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Fire and Burn Prevention for Parents and Caregivers

Did you know…

  • Fires and burns are the #5 cause of injury-related death to children in the United States?
  • Over 300 children are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries each day and 2 children die as a result of being burned?
  • 47% of children who died from fires or burns were aged 4 and under?

Use these safety tips to help protect yourself and others from fire and burns:

  • Cook with caution: never leave flammable items near the stove, turn all handles away from children's reach, and never leave a child in the kitchen alone while you're cooking.
  • Keep matches, candles, gasoline, lighters and all other flammable materials locked away and out of children's reach.
  • Set your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Consider installing water faucets and shower heads containing anti-scald technology.
  • Install and maintain smoke alarms in your home. Make sure to test them once a month.
  • Have an escape plan and practice it with your family. Make sure everyone knows at least 2 ways out of every room and choose a central meeting place outside.
  • Never smoke in bed and extinguish cigarettes before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Never leaving a burning candle unattended and keep candles away from children, pets, or combustible materials.

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