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    • Wildfire

      Wildfire. As the temperatures rise, and things dry out (especially considering the current drought issues) wildfire risk rises everywhere.

      Some reminders about Wildfire Safety:

      Do you know what to do if you spot a wildfire?wildfire-spot-it

      You should walk or drive away from the fire immediately and call 911 to report it! Weather conditions and the type of ground cover (trees, dry grass, etc) can make the fire change direction quickly so it is important that you stay far away from the blaze. Leaving the area will also make it easier for firefighters and rescue workers to get to the scene.

      www.firewise.org #WildfireSafety

    • Candle Fire & Burn Prevention

      Candles add a warm and romantic glow to an evening. Emergency Candles are popular for Disaster Survival & Blackouts as well. But Candles are hazards, too.

      Consider using battery-operated or electric flameless candles that can look, smell and feel like real candles - without the flame.

      ~ Never use candles in sleeping or bedroom areas.

      ~ Keep at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.

      ~ Keep out of reach of children and pets.

      ~ Extinguish candles after each use and before going to bed.

      ~ Never leave burning candles unattended.

      The MayDay Industries Emergency Gear Survival Candle Burns ~ 36 Hours. We offer the Survival Candle at First Aid Store™ This Emergency Candle Burns ~ 36 Hours!

      • Price: $6.65 - In stock
      • Brand: Mayday
      • Product ID: L22A
    • Grilling Safety

      The weather is changing... soon we'll be out barbecuing and enjoying the great outdoors!

      grillCheck the grill's gas tank hose for leaks each time before use. Always make sure the lid is open before lighting. If the flame goes out, turn the gas grill off and wait 15 minutes before re-lighting.

      ~ Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors far from all homes and in an open level area.

      ~ Keep children and pets at least 10 feet away from the grill and never leave it unattended.

      ~ Keep the grill clean by removing grease and fat build up from the grate and the tray below the grill.

      ~ For charcoal grills, use only approved lighter fluids.

      Learn more: Mud, Bugs and BarbecueGoing outside?

      First Aid Store offers the best brands of Burn First Aid & Burn Care Products and Supplies: From our Burn First Aid Kits to Burn Sprays, Burn Care Products and S.T.A.R.T Burn Care Unit. We offer Fire Blankets, Water Gel Wraps, Water Gel, Burn Cream & Dressings. Everything you need to treat burns! First Aid Store offers the best brands of Burn First Aid & Burn Care Products and Supplies: From our Burn First Aid Kits to Burn Sprays, Burn Care Products and S.T.A.R.T Burn Care Unit. We offer Fire Blankets, Water Gel Wraps, Water Gel, Burn Cream & Dressings. Everything you need to treat burns!
    • Cooking Safety for the Super Bowl

      Getting your Super Bowl game face on? Score more points this year by putting kitchen fire safety in your line up.

      Super Bowl Sunday is a big day for food consumption. That means a lot of time spent planning and preparing game day snacks. Before you kick off your menu, take a look at these U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) tips for safer cooking:

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      Prepare your cooking area. Use back burners or turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Move things that can burn away from the stove. Keep a timer handy and use it when you’re roasting or baking.

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      Frying poses the greatest risk of fire. Keep an eye on what you fry. Start with a small amount of oil and heat it slowly. If you see smoke, or if the grease starts to boil in your pan, turn the burner off. Even a small amount of oil on a hot burner can start a fire.

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      Stay awake and alert while you’re cooking. Stand by your pan. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet nearby in case you need to smother a pan fire.

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      Prevent burns when you’re cooking. Wear short sleeves, or roll them up. Don’t lean over the burner. Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot or steaming cookware.

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      Keep children at least three feet from anything that can get hot, including the stove. Put hot objects and liquids beyond a child’s reach so they can’t touch or pull them down. Never hold a child when you cook.

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      Consider using flameless candles that are battery powered, instead of wax candles. If you’re planning on using food warmers and slow cookers, provide hot pads to prevent burns.

