in your home. Test your smoke alarms each month to make sure they are working. Smoke alarms 10 years old and older need to be replaced with new units.
Have a home escape plan and practice the plan with your entire family at least twice a year.
Jan. 17 through Jan. 25 -- Reset, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts,
the unexpected during Reset, a
series of programs happening this Friday through Saturday, Jan. 25 at The
Jan. 18 -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Health Fair & Luncheon, Sheraton City Center,
The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a Health Fair and Luncheon beginning at this Saturday at the Sheraton City Center, located at
Jan. 18 -- Ice Carnival, The Delmar Loop,
The Ice Carnival fun will begin this Saturday at 10 a.m. with the annual 5k and 10k Frozen Buns Run in the Delmar Loop. Afterward, visitors will be able to enjoy great photo opportunities with penguins, polar bears and photo cut-outs, $1,000 frozen into ice cubes, a scavenger hunt, ice sculptures, ice carving, game booths and more. For all the details, log on to the VisitTheLoop.com web site.
Jan. 18 -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Freedom Celebration, Saint Louis Art Museum,
Everyone is invited to attend the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Freedom Celebration this Saturday from to at the Saint LouisArt Museum's Farrell Auditorium in beautiful Forest Park. The keynote speaker will be attorney Wayne C. Harvey, with visual art, music and dance performances. Tickets are free, but seating is limited so call (314) 655-5444 to learn about advance and same-day ticket availability.
Jan. 18 & 19 -- Eagle Days, Old Chain of Rocks Bridge,
is invited to welcome back the bald eagles to our region on Eagle Days. Bring the whole
family this Saturday and Sunday to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge,
Jan. 19 --
The Missouri History Museum will present "I May
Not Get There with You: A Multimedia
Jan. 19 – Family Sundays, St. Louis Art Museum,
The St. Louis Art Museum's Family Sundays Series in January will feature Ancient Egyptian art and culture. From ancient hieroglyphics to elaborately crafted grave goods, each week will focus on a different aspect of Ancient Egypt. Stop by the museum Sunday afternoon between 1 and for hands-on art activities and a lively 30-minute family tour through the Galleries. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the slam.org web site.
Jan. 20 -- Let Freedom Ring, Christ Church Cathedral-Episcopal,
The public is invited to come and listen and take part in the daylong readings of the writings and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that will take place at the church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20. Anyone in attendance will be invited to come to the lectern and indicate they wish to read. Admission is free. Christ Church Cathedral is located at 13th and Locust in Downtown St. Louis. Need more information? Call (314) 348-6453.
Jan. 20 -- Civic Ceremony, March of Celebration, and Interfaith Service, beginning at the Old Courthouse,
is invited to participate in the annual Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday activities on Monday, Jan. 20 that will
begin with a Civic Ceremony at at the Old Courthouse, 4th and Market. The program
will include remarks from elected officials and other dignitaries, music, and
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awards. The March of Celebration will begin at from the Old Courthouse and proceed to Powell Hall at
Grand and Delmar for an Interfaith
Service. The service, "
Jan. 20 --
The Eric P. Newman Education Center will host "50 Years….Still Embracing the Dream:
Jan. 20 -- Money Management Seminar, The
Bridge at Centenary
the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20 as a day
of service, the St. Louis Metropolitan Area Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Incorporated, Veterans For Peace, and The Bridge Program at Centenary
Church will host a Foundations of Money
Management Seminar II for the public beginning at 12:30 p.m. at The Bridge,
1610 Olive Street in Downtown St. Louis. The workshop is designed to provide aspiring homeowners with information
about the current housing market, how to address credit and budgeting
challenges, home maintenance and more. Guests are invited to stay after the workshop for the main
Jan. 20 -- Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, St. Stanislaus Polish Church,
A Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
will take place at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church at on Monday, Jan. 20. The free ecumenical gathering
will feature a re-enactment of the "I Have A Dream" speech by civic and
community leaders, music and reflection. The church is located at
Jan. 24 -- Event Greening Workshop, Kerr Foundation,
The St. Louis Earth Day organization will hold an Event Greening Workshop on Friday, Jan. 24 from to at the Kerr Foundation,
Save the Date
Jan. 23 – 26 -- St. Louis Auto Show, America's Center, Noon
Jan. 25 – Free Tax Preparation, Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Center, 9 a.m.
Jan. 26 – Bach Society of Saint Louis Young Artist Recital, Second Presbyterian Church, 4 p.m.
Promoting Your Neighborhood Activities
Is there a neighborhood event on the schedule that you would like noted in the Spotlight? If so, you may email the information about it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Cathy Smentkowski at email@example.com for consideration. You may also post it on the City's Calendar of Events on the City's web site: http://stlouis-mo.gov. The link to submit an event is on the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.
Youth Community Service Grants
Faith-based, school-based and neighborhood-based youth organizations in the City of St. Louis are encouraged to apply for the St. Louis Mental Health Board's Youth Community Service Mini Grant program. The grants promote young people making a difference in their community through service projects. The implementation of the community service projects must occur between February and July 2014. The deadline for grant applications is Friday, Jan. 24. For more information and to obtain an application package, go online at www.stlmb.com.
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis
Department of Public Safety
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