Follow these guidelines to keep you and your family safe from burns at home.

  • Keep pot handles turned away from the edge of the stove so that they can't be knocked over by accident.
  • Check your smoke alarm regularly. If you have a battery-operated smoke alarm, change the batteries every 6 months.
  • Replace your smoke alarm at least once every 10 years – smoke alarms can wear out.
  • Blow out candles before you leave a room.
  • Place fire extinguishers around the home and know how to use them in case of emergency.
  • If you're dealing with harsh chemicals, wear gloves and cover up exposed skin.
  • Unplug clothes irons, hair styling irons, and other hot devices once you are done with them.
  • Avoid using a hot-steam vaporizer. Choose a cool-water humidifier to add moisture to your home.
  • Don't smoke in bed. Make sure all cigarettes are extinguished before you dispose of them.
  • Dip a blown-out match head in water before tossing it in the garbage – even though it's not burning, it could be hot enough to ignite tissues.
  • Always keep an eye out on children and remind them of what is and isn't a toy.
  • Don't light your own fireworks (of course you can watch organized fireworks that are put on by professionals).