Fire Safety Awareness $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Posted on Nov 5 2015 - 5:00pm by Susan Bewley

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Do you know how to prevent a forest fire? Learn from Smokey the Bear & enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card here!


Blog­gin’ Mamas is spon­sor­ing this give­away in sup­port of the Ad Coun­cil, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters and sharing the importance of preventing wildfires.

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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.


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Posted by Smokey Bear on Thursday, October 8, 2015


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 Stay Safe

  • Learn how to build a SAFE campfire to prevent wildfires
    Campfire Safety
  • See how easily burning debris can start a wildfire
    Debris Burning
  • Understand how proper equipment maintenance can reduce wildfires
    Equipment Maintenance
  • Safety is not only important indoors, but also around your property and community
    Community Fire Safety
  • How to prevent and detect fires inside your home
    Home Fire Safety

Take The Pledge

Pledge to be smart when using fire outdoors so you can do your part to prevent wildfires.

  • Understand why some wildfires are caused by careless behavior
    It Could Be You
  • Sign up to Take the Pledge
  • National Tally

And Now for the Giveaway!

One Win­ner will Win a $100 Ama­zon Giftcard!

Give­away begins Novem­ber 5th, 2015 at 5pm EST and ends Novem­ber 19th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.
Open to US res­i­dents age 18 and older.
Win­ner will be selected by and be noti­fied by email.
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Dis­clo­sure: Blog­gin’ Mamas is host­ing this give­away and coor­di­nat­ing prize ful­fill­ment. Ele­ment Asso­ciates, The Ad Coun­cil and the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters are in no way respon­si­ble for the give­away, and only pro­vided the above con­tent to be dis­trib­uted in the form of a PSA.


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

41 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Donna A. November 5, 2015 at 5:46 pm -

    The fire prevention tip that comes to mind is to make sure that your campfire is completely out. I live in the mountains but have never been affected by one.

  2. Shelley November 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm -

    We live in a state with a lot of wilderness and forest. We’re extremely careful with campfires when we go camping.

  3. Stephanie Phelps November 5, 2015 at 7:38 pm -

    My #1 tip is do not throw out cigarette butts and make sure you put out any fires completely including pouring water on it if you are out and make one!

  4. Wes S. November 5, 2015 at 9:16 pm -

    Never leave a campfire burning or even smoldering! Make sure it’s completely out!

  5. Kristen November 5, 2015 at 9:21 pm -

    Great giveaway for a great cause !!

  6. Cindy Merrill November 6, 2015 at 6:46 am -

    My best tip for wild fire prevention is to surround your campfire with heavy rocks- this prevents the fire from getting out of control- and douse it with water before you leave the area.

  7. Kristin November 6, 2015 at 8:01 am -

    I don’t know anyone who’s been affected by wildfires but it does seem like some/many are caused by carelessness, like campfires or burning debris. I guess it would probably be a good idea that you be educated in fire safety before you carelessly start a fire while camping, etc.

  8. Nadine November 6, 2015 at 8:24 am -

    Friends in Idaho express to me their constant worry of a fire.

  9. Jennifer Odom November 6, 2015 at 9:16 am -

    We often deal with thick smoke from wildfires. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be so close that you must evacuate. I hope everyone takes fire prevention seriously.

  10. Anne Burner November 6, 2015 at 9:37 am -

    No tips other than the obvious: don’t smoke and throw your butt away in dry grass/leaf litter. Smother campfires with sand and water to make sure they don’t throw sparks that might start a fire.

    I don’t know anyone who was affected by a wildfire.

  11. Monica Nuss November 6, 2015 at 9:46 am -

    I have friends who were in one some time ago. my tip that everyone knows is put out fires if you go camping.

  12. sue v November 6, 2015 at 9:54 am -

    I dont have any tips nor do i know people affected by the wildfires. i am sorry they devastate a large part of the world every year

  13. Mary Czerczyk November 6, 2015 at 11:53 am -

    I have an Aunt in California who lost her home to a wild fire.

  14. Jessica Fortner November 6, 2015 at 12:44 pm -

    We always wait until our fire is 100% out and never leave it unattended.

  15. sandra November 6, 2015 at 1:19 pm -

    make sure your camp fire is put out completely before you leave the site. a friend’s home burned down in a wildfire a few years ago.

  16. Molli vandehey November 6, 2015 at 3:10 pm -

    i actually feel really scared about wildfires… really unpreoared

  17. Ashley C November 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm -

    Don’t know anyone who has been affected by a wildfire. I guess a tip would be to never leave a campfire unattended and make sure all the embers are completely out before you walk away.

