Health Tip: Practice Fire Safety During the Holidays

(HealthDay News) -- With candles, dry trees and wreaths scattered throughout the home, the holidays pose an increased risk of fire.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers this advice for a safer holiday season:

  • Make sure children can't reach candles, matches or lighters.

  • Don't smoke near any flammable decorations, don't burn evergreen branches in the fireplace and don't light candles near evergreen trees.

  • Practice an emergency fire plan for your home, making sure every member of the family knows the plan.

  • Avoid loosely-fitting clothing (especially sleeves) around candles, fireplaces and other fire sources.

  • Watch for any potential fire hazards, and move to reduce risk.