Tuesday, Oct. 7

TUESDAY 10/7/14

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President Carlson's Inauguration

The inauguration of Paula J. Carlson as the 10th president of Luther College will be held Friday, Oct. 10, during Luther's Homecoming weekend. The investiture ceremony, 3 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life, is open to the public with no charge for admission. For those unable to attend the ceremony, the event will be live-streamed on the web. An Inaugural Reception in Bentdahl Commons will follow the ceremony.

Inaugural Symposium 'Exploring Faith and Literature' Oct. 10

At 11:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, the college will host the Inaugural Symposium, "Exploring Faith and Literature," in the Noble Recital Hall. The symposium is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Panelists include President Paula J. Carlson; Jacqueline Bussie, director, Forum on Faith and Life and associate professor of religion, Concordia College; Peter Hawkins, professor of religion and literature, Yale Divinity School; the Rev. Jim Honig, senior pastor, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn, Illinois; and Robert D. Schultz, Luther class of 1974, the John P. Fishwick Professor of English, Roanoke College.

HR Director candidate open forums

Four finalists for the Human Resources director position will be interviewed on campus. Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the candidate open forums. The last forum is Monday, Oct. 13 in the CFL Recital Hall. Please return response forms to the Office of the President by noon on Oct. 14.

Please check the KATIE site for updated information, including candidate resumes. To access the KATIE site type "HR-DIR" into the "Search Courses" box at the top right of the screen. Then click "enroll" to see the information for the candidates.

Alternative campus parking Oct. 9-10

To help accommodate the large number of guests expected for President Carlson's Inauguration Friday, Oct. 10, the following special event parking restrictions will be in effect from 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 through 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

The entire lot behind the Library and the lot on the north side of Valders will be reserved for visitors. Faculty, staff and students are asked to find alternative parking during these times. Alternative lots include Farwell, Regents Center, Jenson and the City Pool Lot. Students may not park in faculty/staff spaces. In addition, the spaces generally reserved for visitors on the east side of the CFL will be posted as Handicapped Parking. Handicapped Parking spaces will be added on the west side of the CFL as well. Cooperation with these restrictions is greatly appreciated.

Emergency procedures booklet

Luther's Emergency Response Team is issuing a new Emergency Procedures book, and asks that faculty and staff recycle their old (blue cover) copies. Faculty and staff should place the new (orange cover) Emergency Procedures book in an easy-to-see and easy-to-reach place in their work station. Additional copies are available in Human Resources and Campus Safety and Security. The guide will also be available online at: http://www.luther.edu/safety/emergency/. Contact Corey, <landco01>, with questions or for more information.

Homecoming 2014

Luther College will celebrate Homecoming 2014 Friday through Sunday, Oct. 10-12, bringing more than 5,000 students, alumni and friends of the college to campus for class reunions, sporting events, music, dance, theater and other events. Luther extends an invitation to the Decorah area community to join in the celebration. For up-to-date details and a full Homecoming 2014 schedule, visit the website: http://www.luther.edu/homecoming/.


Tuition Benefit Program deadline Nov. 1

Luther is pleased to offer its faculty and staff a benefit that is highly unique in today's workplace: higher education for one's dependents. The Tuition Benefit program has a three-step application process available online.

Deadlines are as follows:

Step 1: Nov. 1, applications due
Step 2: Dec. 1, finalized list of colleges due
Step 3: May 15, confirmation form due

For complete information about the process and the application form, see: https://www.luther.edu/hr/benefits/tuition-benefit/. Contact Scot Schaeffer, <schasc01> or 387-1430, with questions.

Have you seen me?

The Luther College Fine Arts Collection has completed our full-campus Art Inventory. Each week we'll feature one work of art that isn't where we thought it would be in hopes that the larger Luther community can assist in locating the work.

Thank you for all of your help location the Goose we featured last week. Up next is a lovely little acrylic painting last seen in Sperati House. Check it out here. As always, if you know anything about the whereabouts of this work, please contact Kate Elliott <ellika03>, or 387-1328.

