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In the February 4, 1735, edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette, Benjamin Franklin wrote in an anonymous letter:

In the first Place, as an Ounce of Prevention is worth a Pound of Cure, I would adviseem to take care how they suffer living Coals in a full Shovel, to be carried out of one Room into another, or up or down Stairs, unless in a Warmingpan shut; for Scraps of Fire may fall into Chinks and make no Appearance until Midnight; when your Stairs being in Flames, you may be forced, (as I once was) to leap out of your Windows, and hazard your Necks to avoid being oven-roasted.

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