Put a Freeze on Winter Fires
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the winter months are the leading time of year for home fires. To help you stay safe, here are a few safety tips and information on heating and cooking – factors that contribute to the increased risk of home fires in the winter months.
Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Below are some simple steps that can prevent most heating-related fires from happening:
* Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
* Have a three-foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
* Never use your oven to heat your home.
* Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
* Test smoke alarms monthly.
Cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. Being mindful while you cook can go a long way to helping prevent fires. Always:
* Keep an eye on what you fry.
* Be alert when cooking.
* Keep things that catch fire away from the cooking area.
Jan. 22 –25 – 2015 St. Louis Auto Show, America's Center & Edward Jones Dome, Noon
Rev up your engines for the 2015 St.
Show that rolled into
Jan. 23 – Opening Reception for Moments of Silence Exhibition, Harris-Stowe State University,
The Opening Reception for the Moments of Silence: A Response
to the Ferguson Experience Exhibition will take place this Saturday at at the Don and Heide Wolff Jazz
Institute and Art Gallery
in the Henry Givens Administration Building of Harris-Stowe State University,
Jan. 23 &24 – Winter Rummage Sale, Lafayette Park United Methodist Church,
Church will hold its January Rummage Sale this Friday and
Saturday at the church located at
Jan. 24 – Family Winter Carnival, Soulard Market Park, to
The Family Winter Carnival will take place this Saturday from to at the Bud Light Party Centre in Soulard Market Park, 9th and Lafayette. This free, family-friendly event will keep the kids busy with bounce houses, story time, fire trucks and more! Kids can also explore fun interactive displays by local artists and organizations. The whole family can pick out festive crowns, masquerade masks, and face paint to get in the Mardi Gras spirit. The Carnival will conclude at with the Children's Parade through Soulard. For more information, visit the mardigrasinc.com web site.
Jan. 25 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Church Celebration Essay Contest, St. Alphonsus Liguori "Rock" Catholic Church,
Everyone is invited to St. Alphonsus Liguori "Rock" Catholic
Church this Sunday at for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Church
Celebration Essay Contest. The free
program will include reading of the winning essays and awards
presentations. The guest speaker will be
Rev. Dr. Doris Graham. The event is
sponsored by State
Jan. 25 – Eric Greitens' Strength and Compassion Exhibit, International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum,
Everyone is invited to stop by the International Photography
Hall of Fame and Museum this Sunday from
to to see Eric Greitens' Strength and Compassion Exhibit. The exhibit brings together the best of
Greitens' award-winning international humanitarian photography work. Visitors will see striking photos from
Save the Date
Jan. 29 – Feb. 1 –St. Louis
RV Vacation & Travel Show,
Jan. 30 – Food Policy "Brown Bag" Lunch, Gateway Greening Office,
Jan. 30 – Mardi Gras
Jan. 31 – Mardi Gras
Jan. 31 – Arch Rival Roller Girls Annual Trivia Night, The German Cultural Society,
Jan. 31 – Coronation Ceremony for Poet Laureate, Regional Arts Commission,
Feb. 1 – St. Louis' Big Game Bash, Ballpark Village,
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 GrayR@stlouis-mo.gov or to Cathy Smentkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 at the very bottom of the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.
The annual Hardee's Rise and Shine for Heat is scheduled for Friday, February 13 .Official Greeters are needed at various local Hardee's locations for at least one hour between the and time slots. Invite members of your club, neighborhood association or business group to join you in this effort to help Heat-Up St. Louis help the needy with utility assistance. All volunteers get a free breakfast and souvenir apron. For a sign up sheet and to learn more, visit the heatupstlouis.org web site.
Col. Richard Gray
Director of Public Safety
City of St. Louis
Department of Public Safety
Arts and Entertainment Events