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Be Burn Aware

Be Burn Aware

Be safe!

According to an independent survey commissioned by Shriners Hospitals for Children, many people do not follow key fire and burn safety tips during the holiday season, which can be the most dangerous time of year. To help reduce fires and burns, Shriners Hospitals for Children is spreading important prevention messages through its Be Burn Aware campaign.

Shriners Hospitals for Children recommends a few simple fire safety tips to ensure that you and your loved ones have a safe holiday season.

Tree care and holiday decorations


  • Water trees daily. Discard when dry.
  • Keep trees away from heaters and flames.
  • Inspect lights for bare wires, frays or kinks.
  • Never use indoor lights outside.

Holiday cooking


  • Keep an eye on what you fry.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so children cannot reach them.
  • Wear short sleeves or roll sleeves up when cooking.
  • Keep a pan lid or cookie sheet nearby to cover the pan if it catches fire.

Candle care


  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Place candles in stable holders away from children, pets and flammable objects.

Natural gas


  • Teach every member of the house how to recognize the slightly sweet, sticky smell of natural gas. Some compare it to the smell of rotting eggs or food.
  • Leave the house immediately if you think you smell natural gas and call your gas company or 911 for assistance once you are safely away.

Be prepared


  • Make sure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.
  • Have a fire escape plan for your home and practice it regularly.




*According to the National Fire Protection Association Home Christmas Tree and Holiday Light Fires