Take Time Out for Burn Awareness

It’s Burn Awareness Week, which makes this a good time to revisit fire safety habits. 

Start by checking your smoke alarms. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and in each bedroom, and replace any smoke detectors that are more than 10 years old. 

Next, review your fire escape plan and practice it with others in your household. Fires spread quickly, so get out of the house immediately if a fire starts.

Finally, review the tips below to make sure you’re making the right choices to prevent burns and fires. 

  • Set water heaters at 120 degrees.  Anything higher puts your household (particularly children and seniors) at risk for scalding burns.
  • When bathing small children, keep the water temperature at 100 degrees or less, as their skin is more sensitive to heat.

Fireplaces & heaters
  • Have your chimney inspected once a year and cleaned if necessary.
  • Use a fireplace screen or gate to keep children from touching the glass door.

  • Don’t store items near the furnace or hot water heater.
  • Clean the lint trap on your dryer after each use, and clean the dryer vent at least once a year.

Campfires and grilling
  • Never use gasoline to start a fire.
  • Don’t add charcoal lighter fluid once a flame has ignited.

  • Store gasoline in a detached shed or garage, in small quantities, in approved containers.
  • Never use gasoline as a cleaning agent.
  • Fill gasoline motors outside, NOT in an enclosed garage.
  • Let small motors cool before you refuel them.

If a burn does occur, use COOL (not cold) water to stop the burning process. Remove all clothing around the injured area, and cover the area with clean, loose bandages. Seek medical attention.

Fire safety measures may seem like common sense to many adults, but children often are unsure and unaware of many of the hazards. Be sure to educate them with these safety tips.