Fire and burn prevention checklist
Most burn injuries happen in the home. This checklist will help you evaluate your home environment and develop good burn safety habits.
- Avoid wearing loose-fitting long sleeves when cooking?
- Know what to do if your clothing should catch fire? --Stop - Drop - Cover - Roll
- Have good lighting in the kitchen and work areas?
- Always keep pot handles turned inward?
- Keep a large lid within reach when frying to extinguish grease fires?
- Use large potholders or oven mitts?
- Avoid leaving food to cook unattended?
- Dry your hands before using electrical appliances?
- Use electrical appliances on dry surfaces away from water?
- Unplug appliances when not in use?
- Check lamp and appliance cords for fraying and/or brittle insulation? Replace worn cords.
- Avoid overloading outlets?
- Use extension cords only for temporary connections?
- Use caution with smoking materials?
- Avoid smoking when in bed, tired, ill, or when consuming alcohol,
or medication that makes you drowsy?
- Use large, safe ashtrays with islands?
- Have safe ashtrays in all smoking areas?
- Have smoke detectors in rooms frequently used by smokers?
- Empty ashtrays into a metal container?
- Check areas where people smoke for live cigarettes or ashes?
- Keep fire escape routes free of clutter?
- Store matches and lighters out of the reach of children?
- Store combustibles/flammable materials such as paint thinner and solvents
in original, tightly-closed containers, away from ignition sources?
- Unplug all electrical tools when not in use?
Do you have
- Emergency phone numbers and other pertinent information posted close to your telephone?
- An emergency escape plan for your home - and practice it frequently?
- If you live with others, does it include an outdoor meeting place?
- Alternate routes for your escape, if the main routes are blocked?
When you report a fire
- Give your name and telephone number.
- Identify the problem - fire, number of people trapped, etc.
- Provide address and location - including house number, street name and municipality
Have you installed smoke detectors:
- On each level of your house?
- On the ceiling just outside your bedroom door?
- In rooms frequently used by smokers?
- Test battery-operated smoke detectors every month?
- Change smoke detector batteries each year?
PROTECT YOUR LOVED ONE FROM BURNS.
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information provided by The Burn Foundation.