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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