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You’ve Babyproofed…But Have You Fireproofed?

You’ve probably baby-proofed your home, but have you fire-proofed your home?  According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 47,000 household fires occur during the holidays each year. You can download a free fire safety resource guide at, which is sponsored by Liberty Mutual.

Since I’ve been so careful about baby-proofing, I assumed my home was fire safe. Even someone as Type A and safety conscious as me will find the room-by-room fire hazard checklist to be helpful. For example, I didn’t know you needed to have your fireplace and chimney inspected every year.

Some of the interactive quizzes were enlightening as well. I often do a load of laundry in the morning before I leave the house, and it never occured to me that it wasn’t safe to leave my dryer running when I wasn’t home. also has tips about how to talk with your children about fire safety and how to create a family escape plan should a fire break out. There’s even a free downloadable coloring book that teaches kids how to spot potential fire risks and how to help to keep their families safe.

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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