Fire and Burn Prevention

Home fires can start and spread quickly, which is why we all need to be careful and educated when it comes to fire safety. Just a little bit of planning can make a big difference for your family.

Fire and Burn Prevention

Ninety percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread rapidly and can leave families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds. 

But, fire is just one cause of burn injuries -- children can also be seriously injured by hot foods and beverages, heating appliances, hot pots and pans, electrical currents and chemicals.

Hot water scalds are the leading cause of burns to young children and can be caused by hot liquids or steam. ¬†Young children are particularly at risk because they cannot recognize heat-related hazards quickly enough to react appropriately. In addition, children’s skin is thinner than adults’ and burns at lower temperatures and more deeply. A child exposed to 140-degree Fahrenheit liquid for five seconds will sustain a third-degree burn.

Here are some safety tips and resources to help you plan and protect your children from fire and burns.

Summer Fire Safety Tips

Fire Safety Tips

Scald and Burn Prevention Tips

Fire escape planning video

Home Fire Escape Planning Grid

Video Series for Families of Children with Special Needs

Family Communications Plan for Kids