Every year at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we see children who have been burned. Working in the Burn Clinic, I often hear family members say, “If only I had not left the lighter out where he could reach it,” or “if only we hadn’t lit that candle.” Accidents happen, but many burns can be prevented by keeping a few easy tips in mind.

Oct. 7-13 is National Fire Prevention Week and I would like to take this opportunity to share some tips about how you can protect yourself and your family.

  1. Have your furnace inspected by a professional to make sure it is working properly.
  2. Never overload electrical sockets. Use multiple outlets instead of overloading one.
  3. Draw up a family escape plan and talk about it with your family.
  4. Have a working smoke detector in your home. Change the batteries every six months, (when you change your clocks is a good time to do it)!
  5. Have a working fire extinguisher in your home and know how to use it.
  6. Keep space heaters away from curtains, bedding or anything flammable.
  7. Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.

Be smart, be safe.

Barb Riordan, BSN, RN~ Barb Riordan, BSN, RN, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

The Burn Clinic at Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive care for children with any kind of burn, including those caused by flames, scalds, electricity, chemicals or friction. Each year, Children’s Hospital cares for more than 100 inpatients with serious burns and more than 700 outpatients.


Protect yourself and your family: Seven tips for preventing burns — 1 Comment

  1. This is all fantastic advice, Barb. Another source of severe burns that your readers might be interested in – especially with the holidays right around the corner – are scalds caused by slow cookers falling after someone pulls or trips on the electrical cord.

    I had the great pleasure of chatting with Dr. Joan Arvedson at Children’s Hospital to come up with ideas for preventing these injuries in a child care setting. My interview with her can be found at http://www.cultureofsafety.com/breakaway if anyone is interested in more information.

    Stay safe everyone!