  18. Simon Slavik November 6, 2015 at 4:08 pm -

    I dont know anyone who has this, and do not know any tips too.

  19. Rachel Mauffray November 6, 2015 at 5:03 pm -

    My tip is to make sure the fire is no larger than one person can handle. Make sure you have plenty of water near by. Never leave it unattended. Make sure it is completely out before you leave. That includes stirring around the embers.

  20. tamala November 6, 2015 at 5:10 pm -

    I don’t have any special tips other than for people to pay attention to what they are doing. I don’t know anyone personally who’s been affected.

  21. laura rubenstein November 6, 2015 at 5:16 pm -

    I do not know anyone that has been in a wildfire. I have heard horrible stories about people’s homes burning down and losing loved ones.. Horrible tragedies.

  22. Jeanna Massman November 6, 2015 at 6:48 pm -

    I used to live in an area where grass fires were a problem. Making sure that everyone followed the rules of fire prevention was important.

  23. Billie R November 6, 2015 at 7:57 pm -

    Nobody I know has been affected by a wild fire, though the regular type took my home when I was 17.

  24. Ann L November 6, 2015 at 8:07 pm -

    Make sure the camp fire is completely out and cold.

  25. greentopiaries November 7, 2015 at 5:10 am -

    My best tip is to always know if a burn ban has been enacted in your neighborhood. We seem to always have them 🙁 Thanks for the chance!

  26. Dani H November 7, 2015 at 5:44 am -

    I live in Arizona where we have been under drought conditions for years. I do know people who live or have vacation cabins in the forests in Northern Arizona. In order to help lessen the risk, they need to keep a large area around their property cleared of all underbrush and other growth which spreads wildfires plus keep larger growth such as trees away from their structures.

    Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

  27. Kim Pinch November 7, 2015 at 7:02 am -

    I have relatives who were affected by a forest fire years ago. My tip is to pay attention to burning bans, lots of people ignore them thinking they know better.

  28. kath g November 7, 2015 at 9:48 am -

    I read that parking a car over really dry leaves can cause them to ignite from the heat of the undercarriage. I don’t know anyone who had a home affected by wildfire, but I have a friend who is a volunteer firefighter who has fought them.

  29. Sherry Compton November 7, 2015 at 11:07 am -

    Be mindful of the weather. Has it been especially dry out? Is it windy? Weather can really take over a fire.

  30. Stephanie November 7, 2015 at 2:10 pm -

    I don’t know anyone who’s been affected by a wildfire – luckily! No tips either.

  31. courtney hennagir November 7, 2015 at 9:29 pm -

    I grew up in Nevada where the fire season always takes a toll on the state.I think the best tip is to just be aware of how your actions can have an effect.Something as simple as tossing your cigarette out your window could burn down an entire forest.

  32. Susan Smith November 7, 2015 at 10:31 pm -

    My best tip is to never leave a campfire burning or even smoldering!

  33. Shanna Beam November 8, 2015 at 12:52 am -

    The most important tips that I can think of is to NOT throw lit cigarettes out of a car window, and to make sure that ALL campfires are COMPLETELY extinguished.

  34. Linda Kish November 8, 2015 at 10:05 pm -

    If you insist on smoking, don’t toss your cigarette butts out of your car windows.

  35. Krystal Waters November 9, 2015 at 1:43 am -

    Placing a cigarette in a cup of water after use is a great way to prevent them from causing fires.

  36. Lisa November 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm -

    Make sure your campfire is out completely. I do not know anybody affected by a wildfire.

  37. nicole November 13, 2015 at 1:26 am -

    double and triple check any fire outside, to make sure it is 100% OUT

  38. Shane R. November 19, 2015 at 2:02 am -

    Make sure not to use anything that could spark near a dry brush area. Earlier this summer, a brush fire started right behind my house near the highway because some truck was dragging something that caused sparks. It started fires all along the highway for several miles! My house was luckily spared because the fire fighters got it put out before it got to our back fence, but a house in the neighborhood behind ours was moderately damaged.

  39. Michelle Macaluso November 19, 2015 at 2:58 am -

    Always make sure your campfire is out! That’s probably the most important one!

  40. Mike November 19, 2015 at 5:27 pm -

    Make use of water and dirt. Use them to put out campfires, put out cigarettes, etc.

  41. Amanda Whitley November 19, 2015 at 10:25 pm -

    biggest tip is to make sure cigarettes are completely out. i do not know anyone who has experienced a wild fire.