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Stay Safe From Home Fires And Burns

Approximately 435 children are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries each day and two children die as a result of being burned.

These statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrate the need for burn awarness and prevention, especially when it comes to young children.

Younger children are more likely to sustain injuries from scald burns that are caused by hot liquids or steam, while older children are more likely to sustain injuries from flame burns that are caused by direct contact with fire.

The CDC recommends these burn prevention tips:

Be alarmed. Install and maintain smoke alarms in your home—on every floor and near all rooms family members sleep in. Test your smoke alarms once a month to make sure they are working properly.

Have an escape plan. Create and practice a family fire escape plan, and involve kids in the planning. Make sure everyone knows at least two ways out of every room and identify a central meeting place outside.

Cook with care. Use safe cooking practices, such as never leaving food unattended on the stove. Also, supervise young children whenever they’re near cooking surfaces.

Stay warm — safely. If and when you use a space heater, keep it more than three feet away from anything that can catch on fire, like draperies.

If you smoke, attempt to quit. Don’t smoke inside your home. If you do smoke in your home, never smoke in bed or leave burning cigarettes unattended. It is unsafe to smoke while drowsy or under the influence of alcohol or medications. Also, don’t empty burning or hot ashes in a trash can, and keep ashtrays away from upholstered furniture and curtains.

Check water heater temperature. Set your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Infants who aren’t walking yet can’t get out of water that may be too hot, and maintaining a constant thermostat setting can help control the water temperature throughout your home — preventing it from getting too high.

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