: Fire safety & prevention
After traffic-related injuries, residential fires are the next
leading cause of injury-related deaths. Averting such tragedy
starts with the following precautions:
- Smoke detectors save many lives. There should be at least
one on each floor of your home, and more if possible, especially
in children's rooms. Smoke detectors should be regularly tested
and always have fresh batteries. It's one of the least expensive
yet best investments you can make for your family.
- Don't smoke in bed. The leading cause of house fires where
a child has died is smoking in bed.
- Work out an action plan with the whole family about what
you will all do in case of a fire. Plan and practice alternative
escape routes from every room in your home.
- You should own and know how to use at least one all-purpose
fire extinguisher. Be sure your extinguisher is always fully
charged, and regularly inspected by a trained technician.
- If you have disposable lighters in the house, make sure
they are child resistant.
Other Injury Prevention
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designed to be an educational aid only. It is not intended to
replace the advice and care of your child's physician, nor is
it intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. If
you suspect that your child has a medical condition, always
consult a physician.
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