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National Burn Awareness Week aims to raise awareness about the causes and prevention of burn injuries. It provides an opportunity to educate the public about burn risks, safety measures, and first aid.
🔥 Keep flammable items away from heat sources and store them safely.
🔥Be cautious while cooking; never leave food unattended on the stove.
🔥Turn pot handles inward to prevent accidental spills.
🔥Use oven mitts or potholders when handling hot cookware.
🔥Keep flammable items, such as towels or paper towels, away from the stove.
🔥Set your water heater to a safe temperature to prevent scalds, especially if you have young children.
🔥Test the water temperature before placing a child in the bath.
🔥Keep hot liquids and foods away from the edges of tables and countertops.
🔥Install stove guards to prevent children from reaching hot surfaces.
🔥Use safety gates to keep young children away from potentially dangerous areas.
🔥Keep a safe distance from the grill while it's in use.
🔥Use proper grilling tools, and be cautious when handling hot surfaces.
🔥Ensure the grill is in a well-ventilated area, away from flammable materials.
Fire extinguishers do not last forever. While they typically have a long lifespan, they expire and must be replaced or serviced periodically. Most fire extinguishers are marked with a date of manufacture and an expiration date, usually about 5 to 15 years from the manufacturing date.
Additionally, fire extinguishers should be inspected regularly, usually once a month, to ensure they are in good working condition. This includes checking the pressure gauge, inspecting the hose and nozzle for cracks or damage, and ensuring the pin and tamper seal are intact. If any issues are found during these inspections, the extinguisher should be replaced.
It's important to adhere to these guidelines to ensure your fire extinguisher is reliable in an emergency.
Your family must have an escape plan in case of a fire emergency.
Here are some quick tips to keep in mind:
Plan Ahead: Sit down with your family and create a detailed escape plan. Identify all possible exits from each room in your home, including windows.
Practice Makes Perfect: Regularly practice your escape plan with your family members. This helps ensure everyone knows what to do and where to go in a fire.
Stay Low and Go: Teach everyone to stay low to the ground, where the air is cleaner, and to crawl to the nearest exit. Practice this during your drills.
Designate a Meeting Spot: Choose a safe meeting spot outside your home where everyone can gather after escaping. This ensures you can quickly account for all family members.
Don't Go Back In: Stress the importance of never returning to a burning building for any reason. Leave it to the firefighters to handle.
Remember, having a well-thought-out escape plan can save lives. Take the time to prepare and stay safe!