2014 fall semester enrollment

  • Luther's 2014 fall semester student enrollment is 2,385.
  • Our new registered student total is 595 (559 first-year students, 36 transfer students).
  • U.S. Students of Color total 210 (8.8 percent of total enrollment), and International students total 146 (6.1 percent of total enrollment).
  • Forty states (includes Iowa) and 61 countries (includes U.S.) are represented in our total enrollment.
  • Student enrollment full-time equivalent is 2,358.
  • Forty-one percent of our total enrollment report Lutheran as their religious affiliation.
  • First-year to second-year persistence for the 2013 first-year student cohort is 85.2 percent, first-year to third-year persistence for the 2012 first-year student cohort is 83.2 percent, and first-year to fourth-year persistence for the 2011 first-year cohort is 82.5 percent.
  • Our most recent four-year graduation rate (2010 first-year student cohort graduating by August 31, 2014) is 71.4 percent.
  • Our most recent five-year graduation rate (2009 first-year student cohort graduating by August 31, 2014) is 77.0 percent.
  • Our most recent six-year graduation rate (2008 first-year student cohort graduating by August 31, 2014) is 81.4 percent.

For detailed enrollment information for years 2010-14, and first-year student cohort persistence and graduation rates over time, visit http://www.luther.edu/ir/enrollment/.

Fish Taco Fridays

Every Friday is now Fish Taco Friday at Marty's! Come check it out!

No smoking on campus

The state of Iowa (Iowa Code 142D) prohibits smoking on campus. The college's smoke-free policy includes smoking devices such as e-cigarettes or vapor cigarettes as prohibited forms of smoking.  The entire policy can be viewed on the web. Please remind any staff, faculty or students of this policy if it is broken. Direct any questions to the Human Resources Office 387-1415.

Fresh baked bread in Oneota Market

Starting Thursday, Oct. 9, Oneota Market will sell fresh baked breads from the Luther Bakery and Iowa-made jams. Take some home for dinner and save a trip to the store.

Career Center calls for internship stories

The Career Center site has a new webpage, Internship Stories, to highlight the variety of internship opportunities available to Luther students. Storytelling is a great way to increase website visitors' interest in our programs and keep visitors on our website. If you know of additional internship stories that we can include either on this page or on individual academic department sites, please contact Tabita Green.

October staff meeting

The October staff meeting agenda includes a financial update, health care and benefits, and Title IX reporting requirements. The meeting will be offered twice in Peace Dining Room: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, and 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, All staff are strongly encouraged to attend one of the sessions.

Archives open hours in October

The Archives will be open to Homecoming visitors on Oct. 9-10. For the rest of October, the Archives Reading Room will be open by appointment only. Staff will continue to monitor phone and email contacts. To make an appointment, contact Sarah Wicks at 387-1606 or send an email to <archives>. We will respond to requests for appointments and services as promptly as we are able. Thank you for your patience during this transitional period.

United Way donations

It's not too late! Donate to United Way and be entered into the drawings for prizes. For those who have donated already, thank you. We are one-third of the way to our goal of $25,000. Turn forms in to HR by Oct. 15 to be eligible for prizes. Prizes include: an extra vacation day, Peace Brunch tickets, Center Stage Series tickets, massages and a gift certificate from the Book Shop. For questions or forms, please reach out to Ellen Modersohn, Peggy Lensing or Kim Bohr.

Fire prevention week: learn to use an extinguisher

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12. Learn how to use a fire extinguisher properly with our extinguisher simulator. Erik Stoen will be on the main floor of the Dahl Centennial Union from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 8 and 14 to assist with demonstrations.

