Ouch! Burns can mean a red fingertip, a blister -- or a trip to the ER. Most burns happen in the home, and most are absolutely avoidable.

  • Don't smoke in bed. Better yet, don't smoke. Period.
  • Keep those pot handles turned inwards (but not over another burner!)
  • If your inner gourmet demands flambĂ©, take your pan off the stove before adding the spirits.
  • Put out a grease fire quickly with another pot lid, but first turn off the heat. Do not use water!
  • Keep a first aid kit in the kitchen. Buttering a burn won't suffice.
  • Set your water heater(s) at no more than 120 o F
  • Always test the bath or shower water before getting in
  • Check electrical cords for frays (pets and kids are known to chew them)
  • Cover unused sockets at child level.
  • Leave the fireworks to the pyrotechnical experts.
  • Respect the hottest flame of all, the sun:
    • Slather on the sunscreen.
    • Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.
    • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
  • Fire prevention is burn prevention. So also remember to:
    • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, near outdoor grills and other places where you use open flames, such as a workshop.
    • Place smoke detectors in every room and change the batteries twice a year (when the clocks go forward or back).
    • Be cautious when using gas-powered equipment.

Finally, as if we need to remind you… Don't stick a fork in the toaster!

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Remember, if you or another has been injured, dial 911 immediately!