Fire/Burn Prevention

As a member of the Orange County Safe Kids Coalition, the Chapel Hill Fire Department wants to increase fire safety education throughout the community we serve.  Fire is a tool we use that becomes deadly when out of control.  In an effort to help keep children safe, the Fire Department wants to inform everyone of some startling facts.

 

The Danger of Fire

Each year, an average of 3,650 children age 14 and under are injured or killed in residential fires.  Forty percent of these casualties are under the age of five.  Children playing with fire and the leading cause of child fire casualties.  Fires and related burns and the third leading cause of unintentional injuries in children 1-21 years of age.  North Carolina ranks 17th out of the 50 States in number of fire deaths per million.

 

Each year in America, more than 150 people die from accidental non-fire related CO poisoning associated with consumer products. These products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces.

 

Prevention Tips:

  • Don’t leave cooking unattended where the children can burn themselves.
  • Create exit drills in the home so everyone knows two ways out of their home if possible and a safe place to meet outside before calling 911
  • Don’t leave matches or lighters laying around where children have access to them
  • Teach  your children their address and how to call 911 in an emergency.

 

Please assist us in keeping your children safe.

 

Sources: Chapel Hill Fire Department, US Fire Administration, and Consumer Product Safety Commission