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Burns often happen unexpectedly, but you can take precautions to help prevent them:

Precautions to help prevent burns in the home

  • Place smoke alarms in your home.  Check them weekly and if they are battery operated replace the batteries every 6 months.  Plan ahead how you will escape from your home in a fire emergency.  Conduct regular fire drills at home.
  • Prevent chemical burns by wearing gloves and other protective clothing when handling chemicals.  Store chemicals out of the reach of children.
  • If you smoke, don't smoke in bed.  Get rid of used cigarettes carefully.
  • Put covers on any electrical outlets that are within children's reach.
  • Test the water temperature before you or your children get into the tub or shower.  Don't allow young children to touch the faucet handles during a bath.
  • Set the temperature on your water heater to 120º F, or use the "low-medium" setting.  Water that is hotter than this can cause burns in 2 to 3 seconds.
  • Turn the handles of pots and pans toward the side of the stove, or use the back burners of the stove.  Don't allow small children to play near the stove or help you cook at the stove.  Don't wear clothing with long, loose sleeves when you are cooking.
  • Use cool-water humidifiers or vaporizers.  If you use hot-steam vaporizers, keep them out of the reach of children.
  • Before putting a child into a car seat, touch the seat to see how hot it is.  Hot seat-belt straps or buckles can cause partial-thickness burns (second-degree burns) on small children. Cover the car seat with a towel when you park in the sun.

If you have any more questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact: 


David VanBuskirk

Fire Marshal

Phone 580-767-0368

Fax 580-767-1335


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