Burns and Fire Safety

Did You Know?
  • On average, one child dies each day from a fire or burn.
  • Working smoke alarms reduce the chance of dying in a home fire by half.
  • Home fires account for nearly 90 percent of all fire-related deaths.
  • Fire can spread rapidly through a home, leaving a family as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds.
  • Home cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires.

One important way Safe Kids works to reduce the number of children harmed by fire and burns is through education. We work with firefighters and community leaders throughout the United States to spread messages of fire safety in clinics and schools and through speaking opportunities and the media.

Fire Prevention Tips

  • Use Daylight Savings Time as a reminder to check your smoke alarms.
  • Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of your house
  • In the event of a fire, grab your family and leave your home immediately and call 911 after you are safely outside.
  • Smoke rises.  If there is smoke when you are leaving the home, get low to the floor.
  • Feel the door, doorknob and cracks around the door, with the back of your hand to see if they are too hot.
  • Choose a place to meet outside that is a safe distance away from your home.
  • If you cannot escape your home, cover all vents and cracks around the door, and call 911 or your fire   department as quickly as possible.
  • If you are trapped inside your home, signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.

Safety tips for around the home and kitchen:

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, and always blow them out when you leave the room or before you go to sleep.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
  • Avoid plugging several appliance cords into the same electrical socket.
  • Limit distractions when cooking.
  • Don’t leave a hot oven or stovetop unattended.
  • When cooking on the stove, turn pan and pot handles inward so they aren't accidentally bumped into.
  • Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency, and make sure you know how it works.
  • If you are using a fireplace or wood stove, make sure you use a safety gate to protect small children.

Fire and Burn Safety Program for Preschoolers and Their Families

Even very young children can learn how to be safe from fire and burns. Start Safe: Fire, is a program designed to teach preschoolers and their families about fire and burn safety at home. There are resources and information available to you whether you are a parent, a preschool teacher, or a firefighter.

Start Safe: Fire, incorporates the latest information and techniques for teaching young kids about fire and burn safety. Preschool teachers and fire safety professionals helped develop these tools, but anyone can download, watch and learn from the videos, printed materials, online games and other resources. Click on the link below to download the Start Safe: Fire materials

Start Safe: Fire materials and resources

Additional Resources

Burns and Fire Safety

Learn more about how to protect your family from fire

Burns and Fire Safety Infographic

US Fire Administration - Fun Stuff for Kids

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