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Health Tip: Help Prevent Fires at Home

-- A little extra attention and some preparation can help reduce the risk of a fire at home.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions:

  • When cooking, never leave food on the stove without someone watching.
  • Also when cooking, don't wear loose clothing that may catch fire.
  • Avoid smoking at home, and quit smoking if you can.
  • Keep a space heater at least three feet from any flammable object or material.
  • Make sure your home has smoke alarms on each floor.
  • Develop an escape plan to get out of the home if there's a fire, and have everyone in the home practice it.
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Posted: October 2010