Five Ways To Keep Your Family Safe From Burn & Fire Injuries This Fall
Don’t let your family Fall for fire and burn risks this Autumn. Remember that a burn injury can happen to anyone! Each day over 300 children are seen in emergency rooms, and two children die from burn injuries. Although these statistics are frightening, it’s essential to recognize steps you can take to keep your loved ones safe.
Keep Halloween and Fall decorations away from heat sources.
Consider using battery-operated candles. If you opt for real candles over electric ones, blow them out and keep them out of reach of small children (or overly excited trick-or-treaters!).
Ensure that decorations are not blocking emergency exit paths. Practice a fire escape plan with your family, including a designated meeting spot outside the house. Fall is an excellent time to practice the stop, drop and roll technique with your children.
Make sure that space heaters are surrounded by at least three feet of space. A space heater placed too close to furniture or a blanket is a major fire hazard! Remember to turn off space heaters when you go to sleep or leave the house.
Get your chimney inspected each year to make sure that it is safe. Verify each month that smoke detectors are in working order.
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