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Holiday season fire safety tips

fire safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration
WASHINGTON, D.C.--A candle-lit Christmas tree at grandmother's house may be a thing of the past, but fire hazards still loom in American homes, ready to turn this season's joy into holiday tragedy. That's the word from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA).
   "Residential fires are 14 percent more likely to happen during the holiday season and nearly 30 percent more likely to cause death," USFA Administrator Carrye Brown said. "We want everyone to know how tragic and needless this is, how simple precautions and common sense can prevent a family tragedy during what otherwise should be a happy time of year."
   Among household safety tips to help combat holiday fire hazards, Brown offered these:   For more fire safety information:   USFA provides funding and technical assistance in support of national fire safety programs for reducing fire-related deaths and injuries.