Tips for Protecting Children from Burns & Fire Hazards Around the Home
Tips for Protecting Children from Burns & Fire
We don't need the Mississauga Fire Department to tell us that burns from a heat or fire injury can be extremely painful. It can also come with devastating and lifelong health consequences. Since children are curious by nature and generally don’t know any better, they unfortunately, become the victim of household-related accidents. Thousands of children end up in the emergency room every year due to burns from the stove, oven, grill, or even a car. The sad part is, many of these accidents could have been prevented. Read on to learn the best tips for protecting children from burns and fire hazards around the home.
Tips for Protecting Children from Burns & Fire Hazards
Unfortunately, there are many fire hazards in and around the home when it comes to children. Their curious minds and inquisitive natures can sometimes lead them into trouble if they are not taught about proper fire safety. For even younger children, like babies and toddlers, child-proofing the home and astute supervision is crucial.
Below you will find some tips for protecting children from burns and fire hazards. Above all it is important to teach them fire safety such as things to avoid, leaving the house in the event of a fire, and what to do if they catch on fire (stop, drop, and roll).
Tips for Outside:
- Keep children a safe distance away from any bonfires or fire pits. They are not always steady on their feet. You want to make sure that if they happen to fall, it is far enough away that they don’t get burned.
- Make sure to stay near outdoor grills when cooking and don’t allow children around them. Teach them to maintain a safe distance or they could get burned.
Tips for Inside:
- When cooking, try to use the back burners of the stove in case little curious hands reach up to see what you’re doing. Also, keep the handles of all pots and pans turned away from the edge so a child can’t reach up and pull it down.
- Never microwave bottles and ensure that microwaved food is not too hot before giving it to a child.
- Keep children away from all potential fire hazardous items. This can include candles, lamps, matches, hot irons, and more.
- Properly childproof the home including covering all sockets. Children like to stick things inside of electrical outlets and can both electrocute and burn themselves if not protected.
- Make sure you have smoke detectors installed near the child’s bedroom and on every level of the home. Check them each month and change the batteries when needed.
At SERVPRO of North Mississauga we care about our community and are available to help in case of a Fire Damage Emergency 24/7 365 days a year. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure so stay safe!