Eliminating Burn Hazards at Home

Burns and fires in the home happen often, but many of these instances can be prevented. Practice fire safety so you don’t get burned, and make your home safe from burn hazards.

Whole Home:

  • Turn off appliances when not in use; don’t forget video games and entertainment systems.
  • Do not overload outlets or circuits; avoid power strips with multiple high-wattage appliances.
  • When using space heaters, electric blankets, or fireplaces to stave off the cold, maintain them properly and never leave unattended.
  • Install, maintain, and regularly test your smoke alarms; find out how many you should have in your size home, including one in each sleeping area.
  • Make and practice an escape plan. Each family member should know how to safely exit the house from any room.
  • Keep extension cords out of foot traffic areas. Do not stretch them or bend them in a way that risks breakage.

Kitchen:

  • Keep lighters and matches away from children’s reach, and educate them about fire safety.
  • Never leave food cooking on the stove or in the oven unattended.
  • Avoid loose sleeves and other clothing that could catch fire while cooking.
  • Make sure you have a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
  • Cover a grease fire; never use water.

Bed & Bath:

  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Clean you dryer’s lint trap every time you use it.

Garage & Outside:

  • Keep the gutters and ground clear of brush and litter that can catch on fire, especially around cars.
  • Store chemicals, gasoline, and other flammable substances correctly according to the label.
  • Check your grill before starting it to ensure it is in proper working order.
  • Never leave fires unattended. Always douse them with water at night.

Even a small fire can spread quickly. Protect your family and home from the risk of fire and burn. Click here for more information on burns. If you do experience a burn, call 9-1-1 immediately or contact the Emergency Care center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

Sources:
Eliminate Fire Hazards
Reduce the Risk of Fire

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