Household safety can save lives. By following these safety tips around your home you can keep your family and friends safe in your home.
Burns and scalds
- More than 7 children each year are burned to death in New Zealand. 50% are under 4 years of age.
- More than 80 children suffer painful burns each year many of which will require years of skin graft operations as they grow.
How to stay safe with heating:
- NEVER LEAVE A CHILD ALONE AROUND NAKED FLAMES.
- Kitchens are not safe play areas.
- Keep a fire blanket and/or extinguisher in a readily accessible place.
- Refrain from buying lighters that resemble toys.
- Keep matches out of reach.
- Keep lighted candles away from curtains.
- Lighted candles should be secured in safe containers.
- Keep lighted candles out of traffic areas.
- Put oil burners and candle burners away after use.
- Ensure you have fire guards around all heaters and fireplaces. Secure to wall if possible.
- Spark guards will not stop a child falling into a fire.
- Keep heaters out of traffic areas and never dry clothing on heaters.
- Acrylic clothing melts when too close to heat. Beware of children hugging heaters.
- Check nightwear for labels regarding fire danger.
- Install smoke alarms in bedrooms and living areas. Don’t forget to check batteries.
- Turn your water temperature down to 55 degrees celsius.
- Run cold water first, test temperature 3 times before bathing.
- Never leave a child alone in the bath.
- One child’s life could be saved each year if the bath plug had been put out of reach.
- Use hot tap cover.
- Keep all electrical cords from appliances out of child’s reach.
- As most child scalds are caused by hot drinks, use tablemats not tablecloths while small children are present so they cannot yank on the cloth.
- Never carry a child and hot liquids at the same time.
- Keep all containers of hot liquids well out of a child’s reach.
- For all burns, don’t forget the rule 20 minutes under cold running water.
- Role-play with your family an escape plan should there be a fire. ‘Once out stay out’.
- Have a prearranged meeting place.
Electrical Safety in your home
- Always use socket safety guards.
- Ensure extension cords are not in traffic areas.
- Don’t run power cords under carpets.
- Regular checks for frayed ends and broken wires.
- Power tools are not toys.
Gas Safety in your home
- If you can smell gas, keep flames and cigarettes out of the room.
- Regularly check the hose and connection on your mobile gas heater. !
- Have your LPG Cabinet heater serviced annually.
- With gas heating make sure it’s installed safely, maintained regularly and well ventilated.
- If you can smell gas around your gas appliance, turn it off and call a registered Gasfitter to source the problem.
- Do not switch on lights or electrical appliances if you have a gas leak as it may cause an explosion.