Burn Prevention Tips


The following are tips to prevent burn injuries:

  • Teach your children about the dangers of fire and electricity. Encourage them to be careful.

  • Teach your children to use caution around anything that produces or retains heat. Some things that can cause burn injuries include:
    • Food
    • Car Engines and Exhaust Pipes
    • Hair Driers and Curlers
    • Water Faucets

  • Check car seats and buckles before placing children in the car. Keep towels or blankets in the car to cover seats and buckles when the car is parked in sunlight.

  • Keep your water heater set to less than 120 degrees. Always test bath and shower water before getting in.

  • Check smoke detectors frequently and replace the batteries every six months.

  • Always supervise young children in the kitchen.

  • Teach your children to keep a safe distance away from the stove. Establish a safety boundary.

  • Purchase flame retardant pajamas for children.

  • Develop a family fire escape plan in the home.

  • Conduct family fire drills regularly, during the night as well as during the day.

  • Use protective covers on electrical outlets.

  • Verify that all electrical appliances and devices are stable.

  • Always be sure that a bulb is in the socket of all lamps and light fixtures. An open light socket can cause electric shock.

Burn Injury: Free Consultation

Virginia Burn Injury Attorney Gerald Schwartz represents burn injury victims in Northern Virginia, including fire accident victims who reside in Arlington, Virginia and Prince William County, Virginia. Gerald Schwartz has been selected for inclusion in Virginia Super Lawyers every year since 2007 (only 5% of lawyers are selected). For a free burn injury consultation, call Gerald Schwartz at 1-800-423-0055.