You can prevent burns

There’s just no reason for anyone in your family to suffer from an electrical burn.

The first week of February is Burn Awareness Week, and that’s a good time to take an inventory of your home’s burn hazards. Spend some time that week to:

  • Replace smoke detector batteries, which need changing at least once a year.
  • Put away any extension cords that are left over from Christmas. They’re not made for permanent use and can burn you or your children if they overheat because of overuse.
  • If any electrical wires are hiding under rugs, move them. Stepping on them can cause damage and turn them into a burn hazard—or a fire risk.
  • Teach your children to stay a safe distance away from the stove.
  • Turn pot handles inward when you cook, and place them on rear burners if you have children.
  • Lower your water heater thermostat to120 degrees, a comfortable temperature that won’t scald.
  • Replace traditional candles with realistic-looking, battery-operated versions.
  • Forbid your children from lighting matches and playing with lighters.