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Preventing Holiday Burns

Most are caused by candles and holiday decorations.
MIAMI, OK--  Doctors ask you to put fire safety at the top of your list.

Physicians with Integris Regional Baptist in Miami say first and second degree burns increase during the holiday season.

Most are caused by candles and holiday decorations.

Many of the burn patients are children.

Doctors encourage you to keep candles where kid's can't reach them and to make sure the candles are put out before leaving your home.

"Burns range from 1st degree to 3rd degree burns, you get down to where you're burning muscle tissue and that very severe and requires special treatment," Integris physician Dr. Larry Walther.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.

In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.

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