From the Office of the State Fire Marshal (Commonwealth of Massachusetts)
- Put the coffee down when you hold the baby. A wiggling baby can jiggle your arm and spill the drink all over both of you.
- It’s a well known fact that babies like to grab things. Put hot foods and beverages toward the center of the table and away from inquisitive hands.
- Consider replacing tablecloths with place mats to prevent your child from pulling everything on the table onto herself.
- Hot beverages caused two-thirds of the burns to children under five.
- Set your hot water heater to temperatures of 125ºF or less. (Massachusetts law states that the temperatures must be between 110ºF and 130ºF)
- Test the bath water before you put the baby in it. Water temperature increases as the water runs. The water may be hotter by the time you turn it off, than when you turned it on.
- Always supervise young children in the bath. Babies and toddlers like playing with knobs and levers. They may turn on the hot water when you turn your back.
- Establish and enforce a NO zone around the range. Do not let children play near the range or barbecue. This protects children from cooking liquids, grease and the hot metal.
- Keep handles of pots and pans turned in towards the back of your range so that little ones can’t reach them.
- Put a lid on a grease fire to smother it then turn off the heat. Baking soda will also work. NEVER throw water on a grease fire. Water will only spread the fire around.
- Never move a burning pan. You can too easily ignite your clothes or spill the fire onto someone or something else.
- Stand by your pan! Never leave cooking unattended.