      Light the food warmer fuel-can after it is placed under the warmer. Keep anything that can burn away from the flame. If you have young children, keep matches and lighters up high and locked away.

      Also read: Superbowl? Be prepared for Sports Injuries! as well as Kitchen First Aid & Burn Awareness Week: Don’t Get Burned

      For more fire safety information, check the USFA website.

    • Have you become more "Burn Aware" this week?

      FlashSplash-300x250-300x250All week long, we've been sharing Burn and Scald Awareness information as part of promoting National Burn Awareness Week... did it help?

      Although scald burns can happen to anyone, young children, older adults and people with disabilities are the most likely to incur such injuries. Most scald burn injuries happen in the home, in connection with the preparation or serving of hot food or beverages, or from exposure to hot tap water in bathtubs or showers. Severe scalds also occur in the workplace, typically when pipes or valves fail while carrying or regulating the flow of steam.

      Both behavioral and environmental measures may be needed to protect those vulnerable to scalds because of age or disability, or because they do not have control of the hot water temperature in multi-unit residential buildings.

      The severity of a scald injury depends on the temperature to which the skin is exposed and how long it is exposed. The most common regulatory standard for the maximum temperature of water delivered by residential water heaters to the tap is 120 degrees Fahrenheit/48 degrees Celsius. At this temperature, the skin of adults requires an average of five minutes of exposure for a full thickness burn to occur.
      When the temperature of a hot liquid is increased to 140 degrees Fit takes only five seconds or less for a serious burn to occur.
      Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and other hot beverages are usually served at 160 to 180 degrees F.
      Spills of liquids at that temperature can cause burns severe enough to require skin graft surgery.
      Since immediate removal of the hot liquid from the skin may lessen severity, splash and spill burns may not be as deep as burns suffered in a bathtub.

      High Risk Groups

      Young Children (0 – 4 years)
      Young children have thinner skin resulting in deeper burns than adults for the same temperature and length of exposure
      to a scalding substance. The proportion of a child’s body that is exposed to any given amount of a scalding substance is also greater: the same cup of spilled coffee will burn a much larger percent of a small child’s body.
      Small children also have little control of their environment, less perception of danger and less ability to escape a burning situation on
      their own. Children grow fast and can reach new, dangerous things every day. They do not realize that hot liquids burn like fire.
      Older Adults
      Older adults, like young children, have thinner skin so hot liquids cause deeper burns with even brief exposure. Their ability to feel heat
      may be decreased due to certain medical conditions or medications so they may not realize water is too hot until injury has occurred.
      Because they have poor microcirculation, heat is removed from burned tissue rather slowly compared to younger adults.
      Older adults may also have conditions that make them more prone to falls in the bathtub or shower or while carrying hot liquids.
      People With Disabilities or Special Needs
      Individuals who may have physical, mental or emotional challenges or require some type of assistance from caregivers are at high risk for all
      types of burn injuries including scalds. The disability may be permanent or temporary due to illness or injury and vary in severity from minor to total dependency on others.
      Mobility impairments, slow or awkward movements, muscle weakness or fatigue, or slower reflexes increase the risk of spills while moving hot li
      quids. Burns to the lap are common when a person attempts to carry hot liquids or food while seated in a wheelchair. Moving hot liquids can be extremely difficult for someone who uses a cane or walker. Sensory impairments can result in decreased sensation, especially to the hands and feet, so the person may not realize that something is “too hot.”

      Here are some articles for review: Tap Water Scald SafetyProtect children from scalds and burnsScaldsBurn First Aid: Know the Severity and the Treatment

      IAFF Charitable FoundationSafe Kids Worldwide
      International Association of Fire Chiefs
      American Burn Association
      Federation of Burn Foundations
    • Tap Water Scald Safety

      Rubber-Ducky A safe temperature for a bath is 100°F. Although the most common maximum temperature of water delivered by residential water heaters is 120°F, 120°F is an upper safety limit—not a target to be aimed at. At 120°F, it takes only 5 minutes of exposure for adults to have a full thickness burn. Save your skin and wallet by setting your water thermostat at a lower temperature.

