Prevention of Burns
Burns are injuries caused from exposure to fire, heat, or a heat-producing agent. The majority of burn injuries occur in the home, where prevention steps can be taken.
General steps to protect from burns
- Cook carefully!
Cooking is the primary cause of residential fires.
- Never leave food unattended on a stove.
- Keep pot handles turned inward.
- Keep cooking areas free of towels and other flammable objects.
- When cooking, wear clothes that fit properly and do not have long, loose-fitting sleeves.
Smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths!
- Never smoke in bed or leave burning cigarettes unattended.
- Do not empty smoldering ashes into a trash can.
- Keep ashtrays away from upholstered furniture and curtains.
Smoke alarms lower the chance of dying in a house fire by 40-50%.
- Install smoke alarms on all levels in the home, including basements and attics, and near rooms where people sleep.
- Use long-life smoke alarms with lithium-powered batteries and hush buttons so you can quiet them without removing the batteries.
- If long-life alarms are not available, use regular alarms and replace the batteries annually.
- Test all smoke alarms monthly to be sure they function.
- Don’t leave containers of hot liquids/food on or near the edge of furniture.
- Don’t carry or eat hot liquids or food while holding a child.
- Don't leave burning candles within reach of young children.
- Always test food temperatures before serving.
- Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
- Keep water heater set at 120-125 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding; test water before placing child in bathtub.
- Cover unused electrical outlets with safety caps.
For more information: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/injury-prevention/burns.htm