In the Kitchen
- Keep pot handles turned away from the edges of the stove. If possible, cook on the back burners.
- Coil appliance cords to prevent a child from pulling on the cords.
- Keep your children safe by creating a “no zone” in your kitchen while cooking.
- Do not eat or drink hot food while holding small children on your lap.
- Do not use tablecloths around small children as they can pull on them and hot food can spill on the child.
- Never let children remove food or drinks from a microwave.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and in proper working order.
- Contain grease fires with baking soda or flour, not water.
In the Bathroom
- Set your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees or less.
- When bathing a child, first stir the bath water with your hand to avoid hot spots. If the water is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for the child.
- Stay with your child at all times, it only takes a second for a child to turn on the hot water.
Around the House
- Matches and lighters should be kept in a high, locked cupboard.
- Teach your child that these objects are not toys and discuss fire hazards with your child.
- Place floor heaters at least four feet away from furniture, curtains and bedding.
- Never place anything on top of an electrical heater or heater vent.
- Test smoke detectors monthly and change batteries every six months. A good reminder is to do it when the time changes.
- Replace your smoke detectors every eight to 10 years.
- Develop an evacuation plan and practice monthly with your children. Establish a safe meeting place outside the home.
- Keep a functional fire extinguisher in the kitchen and garage.
- Gasoline is only to be used for combustible engines.
- Do not use gasoline as a cleaning agent.
- Do not use gasoline to start fires, woodstoves or barbeques.
- Store gasoline and other flammable liquids out of the reach of children.
Smoking and Burns
- If you smoke, do not smoke in bed or in any residential building.
- Make sure cigarettes are extinguished before leaving a room.
- Never throw a lighted cigarette into bushes or grass, where it can start a fire.
- Dropped, lighted cigarettes are the leading cause of fire fatalities. These fatal fires are more likely to occur when the person has been drinking.
- Check your appliance cords frequently to make sure they are not loose or frayed.
- Do not overload outlets.
- Do not place cords under carpets or walkways. Doing so can damage the cord and cause a fire.
- Halogen light bulbs emit intense heat, up to 1100 degrees Fahrenheit. Bulbs stay hot long after they have been turned off.
- Do not use electrical appliances in or near showers or bathtubs.
- As many as 100 people die each year in the U.S. from lightning strikes. Seek shelter as soon as you see lightning.
- Cover unused electrical sockets with plastic socket protectors.