Health assessment risk

Remember to complete the Health Risk Assessment, one of the steps necessary to avoid an increase in health care premiums in 2015. The username is your last name an the initial password are the last four digits of your social security number


Upcoming events

Oct. 9:

  • Faculty Artist Series, Music in the Shape of a Pear, Brooke Joyce, 7 p.m., Jenson-Noble Hall of Music, Noble Recital Hall
  • Theatre Performance, "A Thread in the Dark," by Hella Haasse, 7:30 p.m., Center for the Arts, Jewel Theatre

Oct. 10-12: Homecoming

Oct. 10:

  • Luther Ensemble Performance, "Jazz Night," Jazz Band, Jazz Orchestra, 9 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union, Marty's
  • Theatre Performance, "A Thread in the Dark," by Hella Haasse, 9:30 p.m., Center for the Arts, Jewel Theatre

Oct. 11:

  • 2014 Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m., downtown Decorah to Luther College campus, live broadcast on 1240am and stream with Carl Bates and Peter Jarzyna, KWLC announcers.
  • Theatre Performance, "A Thread in the Dark," by Hella Haasse, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Center for the Arts, Jewel Theatre
  • SAC Flamingo Ball, "The Inaugural Ball" 9 p.m., Main Gym, Regents Center

Oct. 12:

  • Luther Ensemble Performance, Norsemen, Aurora, Cantorei, Cathedral, Collegiate and Luther Ringers at Sunday Service, 10 a.m., Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall
  • Homecoming Concert, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Nordic Choir, 1:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Oct. 13: Art Song Jamboree, 5:15 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Recital Hall

Oct. 14: Guest Recital, Carole Terry, organ, 7:30 p.m., Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Home sporting events this week

Oct. 10: Volleyball vs. Central College,  8 p.m.

Oct. 11:

  • Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Alumni Meet, 11:30 a.m.
  • Football vs. Central College, 1 p.m. live broadcast at 1240am and stream

Chapel this week

Wednesday, Oct. 8: Eric Ellingsen

Friday, Oct. 10: James Honig, Homecoming chapel, Collegiate Chorale

Monday, Oct. 13: Kristin Swanson, Wind and Percussion Ensemble

Flu clinic

Health Service will hold a flu clinic for staff and students:

  • Oct 10: 8:15-11:45 a.m. at Health Service

Prices are $25 for the shot and $30 for the mist. Payable at time of service for staff/faculty. Students may apply to student account. Future dates will be posted in Tuesday and Bulletin.

Fall career fair

The fall career fair runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 in the Union. This is the largest fall fair ever held on campus. More than 40 organizations attend to visit with students about various internships, part-time and full-time opportunities. A list of those attending can be viewed on the Career Center web page.

SAC present 'The Buried Life'

SAC invites the community to come hear four young men relay their adventure "The Buried Life – What do you want to do before you die?" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Valders Room 206 on the Luther campus.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. The Buried Life originated in 2006 when four Canadians: Dave Lingwood, Ben Nemtin, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn set out in an old RV to complete their list of "100 Things We Want To Do Before We Die." The group pulled a borrowed 1957 Dodge Coachman RV out of a field; bought a secondhand camera for $100 on eBay, threw a party to raise money for gas and hit the road for two weeks to see how many items they could check off their list.

FAS: 'Music in the Shape of a Pear' concert series features music by alumni composers

Marking the 10th anniversary since its inception as a concert series, Luther College's "Music in the Shape of a Pear" will present a concert featuring music composed by graduates of Luther's composition program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus. The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Jazz Band and Jazz Orchestra performance Oct. 10

Luther College Jazz Band and Jazz Orchestra will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in Marty's in the Dahl Centennial Union on Luther's campus.

The performance is open to the public with no charge for admission. For those unable to attend, the performance will be streamed at kwlc.luther.edu and carried on 1240am starting at 10 p.m.

Luther's Jazz Band is under the direction of Jon Ailabouni, and the Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Juan Tony Guzmán.

'A Thread in the Dark'

The Visual and Performing Art department presents "A Thread in the Dark" by Hella Haasse. The performances, held in the Jewel Theatre are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9; 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10; and 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. Tickets for the performances are $12 for adults, $5 for children five and under and can be purchased at Luther's ticket website, www.tickets.luther.edu, by calling the Ticket Office at 387-1357, or by visiting the Luther Ticket Office.

