As a child I remember seeing Smokey the bear on the TV, and thinking I dont want him coming after me. So when ever we went to the lake and had a camp fire I would always, make sure that there was nothing on when we left. Just so Smokey wouldnt come after me. Now when we do something I am sure to have no flames going, when we leave the site.

I am reaching out to you on behalf of the Smokey Bear Get Your Smokey Mask!campaign, sponsored by the Ad Council, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, to ask for your support in raising awareness for Fire Prevention Month. The sad truth is that nearly 9 out of 10 wildfires are still caused by humans: 

  • In 2014 there were 7,933 wildfires caused by lightning, but 55,679 wildfires caused by human error (as reported to the National Interagency Fire Center).
  • In 2014 more than 3.5 million acres burned due to wildfires in the U.S. of those, more than 1.5 million acres burned due to human-caused wildfires.

Although most of us don’t behave this way intentionally, each year we learn of devastating wildfires caused by careless behavior which can impact millions of acres of forest and thousands of homes.
 
We can also be more responsible in our homes when it comes to fire safety as well. Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires was reported during these hours.
 
How can you help support Fire Prevention Month?
 
Write a blog post to show readers how to be smart outdoors and in their homes – 

 

 

Help Smokey spread the word, about keeping our forest safe, from all fires.

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