House Fires

Smokey Bear is an iconic character who has been used to encourage fire safety for decades. This clip from a public service announcement could serve as a funny intro for the younger audience and a nostalgic reminder for the older people in the church (

According to the National Fire Protection Association, “One in 20 home (5%) home structure fires were started by smoking materials. These fires caused almost one in four (23%) home fire deaths, and one in 10 (10%) home fire injuries.” This statistic shows the tragic reality that many deaths from house fires are self-inflicted by someone smoking (Marty Ahrens, “Home Fires Started by Smoking,” National Fire Protection Association, January 2019, In a similar way, many of our damaged relationships are self-inflicted. We are not careful with what comes from our mouths.