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October 1, 2009
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Fire Prevention Week Stresses the Importance of Injury Prevention

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Everyone can play a role in keeping homes fire safe and preventing painful burns, says Prince Edward Island Public Safety Minister Carolyn Bertram.

“The most common types of burn injuries result from fire or flame burns, scalds and contact burns,” said Minister Bertram. “By taking precautions in our homes - for example ensuring that the curling iron is out of children’s reach or that pot handles are turned away from the edge of the stove - these injuries can be prevented.” The Provincial Fire Marshal’s Office and the Island Fire Service is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for 2009 Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.”

By following some simple safety rules, you can prevent painful or life-threatening injuries.

• Keep hot foods and liquids away from tables and counter edges so they cannot be pulled or knocked over.

• Have a 3-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, oven, irons, lamps, 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.

• Install anti-scald valves on shower heads and faucets.

Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. For 85 years, fire departments have observed Fire Prevention Week, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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