Even though we’ve had a warmer than usual winter, this time of year I still love the idea of curling up in front of a fireplace with a book and a hot cup of cocoa. But cold weather also brings a higher risk for fires and burns.

We were lucky to have some special visitors to the hospital from the Greenfield and Waukesha fire departments to teach kids about fire safety and how to prevent burns. They shared some great steps that all families can take to keep themselves and their homes safe from burns and fires:

1. Don’t use electric heaters to heat your home over night.
2. Never place an electric heater close to blankets or flammable materials.
3. Keep children away from electric heaters.
4. Keep children away from the fire place. Even the protective glass can get hot enough to burn a child.
5. Keep your water heater set at 120 degrees.
6. Make sure all smoke detectors have working batteries.
7. Keep hot beverages out of a child’s reach.
8. Always know where your children are when you are using the oven, cook top or microwave.
9. When heating liquids in the microwave make sure you check the temperature prior to drinking.
10. Check the temperature of bath water before bathing your child, and never leave him or her unattended in the bathtub.

~ Stephanie Clayton, child life specialist, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Stephanie Clayton




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