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November 28, 2017 > Holiday safety begins at home

Holiday safety begins at home

Submitted By Newark PD

Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, the time when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. By taking some basic precautions, you can ensure your whole family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season.

Watch out for these common fire-starters:

Turkey Fryers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports there have been 168 turkey-fryer related fires, burns, explosions or carbon monoxide poisoning incidents since 2002. CPSC said 672 people have been injured and $8 million in property damage losses have resulted from these incidents.

Here are some safety tips for safe frying:

¥ Set up the fryer more than 10 feet from the house and keep children away
¥ Find flat ground; the oil must be even and steady to ensure safety
¥ Use a thawed and dry turkey; any water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over
¥ Fryer lid and handle can become very hot and cause burns
¥ Always have a fire extinguisher ready

Candle and fireplaces. About 2,200 deaths were caused by fires, burns and other fire-related injuries in 2013. Increased use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible seasonal decorations present in many homes means more risk for fire. Here are safety tips to follow when using candles:

¥ Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
¥ Keep candles out of reach of children
¥ Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
¥ DonÕt burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
¥ DonÕt burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
¥ Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year

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