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Health Tip: Practice Fire Safety During the Holidays

Health Tip: Practice Fire Safety During the Holidays

11/27/13

(HealthDay News) -- With candles, dry trees and wreaths scattered throughout the home, the holidays pose an increased risk of fire.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers this advice for a safer holiday season:

  • Make sure children can't reach candles, matches or lighters.
  • Don't smoke near any flammable decorations, don't burn evergreen branches in the fireplace and don't light candles near evergreen trees.
  • Practice an emergency fire plan for your home, making sure every member of the family knows the plan.
  • Avoid loosely-fitting clothing (especially sleeves) around candles, fireplaces and other fire sources.
  • Watch for any potential fire hazards, and move to reduce risk.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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