Fire and Burn Prevention

Cincinnati Children's offers suggestions on fire and burn prevention for your family.

Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in each bedroom.
  • Test alarms every month. Replace batteries once a year even if alarms are hardwired.
  • If you rent, check with your landlord about smoke alarm checks.

Fire Escape Plan

  • Practice a fire escape plan with at least two ways out of each room.
  • Choose a place to meet outside the home.

Other Fire Prevention Safety Tips

  • Place space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that can catch fire (curtains, papers). Always turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed
  • Store matches and lighters in locked cabinets or out of a child’s reach.


  • Do not place hot foods or liquids near the counter’s edge.
  • Cook with pots and pans on back burners. Turn handles away from the front.
  • Slowly open containers that have been in the microwave, as steam can burn little fingers and faces.
  • Don't carry or hold a child while cooking on the stove.

Hot Water

  • Keep the hot-water heater at 120 degrees.
  • Test the bathwater with your wrist or elbow before placing your child in it.
  • Keep appliance cords out of children's reach, especially if the appliances produce a lot of heat.


  • Cover electrical outlets so that children are unable to insert metal objects, such as forks or keys.
  • Unplug and safely store irons, flatirons and other appliances that might be hot to the touch.  

Last Updated 03/2015