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Nat’l Fire Prevention Week

It may be true that once a child touches a hot stove he learns not to touch hot stoves, but burns are painful and should not be part of the learning process.
That’s why the Pulaski Fire Marshal’s office and Pulaski Fire Department are joining the National Fire Prevention Association in urging citizens to follow the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week and “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.”
The goal of the Oct. 4-10 Fire Prevention Week campaign is to keep homes fire safe in order to prevent painful burns from every occurring, said Pulaski Fire Marshal Chip Hutchinson. Throughout the week the fire department and fire marshal’s office will be presenting fire prevention programs at area schools and day care agencies to teach “how to plan and practice escape from a home in case a fire occurs.”
Hutchinson points out that about 3,000 people die each year and more than 200,000 are treated in the nation’s emergency rooms as the result of home fires and burns.
“The most common types of burn injuries result from fire or flame burns, scalds and contact burns,” said Deputy Fire Marshal Todd Garwood. “Burns are painful and can result in serious scarring and even death. When we take extra caution in our homes to ensure that the curling iron is out of children’s reach or pot handles are turned away from the edge of the stove, such injuries are entirely preventable. Keeping our homes safe from fire and preventing devastating burn injuries is a healthy change we can make happen.”
Garwood said a person can avoid getting burned by following a few simple safety rules:
• Keep hot foods and liquids away from tables and counter edges so they cannot be pulled off or knocked over;
• Have a three-foot “kid-free” zone around the stove;
• Never hold a child in your arms while preparing hot food or drinking a hot beverage;
• Be careful when using things that get hot such as curling irons, ovens, irons, lamps and heaters;
• Install tamper-resistant receptacles to prevent a child from sticking an object in the outlet;
• Never leave a child alone in a room with a lit candle, portable heater, lit fireplace or stove, or where a hot appliance might be in use;
• Wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking;
• Set your hot water temperature no higher than 120 degrees; and
• Install anti-scald valves on showerheads and faucets.
Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. For 86 years fire departments have observed Fire Prevention Week, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
For more information on “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned” visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

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Nat’l Fire Prevention Week

It may be true that once a child touches a hot stove he learns not to touch hot stoves, but burns are painful and should not be part of the learning process.
That’s why the Pulaski Fire Marshal’s office and Pulaski Fire Department are joining the National Fire Prevention Association in urging citizens to follow the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week and “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.”
The goal of the Oct. 4-10 Fire Prevention Week campaign is to keep homes fire safe in order to prevent painful burns from every occurring, said Pulaski Fire Marshal Chip Hutchinson. Throughout the week the fire department and fire marshal’s office will be presenting fire prevention programs at area schools and day care agencies to teach “how to plan and practice escape from a home in case a fire occurs.”
Hutchinson points out that about 3,000 people die each year and more than 200,000 are treated in the nation’s emergency rooms as the result of home fires and burns.
“The most common types of burn injuries result from fire or flame burns, scalds and contact burns,” said Deputy Fire Marshal Todd Garwood. “Burns are painful and can result in serious scarring and even death. When we take extra caution in our homes to ensure that the curling iron is out of children’s reach or pot handles are turned away from the edge of the stove, such injuries are entirely preventable. Keeping our homes safe from fire and preventing devastating burn injuries is a healthy change we can make happen.”
Garwood said a person can avoid getting burned by following a few simple safety rules:
• Keep hot foods and liquids away from tables and counter edges so they cannot be pulled off or knocked over;
• Have a three-foot “kid-free” zone around the stove;
• Never hold a child in your arms while preparing hot food or drinking a hot beverage;
• Be careful when using things that get hot such as curling irons, ovens, irons, lamps and heaters;
• Install tamper-resistant receptacles to prevent a child from sticking an object in the outlet;
• Never leave a child alone in a room with a lit candle, portable heater, lit fireplace or stove, or where a hot appliance might be in use;
• Wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking;
• Set your hot water temperature no higher than 120 degrees; and
• Install anti-scald valves on showerheads and faucets.
Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. For 86 years fire departments have observed Fire Prevention Week, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
For more information on “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned” visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

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