Burn Prevention Tips

FirefighterSmoke Detectors

Half of all deaths or injuries in residential fires occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. Install smoke detectors on all floors and test them once a month. When you change your clocks, replace the batteries in your smoke alarms.

Escape Plan

Help your family escape in the event of a fire by having an escape plan and holding fire drills at least twice a year. Identify two exit routes from each room and ensure all members of the family are familiar with the plan.

Hot Liquids

Most scald injuries happen to young children. Keep water heater settings at or below 120°F.

Fire Extinguishers

Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how to use it.

Safe Cooking

Turn pot handles inward to prevent children from pulling down a hot pan. Keep flammable items at least 3′ from the range top.

Stop, Drop and Roll

If you catch on fire, STOP where you are, DROP to the ground, cover your face and ROLL over and over until the fire goes out.


Install child safety caps on wall outlets. Don’t overload electrical outlets and check wire/cords for damage.

Careless Smoking

If you smoke, dispose of matches and cigarettes safely.

Lit Candles

Lit candles are open flames. Keep candles away from hair, clothes, and curtains. DO NOT allow children to keep or burn candles or incense in their bedrooms.

Wood Stoves and Fireplaces

Wood burning stoves, fireplaces and portable heaters get hot on the outside. Make sure you have a glass or metal screen in front of fireplaces.

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