Three alumni honored with Distinguished Service Award

President Paula J. Carlson will present Luther's Distinguished Service Award to three alumni Friday, Oct. 10, at the Alumni Dinner and Celebration of Distinguished Service. The celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the dining hall. Tickets are $25 and available at http://luther.edu/homecoming/registration or at the door the night of the event. Recipients of the 2014 Luther Distinguished Service Award are Richard Dale, class of 1969; Marilyn Peitso, class of 1974; and Sharon Prestemon, class of 1989.

Qualley Papyri exhibit opening

The program for the formal opening of the Qualley Papyri exhibit is 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Hovde Room of Preus Library. Assistant Professor of Classical Studies and Papyrological Archivist Brendan Haug of the University of Michigan will speak on the history of the archaeological site of Karanis, Egypt. Dan Davis of the Luther College faculty and Luther student Marshall Stay will report on their current archaeological activities. The program is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Book signings during homecoming

The Book Shop will host book signing sessions Saturday, Oct. 11, as part of Luther's homecoming weekend of events. Christopher Cudworth, Julie Bowe, David Ellingson, sisters Jodi Tollefson Bjerke, Kari Tollefson Espinosa, and Kristi Tollefson Wolf, Jerry Johnson, and Norman Omodt will sign copies of their books at the Book Shop.

SAC presents Inaugural Ball

Student Activities Council invites the public to this year's Flamingo Ball, transformed into "The Inaugural Ball," to welcome President Paula Carlson, along with her friends and family, to the Decorah and Luther communities. Come celebrate and dance to the sounds of variety band The Sevilles at 9 p.m. homecoming Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Main Gym of the Regents Center.

Other streamed Homecoming events

The Oct. 12 worship service will be broadcast on 1240am and streamed live, followed immediately by a tape-delayed broadcast of President Carlson's investiture ceremony. The Homecoming Concert will also be broadcast on 1240am and streamed live, followed by the rebroadcast of the Inaugural Symposium, recorded Friday, Oct 10, 11:15 a.m.

Homecoming Concert

The Homecoming Concert, featuring the college's premiere touring ensembles, is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in the CFL. The concert includes performances by the Luther Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Baldwin; Nordic Choir, conducted by Allen Hightower; and Concert Band, conducted by Joan deAlbuquerque. The concert, open to the public with no charge for admission, will be streamed live online at: http://portal.stretchinternet.com/lutheradmin/.

Jyoti Grewal to speak at Luther Oct. 13-14

Violence, in its many forms, has remained constant throughout history. Activists, educators, and leaders have sought to end violence through raising awareness. The Luther College campus welcomes the return of former Luther professor Jyoti Grewal, Ph.D., for a guest lecture to aide in the education and exposure of violence around the world.

Hosted by the Women and Gender Studies department, Grewal's "Public Performances of Violence: Problematizing Analyses of Sexual Violence Against Women in North India" will take place at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in the Olin Building Room 102.

Grewal will also hold a discussion group with the theme "women and leadership" at a brown bag lunch at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 in the Mott Room of the Dahl Centennial Union.

Concert Organist Carole Terry Oct. 14

Carole Terry, guest concert organist, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Main Hall of the CFL. The concert is being presented as Luther's annual Benefactor Organ Recital, which features outstanding artists of international caliber performing on the college's Robert Sipe mechanical action organ.

Nelson Mandela biographer to lecture

Charlene Smith will present a series of lectures on the Luther campus. Smith's first lecture, "Every 26 Seconds a Woman is Raped: Last Thursday was my Turn," will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15. On Thursday, Oct. 16, she will present three lectures:

  • "Nobel Peace Prize Winners I Have Known: How Ordinary People Changed the World" at 12:45 p.m.
  • "Human Rights in the US and South Africa" at 2:30 p.m.
  • "Making Your Enemy Your Friend: Changing the World Nelson Mandela-Style" at 7:30 p.m.

