This week is National Burn Awareness Week. The attorneys at Hupy and Abraham have posted several articles on the site with information about burn injuries. Nearly 70 percent of burn injuries occur in the home; most of these burns are preventable. Here are 20 tips that can help you protect your family and prevent burn injuries in your home.
- Do not overload electrical outlets.
- Keep appliances unplugged when they are not in use.
- Every time you plug a cord in, check the plug and cord for dirt or fraying.
- Change your smoke detector batteries twice a year. Many people do this when they change their clocks to adjust for Daylight Savings Time. Clean the smoke detector when you change the batteries.
- When you change your smoke detector batteries, you should also check the plugs on your major appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher, dryer) and any other electric appliance that is always plugged in (TV, cable box, etc.).
- Prepare a fire plan with your family. Map out an exit strategy and designate a safe meeting place away from the home. Have a fire drill.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and laundry room.
- Don’t allow children near the stove when you are cooking with hot oil or boiling water.
- Keep all pot handles turned inward and away from the edge of the stove.
- Don’t heat milk or formula in the microwave. The milk will not heat evenly and could cause scalding even if the top feels cool. Use a bottle warmer for even heating.
- Always test the temperature before giving your child food from the microwave. Never remove food from the microwave while holding your child.
- Do not place soup, coffee, tea, or other hot liquids within the reach of children.
- Do not use a tablecloth if you have young children. The child may pull on the tablecloth, causing hot items to spill.
- Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
- Turn your water heater to 120° F. Check the temperature of the bathwater before bathing your child.
- Follow directions when using kerosene heaters or electric space heaters.
- Have your chimney cleaned each fall before you use your fireplace or stove.
- Clean barbecue grills before using.
- Store chemicals and cleaners out of your child’s reach.
- Use flashlights, not candles, during a power outage.
You can’t prevent every burn. You certainly can’t anticipate an improperly repaired hot water heater or a faulty hair dryer. When you or someone you love suffers a serious burn from a defective product, you have a right to seek compensation from the company responsible for the injury. To learn more about burn injury lawsuits, please contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-390-6350.