The Home Safety Council’s latest report indicates that fires and serious burns are the third leading cause of unintentional home injuries and related deaths. Serious injuries can be eliminated, or greatly reduced, if everyone in your house understands the following preventative measures.
Prevent Cooking Fires
Always remain near the grill when cooking outdoors. The same rule applies when cooking in the kitchen. Keep children and pets away from grills and stoves. Keep grills at least ten feet away from the house, shrubs and other objects. Keep anything that can burn such as paper, plastic, towels and curtains away from the range top.
Prevent Injuries Caused by Heating Source
Young children and senior citizens can easily be injured or killed if they are allowed to remain unattended near the fireplace, wood burning heaters or space heaters. Heating systems and chimneys should be inspected at least once per year. If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, get one now. Carbon monoxide exposure accounts for an estimated 15,000 emergency department visits and 500 unintentional deaths in the United states each year.
Other Fire Prevention Measures
It is essential that every family own, and know to use a fire extinguisher. You should also make, and practice, a fire escape plan. Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home and the batteries should be replaced at least once per year.
Additional fire prevention measures can be found by visiting the Home Safety Council’s website at: http://www.homesafetycouncil.org/index.asp
Did You Know
Most families are uninformed about the serious risk of hot water burns. Small children are especially vulnerable to burns and scalds when water heater settings exceed 140 degrees F. Prevent injuries to infants and other members by setting your water heater to 120 degrees Farenheitt.