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Burns - Prevention

Most burns happen in the home. Simple safety measures decrease the chances of anyone getting burned.

Home safety measures

  • Do not smoke in bed.
  • Place smoke alarms and other fire safety devices in strategic locations in your home, such as in the kitchen and bedrooms and near fireplaces or stoves. Smoke detectors need to be checked and to have the batteries replaced regularly. A good way to remember to do this is to check smoke detectors twice a year when daylight savings and standard time change.
  • Make a fire escape plan, and make sure the family knows it (babysitters, too).
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen and have it checked yearly. Learn how to use it. Put out food or grease fires in a pan with a lid or another pot.
  • Set your water heater at 120°F (50°C) or lower. Always test the temperature of bathwater.
  • Store cleaning solutions and paints in containers in well-ventilated areas.
  • Use proper fuses in electrical boxes, do not overload outlets, and use insulated and grounded electrical cords.
  • Keep trash cleaned up in attics, basements, and garages.
  • Be careful with gas equipment such as lawn mowers, snowblowers, and chain saws.
  • Be careful with any flammable substances used to start fires, such as lighter fluid.
  • Avoid fireworks. Think of safety first when dealing with fireworks.

Your local fire department is a good resource for more information on how to prevent fires, make a fire escape plan, use fire safety devices, and provide first-aid treatment for burns.

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Last Updated: December 27, 2012
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