To reduce your risk of common household burns:

  • Never leave items cooking on the stove unattended.
  • Turn pot handles toward the rear of the stove.
  • Use sturdy oven mitts that cover hands and wrists.
  • Keep hot liquids out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Never cook while wearing loosefitting clothes that could catch fire over the stove.
  • Keep space heaters away from combustible materials.
  • If you must smoke, avoid smoking in the house and especially never smoke in bed.
  • Check your smoke detectors and change their batteries regularly.
  • Keep chemicals, lighters and matches out of the reach of children.
  • Set your water heater's thermostat between 120 and 130 F (49 to 54 C) to prevent scalding.
Aug. 21, 2012