Burn and Fire Prevention
Burn and Fire Prevention in the Child Care Environment
- Install and regularly check smoke detectors. Check batteries frequently.
- Keep a fire extinguisher on hand, know how to use it and refill it immediately after each use.
- Do not allow children in cooking areas without supervision. Teach them that there are areas of the facilities that are “off-limits” for play and exploration.
- Do not drink or carry anything hot near a child.
- Keep hot foods and drinks away from the edge of tables and counters. Do not leave them on a tablecloth that a child can grab.
- Use the rear burners for cooking. Turn the handles of pots towards the rear or center of the stove.
- Test hot food before giving it to a child. This includes food from a microwave oven.
- Never warm bottles in a microwave oven.
- Put barriers around fireplaces, radiators and hot pipes.
- Teach children to stay away from hot things and not to play with matches, lighters, chemicals and electric equipment.
- Plan a fire escape route and practice it. Train children how to properly respond to a fire (they should know the sound of a smoke alarm, two ways out of every room, how stop, drop and roll, etc.)
- Never use portable, open flame or space heaters.
- Use safety devices to cover electrical outlets. Avoid overloading electrical wiring.
- Lower the temperature of your hot water heater to 120° F or lower. Always check the water temperature before placing your child in the tub. Supervise children in the tub.
- Store matches, lighters, chemicals and other hazardous items out of the reach of children. Check for fire and burn dangers, and make the necessary changes.