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Survey finds concerns about economy may increase incidence of home fires

Thirty-seven percent of respondents also revealed another unsafe behavior, which is disabling smoke alarms when they go off in a non-testing situation. Fifty-three percent have not taken any of three common actions in most home fire escape plans, which includes discussing with family members how to get out of the home, deciding on an outdoor meeting place and practicing the plan.

The NFPA and the American Red Cross offer these and other safety tips:

• Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.

• Give space heaters space by keeping them at least 3 feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.

• Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

For additional fire safety tips, contact the North Country chapter of the American Red Cross at 561-7280 or visit www.redcross.org/homefires.

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