During the last 20 years, fatalities and injuries from burns and fires have decreased significantly. This decrease can be attributed to heightened public awareness of fire prevention, as well as safer manufacturing of many consumer products.
The following tips can increase burn awareness and promote fire safety:
- Periodically, check electrical plugs and cords for dirt or fraying.
- Keep appliances unplugged when not in use.
- When cooking, keep pot handles turned inward on the stove top and away from the edge of the stove.
- Turn down your water heater to 120° F.
- Check alternative heating devices for safe operation (electric space heaters or kerosene heaters).
- Check smoke detector batteries and clean your smoke detector often.
- Smoke detector batteries should be changed twice a year. Choose two dates that are easy to remember such as when you change your clocks, or on a summer or winter holiday.
- Before using barbecues or grills, clean them of grease buildup and use lighter fluid sparingly.
- When traveling, know hotel and motel exits in case of a fire.
- Before using a chimney or fireplace during the winter months, have them cleaned.
- Always discard smoking materials in a deep or wet receptacle.
- Do not overload electrical outlets.
- During a power outage, use flashlights instead of candles.
- Use the following tips for Christmas tree safety:
- Check tree lights and decorations.
- Keep trees well-watered.
- Unplug all lights when leaving home for any length of time.
- Do not block an exit with Christmas decorations.