According to the American Burn Association, every year in America 500,000 burn injury victims receive medical treatment and 4,000 fire and burn injury victims die from fire-related accidents. To help protect you and your loved ones from traumatic burn injuries, here are four ways you can prevent burn injuries at home:
- Keep your home well-maintained: Many times burn injuries are the result of faulty electric wiring. If you have the smallest concern about your home’s electrical system, it’s vital to get a licensed electrician to check for any issues that could lead to serious fire-related accidents.
- Watch out in the kitchen: Most burn injuries that occur at home happen in the kitchen while cooking. Make sure that your pot handles are turned inward, so children can’t grab pots and harm themselves, never leave pans or pots unattended and always use oven mitts to prevent burn injuries.
- Be careful with chemicals: When practicing some hobbies or doing home projects, you might have to use strong chemicals. If misused, these chemicals could lead to painful burn injuries. Always store and use chemicals as directed in order to prevent fire-related accidents and chemical burns.
- Make sure your tap water isn’t too hot: You might not think about your tap water burning you, but it certainly can, especially small children and the elderly. Keep your hot water heater set at no more than 130 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent burn injuries.
Even if you follow fire safety to avoid fire-related accidents, many aren’t as careful. If you or a loved one were the victim of burn injuries due to the negligence of someone else, you are entitled to justice and compensation for your physical and emotional trauma. Contact the experienced Texas burn injury attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.