Fire and Burn Prevention
Cincinnati Children's offers suggestions on fire and burn prevention for your family.
- 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.
- 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