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Is Your Home a 'Burn Zone?'

Follow these suggestions to prevent burns and scalding.


Home is where your dreams live.

But it also can be a potentially dangerous “burn zone.”

These easy-to-follow tips can help you avoid burns and scalds in your home.

Be stove smart

  • Don’t leave the stove or oven unattended when cooking.
  • Point pot handles inward. Place hot dishes where they can’t be knocked down.
  • Keep flammable items and loose-fitting garments away from burners.
  • Create a “kid safety zone” – keep little ones at least three feet from the stove and oven.
  • Use the back burners when young children are present.
  • Stir and test microwaved food before eating.
  • Replace old or worn oven mitts.

Prevent scalding

  • Set your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees or lower.
  • Open heated food containers slowly, away from your face.
  • Before taking a bath, run cold water first, then add hot, and test the water continuously to prevent it from getting too hot.
  • Supervise young children and anyone who may have difficulty removing themselves from hot water.

If you must smoke…

  • Don’t leave burning cigarettes, cigars or other smoking materials unattended.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Keep ashtrays away from flammable objects (curtains, newspapers, furniture, etc.).

Use smoke detectors

  • Install smoke alarms on all levels of your home (including basements and attics) and near all sleeping rooms.
  • Test all smoke alarms monthly.
  • If someone in your home is hearing impaired, install flashing smoke alarms.

Remember, if you or a loved one have been burned or scalded, seek treatment immediately, and call a physician if the injury is severe.

Check out these related resources:

Kitchen Fire Safety Tips

Follow These Hot Fireplace Safety Tips

Protect Your Family with Smoke Alarms