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Eleven Precautions In-Home Caregivers for Seniors Should Know to Prevent Fire During This Christmas Season

Manchester, NJ, December 04, 2013 --( Peter Mangiola, RN, MSN, In-Home Care Wellness Expert from Senior Helpers of Ocean County, New Jersey identified eleven precautions in-home senior caregivers should take during this holiday season.

Typically, the holidays are the worst times for house fires for any number of reasons: Christmas trees coming into the house, fireplaces, wires, outlets, strings of electric bulbs, candles and extra cooking in the kitchen.

Since there are increased conditions that might make your home susceptible to a fire, here are some tips you might consider:

1. A dry Christmas tree is a fire hazard, and can become ablaze within 3 seconds.
2. Take the time to make sure that you don’t place a tree near a heater which will dry out the tree.
3. Only buy a tree that has been recently cut.
4. If the needles are falling off, that's a good sign this is not the right tree to buy.
5. When you get home cut 2 to 3 inches off the base of the tree and immediately place the tree in water to allow it to absorb the water through the base of the tree.
6. Water every day - homes during the Christmas season tend to be drier because of heat and closed windows.
7. Make sure electrical cords are not frayed or covered with paper.
8. Candles also become fire hazards during the holiday season. [National Fire Prevention Association states that 35 home candle fires are reported per day.]
9. Don't put candles next to windows or curtains.
10. Have a fire extinguisher handy to the living room and the kitchen. Cooking fires are also a big cause of holiday fires.
11. Check the battery life of all smoke detectors as the holidays approach. Generally speaking, batteries should be tested once a month, especially during holidays.

About Peter Mangiola
Peter Mangiola received his degree from The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 1980, and since has served in Emergency, Recovery, Cardiac Care, and Electrophysiology departments, as well as three years as an Oncology Director and eight years as Charge Nurse for a cardiovascular nursing unit. Peter is a regular speaker for many groups and organizations over the years covering many topics, and as a consultant, speaker, and educator in such areas as: Dementia, Alzheimer’s & Senior Care Heath Service & Advocacy.

For more information about in-home care for seniors and assistance, visit or call 732.657.3600 and ask to speak with Peter. Senior Helpers is located at 67 Lacey Road, Suite 6 Manchester, NJ 08759.
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