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Burn Prevention

To help prevent injuries from burns use the following tips:

  • Frequently check home smoke alarms to ensure they work properly.
  • Teach children fire safety and fire escape plans.
  • Plan, practice and know the fire escape routes from your home. Practice the same when staying at hotels, traveling in trains, buses and airplanes.
  • Teach children the dangers of playing with matches, flammable materials, and fireworks.

Firework Safety

Most firework accidents are preventable and occur when fireworks are improperly used. The following safety tips should be utilized when using fireworks:

  • Never allow young children to play with fireworks.
  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions on fireworks.
  • Place fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy in case of malfunction.
  • Keep pets inside when fireworks are being ignited.

Outreach Education

In a continuing effort to increase burn awareness in the community, the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Burn Center provides burn education to a variety of groups:

  • High-risk industry employees (electrical facilities, paper mills, etc.)
  • Elementary, middle, and high school students
  • Nursing, occupational/physical therapy student groups
  • Firefighters, EMS, paramedics and other safety/rescue personnel