• Protect Yourself Against Fire and Treat Burns

    ​​Know what to do when dealing with fire and burns.​

  • Fire

    Fires in homes are a serious issue. Often fatal fires are the result of not having a working smoke alarm or carbon monoxide dectector. You can prevent fires through simple steps. Make sure you have a properly working smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm, change the batteries at least once a year. Plan and practice a family escape route. Learn how to use your fire extinguisher and remember if your clothes catch on fire to: Stop, Drop and Roll.

    If you are evacuating a burning building don't go through doors whose handles are hot. Leave your house, call for help. Do not go back to help someone else.

  • ​Burns

    Burns are a common injury whether it be from a household cleaning product or the sun. How severe a burn is varies by degrees. There are three types of burns: first degree, second degree, and third degree burns. If you don't know how severe your burn is call 911 or seek medical treatment. The following are the most common causes of burns:

    • Scalds
    • Fire
    • Chemicals
    • Electricity
    • Sun
  • Preventing Burns

    You can prevent burns using simple safety steps such as ​using pot holders when handling hot pots and pans also be careful when frying foods. Keep chemicals out of the reach of children and unplug household appliances when not in use. Make sure your electrical sockets are covered and keep kids away from the stove or fireplace.

    When trying to beat the heat or spending a day in the sun, make sure to use and reapply sunscreen. It's best to prevent direct exposure to sun when possible.

  • Treating Burns

    ​If you or a loved one gets a burn, follow these steps.

    ​For minor burns you should use a cool compress, cover the burn with a non-stick dressing and take over-the-counter pain reliever.

    For major burns you should call 911, make sure the victim is not in contact with the burn source, check for responsiveness and breathing. If the victim is not breathing begin CPR.

  • Treat Burns

    ​Learn how to treat minor and major burns.

  • Fire Safety Tips

    Stay safe before, during and after a fire.​

  • Safety Checklist

    ​A safety checklist in case of a fire.


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