Fire and Burn Prevention

Install a smoke detector on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas. Test the smoke detector once a month to make sure it is working. Change the batteries every year (unless the directions say otherwise).
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children. 
  • Check your furnace or heating system each year to make sure it is working. 
  • Check electrical appliances and cords regularly for damage or worn wires. 
  • Have a fire extinguisher in your home, especially near the kitchen, furnace or fireplace. 
  • Create a fire escape plan for your house.  Have your family practice what to do in case of a fire.
    • Know two ways out of each room.
    • Have a meeting spot outside.
    • Call the fire department once outside.
  • Never carry your child with hot liquids in your hand or drink hot liquids while holding a child in your lap. Young children tend to grab at things so put down your child before picking up something hot.  
  • Turn the handles of pots toward the rear of the stove when cooking on the front burners. 
  • Never leave a hot iron unattended.  A child can easily pull on the cord and get burned.  
  • Check the temperature of your home’s water heater. It should be less than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to keep you and your family from getting burned. 
  • If your child gets burned, put the burned area in cold water right away.
    • Cover the area loosely with a clean cloth and call your child’s doctor right away.

Carbon monoxide detectors are also important to have installed in your family’s home.

  • Carbon monoxide gas is released from gas appliances that may not be functioning properly.
  • These detectors find the colorless and odorless carbon monoxide gas, which can be deadly.

Last Updated 09/2012