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Burn Prevention
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Burns are one of the most devastating and painful injuries a person can incur. They leave not only life-long physical scars, but emotional ones as well. Follow these important safety tips to help protect you and your family from the pain of burn injuries.

Top Ten Burn Prevention Tips
  1. Gas stations: Did you know using your cell phone while pumping gas is dangerous? So is getting in and out of your car while filling up. Both activities generate static electricity that can spark a fire in your car’s gas tank. Should this happen, do NOT remove the nozzle from your car. Let the fire burn itself out. If you take the nozzle out, the gas could cause an explosion. Before starting to pump, touch a metal object (such as the car hood) with your hand to get rid of any built up static electricity.
  2. Loose clothing: Tuck in all clothing when around open flames. The flames from a grill, fireplace, campfire or gas stove will ignite loose clothing instantly.
  3. Careless smoking: If you choose to smoke, dispose of the matches and cigarettes carefully. Careless smoking habits are the number one cause of home structure fire deaths. If you do smoke, smoke outside, use deep, wide-based ashtrays and don’t smoke in bed or when you’re feeling tired. Fire is even more dangerous than smoking
  4. Refueling hot engines: Never add fuel to a hot lawnmower or motorbike. Wait until the equipment has cooled off to avoid a potential fire.
  5. Car repairs: Don’t hurt or injure yourself while repairing you car. Use extreme caution when working on a car battery or radiator.
  6. Too much sun: Enjoy the sun, but don’t push your luck. Always were protective clothing and sunscreen. A bad burn today could become tomorrow’s skin cancer.
  7. Lit candles: Lit candles are open flames. Keep candles away from children, as well as hair, clothes and other combustible items. Never go to sleep or leave the room while a candle is burning.
  8. Aerosol sprays: Never spark a lighter or strike a match near an aerosol can. Many children are seriously injured every year by this dangerous activity
  9. Hair dryers: Dry your hair with care. Believe it or not, hair can be pulled into the dryer and catch on fire. Read the dryer instructions before using it.
  10. Hot foods or liquids: Take extra care in the kitchen. Use oven mitts to carry hot liquids and foods. And, always follow the directions when using a microwave oven.

For more safety tips and other information about this topic and many others, visit the National Fire Prevention Association.

Download a copy of "Fire and Burn Prevention Checklist" from the Burn Prevention Foundation.

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