Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Fire

(HealthDay News) -- Careful planning can protect your family and reduce your risk of a fire at home.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these fire prevention and safety suggestions:

  • Never leave a small child unattended, even for a minute.

  • Install smoke alarms near the furnace, and near areas where people sleep. Check the batteries monthly.

  • Keep fire extinguishers around the home. Make sure they're always charged.

  • Devise different escape routes, and practice fire drills.

  • Never smoke in bed.

  • Make sure children don't have access to lighters or matches.

  • Carefully dispose of ashes, matches and cigarette butts.

  • Make sure all open flames are protected with a barrier.

  • Inspect electrical appliances and cords for signs of wear or connection problems.

  • Don't wear loose clothing when you are near a fireplace, space heater or stove.

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