SWPPD Blog

 

Feb03

You can prevent burns

There’s just no reason for anyone in your family to suffer from an electrical burn.

The first week of February is Burn Awareness Week, and that’s a good time to take an inventory of your home’s burn hazards. Spend some time that week to:

  • Replace smoke detector batteries, which need changing at least once a year.
  • Put away any extension cords that are left over from Christmas. They’re not made for permanent use and can burn you or your children if they overheat because of overuse.
  • If any electrical wires are hiding under rugs, move them. Stepping on them can cause damage and turn them into a burn hazard—or a fire risk.
  • Teach your children to stay a safe distance away from the stove.
  • Turn pot handles inward when you cook, and place them on rear burners if you have children.
  • Lower your water heater thermostat to120 degrees, a comfortable temperature that won’t scald.
  • Replace traditional candles with realistic-looking, battery-operated versions.
  • Forbid your children from lighting matches and playing with lighters.