Fire Safety Tips, Resources and Operation 7 Partner Links

January 17, 2011 9:00:00 PM PST
Who is most at risk from burns and fires? What are the greatest everyday dangers you face? Inside are tips to consider, and resources that can help you both prevent an injury and react quickly and well if one strikes you or your family.Operation 7 Save a Life: Resources from our special:

Segment 1

  • Perth Amboy Police Department
  • FDNY
  • FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit

    Segment 2

  • North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue ~ Serving North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken, West New York, Guttenberg

    Segment 3

  • AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
  • AAA ? New York

    Segment 4

  • New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center ~ 866-NYP-NEWS
  • William Randolph Hearst Burn Center
  • NY Firefighters Skin Bank
  • NYS Dept. of Health Organ & Tissue Donations

    Children and Burn Risk:

  • 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.

    What to do when you get a burn or a scald at home:
  • Treat a burn right away by putting it in cool water. Cool the burn for three to five minutes.
  • Cover burn with a clean, dry cloth. Do not apply creams, ointments, sprays or other home remedies.
  • Remove all clothing, diapers, jewelry and metal from the burned area. These can hide underlying burns and retain heat, which can increase skin damage.
  • If the burn is bigger than your fist or if you have any questions about how to treat it, seek medical attention right away.
  • See your doctor as soon as possible if the burn does not heal in two to three days.

    Fire Deaths and Injuries: Fact Sheet
  • Deaths from fires and burns are the third leading cause of fatal home injury
  • On average in the United States in 2010, someone died in a fire every 169 minutes, and someone was injured every 30 minutes.
  • Most victims of fires die from smoke or toxic gases and not from burns.
  • Cooking is the primary cause of residential fires
  • Fire and burn injuries represent 1% of the incidence of injuries and 2% of the total costs of injuries, or $7.5 billion each year (Finkelstein et al. 2006).
  • Most at risk: children 4 and under and older Adults ages 65 and older (CDC 2010; Flynn 2010);
    PDF: Burn Safety and Prevention from

    Resources Featured in our Campaign:

    New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • William Randolph Hearst Burn Center
  • NYP Hospital On Facebook
  • NYP Hospital On Twitter
  • NYP Hospital on Instagram FDNY
  • FDNY Fire Zone - Your House, Resources and More
  • FDNY Resources
  • Fire Safety More Resources: Burn and Scald Prevention
  • U.S. Fire Administration - FEMA
  • State Fire Death Rates and Relative Risks
  • Home Fire Prevention and Safety Tips
  • American Burn Association
  • Fire Causes: National Fire Protection Association
  • Learn more from the CDC

    For American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Go-Bags or Kits:

    To get more information on CPR classes in NYC: Call 311

    For general fire safety info visit FDNY websites: (for kids)

    To have the FDNY come out a give a fire safety demonstration, call 311 and ask to book a fire safety class/lecture.

    For more info on fire extinguishers go to:

    FDNY Foundation

    FDNY on You tube:

    FDNY on Twitter:

    FDNY on Facebook:

    New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center

    Weill Cornell Burn Unit

    American Stroke Association

    National Stroke Association