FAS: Karen Kanakis to perform voice recital Oct. 15

Karen Kanakis will present a voice recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Noble Recital Hall. Accompanying Kanakis on the performance is Jessica Paul. The program features music sung entirely in Italian by various composers including Franz Liszt, Giuseppe Verdi, Paolo Tosti, Gioachino Rossini and Reynaldo Hahn.

Admissions fall preview days Oct. 16-17

Fall Preview Days are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 16, and Friday, Oct. 17, giving students the opportunity to experience the quality of life on campus, discover the academic excellence of Luther students, and explore life at Luther. Prospective students are welcome to invite family members along for the visit. To register go to www.luther.edu/admissions/visit.

Art faculty art on display through Oct. 17

A diverse exhibit featuring works by Luther College Art Program faculty is on display in the Kirstin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery through Oct. 17. A gallery reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Wigley-Fleming Gallery. Faculty artists include Ben Moore, Joe Madrigal, Lea Donhowe, Aaron Lurth and David Kamm. Other artists include emeritus Harley Refsal and sabbatical replacement Justin Sorensen.

Nordic Choir to perform Fall concert Nov. 2

The Nordic Choir will perform in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 in the CFL. The concert, open to the public with no charge for admission, is part of a precursor tour for the Nordic Choir's 2015 Midwest Tour. The choir tours annually and has performed around the world, appearing in Norway, England, Germany, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Baltic countries, Mexico and the Caribbean.


Job opening

Full-time utility/carpenter: Responsibilities include, but not limited to: perform all types of building maintenance and repair, prepare lists of materials based on blueprints and sketches, order material as required by project, perform general construction, set and repair doors of all types, install acoustical ceilings and repair furniture. Additional duties include: back up locksmith, operate trade-related tools, as well as assist in other facilities services departments such as grounds, heating plant, plumbing and snow removal.

To view the complete job description and apply for this position and all current openings, please go to the employment website.

New employees

Lauren Keller started her position as Admissions Counselor on Sept. 8. Her office is the Colorado Regional Office, telephone 303-993-7237.

David Grouws started his position as KWLC Radio Station Manager on Sept. 23. His office is Dahl Centennial Union LL4, telephone 387-1079.

Prayers, support, good thoughts

Alison Dwyer, wife of Philip Freeman, has been undergoing diagnosis and treatment at Mayo. She is back in Decorah, but has to go back to Rochester daily for radiation treatment for two weeks. A meal calendar will be sent out soon via email. To help or donate, please add to the Freeman Oneota Co-op account, so they can get groceries and meals from the deli. Also, please refrain from visiting until treatments are over. They thank everyone for the outpouring of kindness and prayers and well-wishes!


Thank you to everyone who supported our recent garage sale benefit for Barry and Emily Hare. Very special thanks for donations received. Your generosity and kindness touched us deeply.
-"500" Card Club


Brooke Joyce's chamber work "Six Degrees of Separation" was performed by the Aura Ensemble at the University of Houston on Monday, Sept. 29. A short video with an excerpt of the work is here.

Jane Hawley will present at "Fostering the Future: Higher Education Dance Curriculum Development Sessions" hosted by Movement Research and Tisch at New York University, Oct. 8-11. Invited participants include forward-thinking, creative leaders already re-framing dance in higher education. Hawley is one of 35 invited dance artists, scholars and educators from the U.S. and presents the Movement Fundamentals curriculum of the dance program at Luther College.

Andy Hageman's short essay "Karel Čapek Energies: The Absolute at Large as Proto-Cli-Fi Literature" is scheduled to go live on Oct. 6 in the open access online forum for science fiction studies, Deletion (Episode 7: Retrospective Futures).

J. R. Christianson has learned that the Royal Library in Copenhagen wants to acquire his manuscripts and papers associated with research on Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), the Danish astronomer of the Renaissance.  Tycho's own observational manuscripts and the papers of many scholars who have researched Tycho Brahe in the last 400 years are in the Royal Library.

