Fire Safety Tips:
- Learn and practice to "Stop, Drop and Roll"
- In smoke get low under smoke and GO!
Practice Fire Drills, also known as Fire Exit Drills:
- Have at least 2 exits, and know them well!
- Have an assembly point, a place where everyone can meet up and know everyone is all right.
- Use stairs, never elevators! Break windows and screens if necessary, don't take the time to open them.
Burn First Aid:
- Call 911
- Stop, Drop and Roll
- Crawl low under smoke
- Remove all burned clothing, but not if it is stuck to burned skin
- Use COOL water immediately on the burn. DO NOT use vaseline, butter, or ice.
- Cover the burn. Use a clean dry cloth/sheet. Keep the person warm to avoid shock.
- Seek immediate medical attention.
Become a Burn Buster!
In Every Room:
- Cover all electrical sockets with outlet covers
- Replace frayed wiring or loose connections
- Unplug all appliances and decorative lighting before going out or to sleep
- Remove all wiring/cords from under rugs (a severe fire hazard) and place out of reach of children and pets.
- Keep all lights and matches out of children's reach
- NEVER overload outlets or dangle cords
- NEVER put papers or flammable items near hot appliances and on top of lamps
In the Bedroom:
- Keep electrical heaters away from bedding
- NEVER smoke
In the Kitchen:
- Keep potholders, aprons, paper away from the stove and oven
- Turn pothandles inward so they can't be reached/pulled down by children
- Use frying pan screens to prevent grease from splattering
- Cover pan with a lid if grease catches fire
- Throw baking soda or salt on grease fires
- Lock chemicals and cleaning agents away or put them out of reach of children
In the Living Room:
- Keep fireplace covered with a protective screen
- Remove flammable items from near the fireplace or room heaters
- NEVER leave children alone when a fireplace is lit
- NEVER leave candles burning unattended
- NEVER leave cigarettes unattended/smoldering in ashtrays
In the Backyard:
- Keep barbeque equipment away from flammable items
- Supervise fire and cooking
- Extinguish coals or fire when unattended
- NEVER leave barbeque of fire unattended
- NEVER apply additional lighter fluid once the fire is started
- NEVER leave young children in charge of the fire
- NEVER, NEVER use gasoline to light the fire or pour it on coals!!!
In the Bath:
- Set hot water heater thermostat to 120 degrees F
- Supervise children or disabled persons while bathing
- Test bath/shower temperature before bathing
- NEVER leave children alone while they're bathing
- Tap water can severely injure in no time at all!
Hot water causes 2nd degree burns in:
- 1 second @ 156 degrees
- 2 seconds @ 149 degrees
- 5 seconds @ 140 degrees
- 15 seconds @ 133 degrees
For a more comprehensive chart of water temperature to severity of burns comparison, go to the hot water scald table.