“Safety first” should be the motto in every home but reducing the risk of accidents and injuries becomes even more important when caring for another person in their home or yours.
Sadly, even today, house fires are the main cause of death and injury with electrical and chemical burns often causing disfigurement, physical disability, and/or emotional difficulties.
And, while pets give us comfort, friendship and unconditional love, it’s helpful to remember that they can cause fires by chewing wires or bumping into, turning on, and knocking over cooking equipment, stoves, or heaters.
Burns can vary in severity, and are usually identified by the degree of tissue destruction ranging from superficial scalds to thermal burns to third-degree level burns.
The first aid treatment and emergency management of any burn depends on the location and severity of damaged skin. Immediate medical attention from a health care professional is essential for serious burns.
What’s key is reducing their likelihood. Here are some simple things to do to reduce the risk of house fires:
1) Install smoke detectors.
Fire-related deaths are 50% lower in homes with at least one functioning smoke detector. Set up a system to regularly check/replace batteries.
2) Install home fire extinguishers.
Place in plain view, near an exit route, and away from stoves and heating appliances.
3) Skip the ambiance.
Consider against using candles as they are one of the most common causes of house-hold fires.
4) Talk and practice. Regularly review your fire escape plan with all care providers and family. Note that pets should be left behind and who to call in case of an emergency. Practice the plan on a regular basis, especially with new care providers.
If a fire occurs in your home, get out and stay out, then call for help. Remember: Firefighters are professionally trained and experienced in emergency situations.
For more information on how to fire and safety proof your loved-ones’ home visit: firesmartcanada.ca/homeowners/protect-your-home.
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