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Put a freeze on winter fires

"Please see the U.S. Fire Administration email below with information on preventing winter fires. You can download the winter holiday fires infographic for safety messaging within your organization.

Thank you for participating in the Voluntary Protection Program."


December Fire Safety Resources

Fire Prevention & Safety News | Dec. 3, 2019

Put a freeze on winter fires

It's fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. Share these fire safety materials with your community to remind them to stay safe as they deck the halls.

Download the winter holiday fires infographic or use the social media cards on Facebook or Twitter.

New heating flyers

Help your community heat safely this winter. USFA shares safety resources on the heating outreach page; like the new fireplace and woodstove safety cards. Or, checkout the heating fire safety social media toolkit. The toolkit provides messages to share, social media cards and videos for Facebook and Twitter.

AFG grant information

The FY 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application period is anticipated to open in the winter of 2019/20. All Assistance to Firefighters (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), and Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant applicants must have an active SAM.gov registration with current information at the time of application, while an application is pending, and when it there is an active federal award.

Before the application period opens, check your SAM.gov account. Make sure you are registered, and your account is active. You will not be able to start or submit your application without an active SAM.gov registration.

Ensure the following items are current in SAM.gov

· Organization’s name

· Address


· Employer Identification Number (EIN)

· Banking information (type of account (checking or saving), routing number, and account number

Many websites may look official in appearance but are not. As a reminder, registration in the SAM.gov is FREE.

SAM.gov registrations are only active for one year and registration must be renewed and revalidated at least every 12 months from the date previously registered to avoid being inactive.

This information should be consistent in all registration documents

If you need assistance with your SAM.gov account, there are several ways to get help:

· Submit your SAM.gov question online to the Federal Service Help Desk at https://www.fsd.gov/fsd-gov/home.do

· Call the Federal Service Help Desk toll free at 1-866-606-8220

· SAM Quick Start Guide for New Grantee Registration and SAM Video Tutorial for New Applicants are tools created by the General Services Administration (GSA) to assist those registering with SAM.

AFG Home Page: www.fema.gov/firegrants

AFG Regional Representatives: http://www.fema.gov/fire-grant-contact-information

AFG Help Desk: firegrants@fema.dhs.gov

Telephone Toll-Free: 1-866-274-0960

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