Safety and Injury Prevention Fire & Burn Prevention Nearly 87 percent of all fire-related deaths are due to house fires, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.There are many ways to prevent fires and burns. Fire & Burn Prevention Tips View All Burn Prevention Fire and burn-related injuries are among the leading causes of injury to children under 5. Here are a few things to keep in mind when children are in the house:Keep children at least 3 feet away from any hot surface including grills, stoves, and heatersKeep hot objects out of children’s reach, like hot pans and curling irons. Always test bath water with the inside of your wrist before placing a child in the bathKeep children away from fireplaces and heatersTeach children to never touch the stove, even when its off, the kitchen is not a safe to play area Preventing House Fires House fires are the leading cause of fire related deaths. Make your home a safe place:Smoke alarms decrease your chance of dying in a fire by 50%. Make sure you have plenty.If you need smoke alarms, call your local fire department; don't wait until it's too late. Keep fire building materials like matches, lighters and flammable materials out of reach of children.Always check on sleeping children in a fire; they are much more likely to sleep through a smoke alarm.Have fire drills and an escape plan, and make sure your children recognize the alarm and know where to go and what to do in a house fire.Make sure anyone with a second floor window has a window ladder or alternative escape route.Never re-enter a home that is on fire.Call 911 for any house fire, even a small one; don’t try to put the fire out first. Never use turkey or fish fryers within 15 feet of a structure.Here is a great video on fire escape. Outdoor Fire Safety Whether camping, cooking or just enjoying an evening in the back yard, fires and fire pits can be a great way to enjoy cool outdoor evenings. Here are some things to consider when keeping your fire or fire pit safe:Always keep children away from fires.Remember to keep fire building materials such as wood and lighter fluid a safe distance from your fire.Keep fire pits 15 feet away from any structure.Keep blankets and loose clothing away from fire pits.Keep a hose or bucket of water close by.Never leave fires going after you leave the area. Fireworks Safety Whether it’s the 4th of July, New Year’s or any other occasion, fireworks can be a fun and exciting way celebrate. If you choose to light your own fireworks, here are some great ways to keep your celebration safe:Never use fireworks without adult supervision.Sparklers are not safe for children, burning at over 1,200 degrees. Try glow sticks instead.Always have a hose or plenty of water close by.Keep your fireworks a safe distance from where you are lighting them.Always choose an open space away from structures or trees to light fireworks.Always wear safety glasses.Move at least 25ft away after lighting fireworks.Never attempt to re-ignite fireworks that go out.Check out this short video on fireworks safety. TRAUMA & ACUTE CARE SURGERY Follow Injury Prevention at CoxHealth on Facebook. Get the latest injury prevention tips, news, and other updates from CoxHealth. right Follow Injury Prevention at CoxHealth on Facebook.