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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Editorial
Keep your family safe from fires

Every year, hundreds of Long Island homes suffer fires that leave the lives of their occupants in shambles. A home is the one place where people should feel safe, and fire destroys that security, along with priceless possessions.

October is Fire Prevention Month, and now is as good a time as any to brush up on the safety tips that can not only keep us safe in the event of a fire, but keep a fire from starting in the first place. The key word is prevention.

It starts by eliminating potential hazards in your home:

• Keep items such as matches and lighters locked away in a high cabinet where children can’t reach them.

• Replace old or frayed electrical wires. Avoid plugging several appliance cords into a single outlet.

• Don’t leave food unattended on the stove or in the oven, and keep anything flammable away from cooking areas.

• Use candles carefully. On average, 35 house fires a day start because of candles. Make sure you always keep a burning candle in sight, and extinguish it before leaving the room. Never leave it near anything that could catch fire. Use a candleholder, and place it on a heat-resistant surface. For more tips, visit the National Candle Association’s website, www.candle.org.

• Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, and these occur most frequently during the winter months. Keep your chimney clean, and keep items like upholstered furniture, mattresses, newspapers and clothing away from heating units.

Most home heating fires involve the use of portable heaters. Buy only a UL-approved heater, read the instructions carefully and keep the unit at least three feet away from anything flammable.

There are other steps you should take to be prepared in case there is a fire, to keep you and your family safe:

• Install smoke detectors on every floor of the house, even in the basement. There should be smoke detectors in every bedroom.

• Don’t just install them; make sure the units work, too. Replace the batteries every six months, and test every smoke detector once a month.

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KevinsKandles

Thought that this great Fire Prevention idea would interest you.

We will have Power Failures – People will Burn Candles

I am the first to agree that flashlights and light sticks are the preferred form of emergency lighting. The difficulty with most homes and emergency kits is their ability to provide lighting on a long term basis -24/48/72 hours or 10 days. This is why Kevin’s Kandles are an ideal tool for emergency and disaster preparedness.

- 15,000+ accidental candle fires are reported in the USA each year. Kevin's Kandles greatly reduce this risk for your family and your community. They help eliminate the "Stupid Factor" when people run out of batteries during extended power failures and "get creative" with their illumination.

In North America, 4% of residential fires are candle related. A majority of the deaths and injuries occur during power failures and in houses where the electricity has been disconnected.

- Again, this is why Kevin’s Kandles are such a great tool for Emergency and Disaster Preparedness. They are Much Safer than traditional candles, Convenient, Inexpensive and Environmentally Friendly. If a Kevin's Kandle is left unattended - it will go out; if it is tipped over - it will go out!

-Each pack of Kevin's Kandles manufactured in the USA, contains 100 - 10 hour candles. A carton measures 15 x 15 x 20”, weighs 25 pounds and contains 500 packs of Kevin’s Kandles. That’s a potential of 50,000 - 10 hour candles!

To view the demonstration video and learn more visit www.asafercandle.com

Kevin Dawson

info@asafercandle.com

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