14,000 children ages 14 and under are seriously injured every year as a result of a fire-related accident. Over 4% of those injuries are fatal.
Protect your family against preventable fire-related accidents with these simple safety tips:
- When the stove or oven is on, make sure there is always an adult in the kitchen.
- Turn pot handles inward so they can’t be knocked.
- Keep flammable objects such as curtains, paper towels and cloth towels away from the stove when cooking.
- Turn off portable space heaters at night or when adults leave the room and keep them at least three feet from any object that can catch on fire.
- Install a screen around your fireplace.
- Have your chimney professionally inspected and cleaned annually.
- Make sure electrical cords have no cracks.
- Never run extension cords under carpet or across doorways.
- Use separate outlets for each kitchen appliance.
- Test smoke alarms regularly.
- Keep matches, lighters and candles out of children’s reach.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Keep your grill at least 10 feet from your house, garage and trees.
- Always make sure there is a fire extinguisher handy inside and outside your home.
- Never pour starter fluid directly onto a flame.
- On these nice summer nights, never leave a campfire unattended and always put it out with water, dirt and/or sand before you leave the site.
- Don’t bury coals before smothering them with water – they can smolder and start a new fire.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a fire-related accident, contact us immediately for a free case appraisal.