Safety at Home

 

Safety at Home

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, more than 200,000 individuals are seen in the nation's emergency rooms each year for burn injuries. The following precautions can help you stay safe at home.

  • Keep hot foods and liquids away from tables and counter edges so they cannot be pulled or knocked over.
  • Have a 3-foot "kid-free" zone around the stove.
  • Never hold a child in your arms while preparing hot food or drinking a hot beverage.
  • Be careful when using things that get hot such as curling irons, straightening irons, ovens, irons, lamps and heaters.
  • Install tamper-resistant receptacles to prevent a child from sticking an object in the outlet.         
  • Never leave a child alone in a room with a lit candle, portable heater, lit fireplace or stove, or where a hot appliance might be in use.
  • Wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking.
  • Set your hot water temperature no higher that 120 degrees.
  • Install anti-scaled valves on showerheads and faucets.

In addition to these important burn prevention strategies, the Ventura City Fire Department would like to encourage residents and families to put their safety first by performing a home hazards inspection.