David Kamm has been selected to present a mixed-media work title ".40 Caliber Safety Crayons," for the show "Lines Drawn" at the Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Arts Gallery in Washington, DC.  Krause was an award-winning foreign correspondent who now promotes artists and art that address social and political themes.  Additional information can be found on the website.


Hostesses wanted: Love Thirty-one bags, Stella and Dot jewelry or Jamberry Nails? Always wanted to try a Spark or "That crazy wrap thing"? I'm looking for a few good hostesses. I'm a consultant for those home-based businesses and am looking to book some fall parties. Christmas is only 11 weeks away, let's get those presents taken care of now! Contact Julie, <julie> or 387-1865, for more information, to host or to order!

Free: Air hockey table (3'h x 4'w x 7'l) in very good condition. Contact <breitejo> or 419-1124.

For sale:  G.E. electric range. Black and white. Everything works, purchased new appliances and need to sell. Cost is $30. Contact Mike or Leslie, <smitmi01>, or 382-6527.

For sale: Lovely two-three bedroom home with two bathrooms and a wonderful sun room. In a great location at 310 5th Ave. Ready for move in. Call 258-9338 for showing.

For sale: Like new condition, sparingly-used, Microsoft Surface Pro 2 with type cover and case for sale. Windows 8.1 Pro operating system, 10.6 inch full HD multi-touch display (1920x1080), includes stylus pen for taking notes, drawing, etc. Hardware includes Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, 128 GB solid state drive, built-in stereo speakers and Wi-Fi, front and rear-facing 720p HD cameras, and USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, and headphone ports. Includes Microsoft Type Cover which easily snaps on and off Surface for typing, premium case, and original box and manuals. Asking $750 or best offer. Contact Travis Huinker for further details, 387-1417 or <huintr01>.

For sale: Like new and perfect working condition ASUS 17.3 inch laptop, sparingly-used. Hardware includes Intel Core i7 (2.40GHz), 16GB Memory, 256GB solid state drive and 1TB hard drive, GeForce GTX 870M, Windows 8.1 64-Bit. Includes complete box, manuals, accessories and premium laptop bag. Can easily replace a desktop computer. Very powerful, especially with new video games and demanding software. $1,400 or best offer. Contact Travis Huinker, 387-1417, or <huintr01>.

For sale: Four bedroom, three bath house is ideally located on a corner lot, in a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood on the edge of the Luther College campus.  Major renovations, premium finishes throughout and is completely move-in ready. Home is only two blocks from the Trout Run Trail and groomed cross-country ski trails. Residence is available for immediate occupancy. For more information and photos, go to www.riversbendltd.com/house. For a viewing call, 379-7363 and ask for Jim.

Wanted: Lego donations. Decorah Parks and Rec is seeking Lego donations in hopes of launching a brand new kids program. Donations of any kind are welcomed. Donations can be dropped off at the Park Rec office in the Decorah Municipal Building Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please contact Erika Randall, 382-4158 or [email protected], with any questions.

For rent: House for rent near downtown Decorah. Three bedroom, two bath, large kitchen, workshop in the garage, lots of storage space. $950/mo, available immediately. Please contact Stacie, 202-0913.


And finally...

This week is fire prevention week. Here are a few tips to keep safe in both home and work environments.

  • Sixty percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. Make sure working smoke alarms are present inside and directly outside each bedroom and on each level of your home. Also plan a fire escape route that has been practiced regularly with the entire family.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in two of every five (43 percent) reported home fires. More than half (55 percent) of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves. Know when to fight and when to call. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen for easy access.
  • Portable or fixed space heaters, including wood stoves, were involved in one-third (33 percent) of home heating fires and four out of five (81 percent) home heating deaths. Make sure all people, pets, and flammable materials are at a minimum of three feet away from space heaters. Also remember to turn them off when leaving a room or sleeping.