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The North Providence Breeze 11-13-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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74 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019 | THE VALLEY BREEZE Candle Safety – ©2019 GREEN SHOOT MEDIA. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than half of December home decoration candles were started by fires, and Christmas is one of the top three days for home candle fires. Here are some tips for keeping you and your family safe. KEEP AN EYE ON IT Don't leave burning candles unattended and make sure you blow out all the candles in your home before leaving or going to bed, the NFPA says. LOCATION, LOCATION Keep candle flames at least a foot away from anything flammable. When you light a candle, keep your hair, clothing and jewelry well back from the flame. Use sturdy candle holders and keep candles on stable surfaces. Don't let candles burn all the way down so that it's a danger to its holder. Never place an open flame in a window where it can catch blinds and curtains. For window displays, use LED or electric lights. CANDLES AND CHILDREN Never leave candles, lighters or matches alone with children. If you are planning a celebration that involves holding a candle, consider using battery-operated LED candle for the kids. CHECK SMOKE DETECTORS Before you kick off the holiday season, check all your smoke detectors to make sure they're working properly, the NFPA says. Your home should have smoke alarms on every level, outside each sleeping area and inside every bedroom. Interconnect the alarms so that they all sound when one sounds. Practice your fire safety drill with your family. Your fire plan should include two ways out of every room and an outside meeting place. You want the warm glow of candles to light your holiday décor, but those happy dancing flames come with a lot of risk. NOV-13-2019-GIFT-NPS-Mel.indd 74 11/4/19 10:22 AM

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