      Adequate and constant supervision of children is the single most important factor in preventing tap water scalds. Never leave a child unattended in the bathtub... If you have to leave the bathroom while bathing a child, take them with you!

      When bathing young children, seat the child facing away from faucets and so he or she cannot reach the faucet. Turn the faucet to the “COLD” position.

      Set water heater thermostats at 120°F/48°C , or just below the medium setting. Then test the water with a bath or candy/meat thermometer. A safe bathing temperature is 100°F/37°C .  Unlike air temperatures maintained by thermostats, water temperatures can fluctuate a great deal. Temperature of hot water can depend on the distance the heater is from the tap.

      Install anti-scald devices. Anti-scald devices are heat sensitive devices that stop water flow when it reaches a pre-determined temperature. Scald guards will not allow water that is too hot flow from the faucet until it’s a safe temperature. Anti-scald devices are inexpensive and simple to install on most existing taps in showers, bathtubs, and sinks. You can pick one up today at some local hardware, plumbing, and baby stores.

      Learn more:

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    • Burn Awareness Week: February 1-7, 2016

      Download this poster/handout to share Download this poster/handout to share

      Burn Awareness Week, observed the first full week in February, is designed to provide an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities. Burn Awareness Week, celebrated early in the year, is an excellent opportunity to “kick off” a year full of burn awareness education. start by clicking the image on the right to download a great burn and scald prevention handout to print and share.

      Next, learn about Burns and First Aid and share with others...

      Burn First Aid: Know the Severity and the Treatment

      Video: Protect children from scalds and burns

      Treating a Burn

      Prevent Home Burn Injury

      Prevent Burn Injury in Children

    • Video: Protect children from scalds and burns

      • Young children are at high risk of being burned by hot food and liquids. Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove.
      • Keep young children at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from any place where hot food or drink is being prepared or carried. Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges.
      • When young children are present, use the stove's back burners whenever possible.
      • Never hold a child while cooking, drinking, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
      • Teach children that hot things burn.
      • When children are old enough, teach them to cook safely. Supervise them closely.Burn

    • Hot Tub

      BathtubDuring Healthy and Safe Swimming Week we talk about Hot Tubs - as in the Jacuzzi type, but this week, during Burn Awareness Week we want you to the about the bathtub type tub and the risk of Scalds.

      84% of scald burns occur in the home.

      To avoid scald burns while bathing, fill the tub to you desired level and turn water off before getting in.  Run cool water first, and then add hot.  Turn hot water off first.  This can also prevent scalding in the event someone should fall in while the tub is filling.

      Supervision is the single most important factor in preventing tap water scalds. If you have to leave the bathroom while bathing a child, take them with you!

      When bathing infants in small sinks, pay attention to prevent them from turning on the hot water faucets. Infants have thinner skin and can be burned deeper at lower temperatures in shorter exposure times than adults.

    • Scalds

      Scalds are a dangerous and frequent type of burn.

      "It can happen in a Flash with a Splash" liquid and steam burn like fire.

      scaldAccording to American Burn Association in their "Burn incident and treatment in the United States: 2013 fact sheet", every minute, someone in the United States sustains a burn injury serious enough to require treatment. (Estimated 450,000 injuries/year or i.e., a burn injury every 70 seconds.)

      A safe bathing temperature is 100°F - set water heaters at 120°F/48°C or just below the medium setting - Hot water will burn skin at temperatures much lower than boiling point (212°F/100°C). In fact, it only takes 2 seconds of exposure to 148°F/64°C water to cause a burn serious enough to require surgery!

      This coming week is National Burn Awareness Week, so stand by for more safety tips for burn and scald prevention!

      Burn First Aid: Know the Severity and the Treatment

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