Preventing Scald Injuries at Home

By Victoria Ipri – Staff Writer This week is National Burn Awareness Week. Each year, more than 500,000 people in the United States and Canada receive medical treatment for burn injuries. Approximately 50 percent of these burn injuries are scalds, a burn caused by hot liquid or steam. At highest risk are children, the elderly, […]

Top 5 Most Dangerous Accidents of 2015

2015 was a dangerous year for many around the world. We’ve rounded up the most dangerous accidents of 2015 to highlight some of the situations you may want to avoid in the future. Mecca Hajj Stampede On September 24, 2015, more than 2,200 pilgrims were killed in a stampede during the Hajj in Mina, Mecca, […]

Dangerous Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes can pose significant dangers to both children and adults. Burn injuries, falls, injuries from props such as toy swords, and even lead poisoning all make the list. Parents have a fine line to walk between coming up with amazing costumes that will make their kids happy, and sticking to costumes that will not […]

Room by Room Dangers – Staying Safe At Home

Keeping your home safe means inspecting each room for potential hazards and eliminating them. Here are some common household dangers, room by room. Kitchen Flammable items left on or near the stovetop. This includes dishtowels, pot holders, plastic wrap, paper bags, and pizza boxes. Grease spills on the stovetop, on the bottoms of pans, and […]

Defective Appliances Can Cause House Fires

It sounds like a scene out of Maximum Overdrive. You hear noise in the kitchen, and when you go to investigate, the microwave has turned on all on its own, electricity arcing inside until it cracks the turntable and scorches the bottom of the oven. But it’s not fiction. According to Consumer Reports, that is […]

Fire Prevention and Preparation

Fire prevention education and a solid evacuation plan are important for families and businesses alike. To give you an idea of just how important, according to the National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), in 2013 there was a civilian fire injury every 33 minutes and a civilian fire death every two hours and 42 minutes. Education […]

Most Common Causes of Burn Injuries

The first week of February is National Burn Awareness Week. To prevent burns, you first need to know the most common causes. Scalding Scald injury is the primary focus of this year’s Burn Awareness week. It is a leading cause of burn injury in people of all ages and the most common cause of burn […]

Staying Safe When the Power Goes Out

Power outages have become more common. According to a 2011 report by the National Wildlife Federation, we had about five to 20 weather-related power outages per year in the mid 1990’s, and now we have about 50 to 100 each year. Weather-related power outages can happen any time of year. Many of the dangers posed […]

Christmas Tree Fires

More than 200 home fires start with Christmas trees each year. Real trees are more likely to catch on fire than artificial trees, but artificial trees can also cause fires. When real trees are properly maintained and kept moist they do not burn easily. That may explain why more Christmas tree fires start after the […]