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Two brothers are recovering from burn injuries after a fire at their home this week, which fire Heatingtipsofficials say originated by a space heater. The fire occurred in the Huntsville, Texas, area. According to The Huntsville Item, one brother suffered severe burns to his upper body as well as smoke inhalation. The other brother reported that he woke up to a fire near a portable space heater plugged into an extension cord. He was able to crawl out of a window and suffered minor burns and cuts. Fire investigators report that the home had no working smoke alarms.

  • Space heaters should be plugged directly into a wall outlet and never into an extention cord or power strip.
  • Turn heaters off or when you leave the room.
  • Have a three-foot safety zone around open fires and space heaters.

More space heater safety tips are available on the NFPA website.

Age guide
During Thanksgiving there is a lot of cooking going on in the kitchen. Make sure you have a 3 foot "kid-free" zone around the stove. Print out and make your own "kid-free" zone marker to show children exactly where the 3 foot mark is.

However, the holidays are also a great time to let kids help out in the kitchen. NFPA has developed an age-aprropriate guide for each age group, 3-5yrs, 6-8yrs, 9-12yrs and over 14 years. These guides give you ideas that kids in each group can help out with!  

Download and print the guide from Sparky's Parent page and get your kids in the kitchen to help out today! 

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