Cincinnati offers Be Burn Aware tips to help keep children safe this holiday season

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the risk of house fires and burn injuries increases drastically during the month of December. However, there are ways you can protect your home and family.

A holiday hazard
During the holiday season, it is important to be aware of potential fire-related dangers. Statistics show that your Christmas tree could be a big risk, with one in every 40 Christmas tree fires resulting in death. * Simple steps like watering a Christmas tree daily can significantly minimize risk of fire.

What to do
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati offers these simple reminders to help families Be Burn Aware and stay safe this holiday season:

  • Water trees daily. Discard when dry.
  • Keep trees away from heaters and flames.
  • Discard lights with bare wires, frays or kinks.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so children cannot reach them.
  • Never leave a hot stove or oven unattended.
  • Keep a lid or cookie sheet nearby to cover a pan if it catches on fire.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children and teach them that fire is dangerous.
  • Use fireplace screens and have the chimney cleaned annually.
  • Install and maintain smoke alarms on every floor of the home and near every bedroom. Test them monthly.

Learn more
For additional tips to prevent burn injuries, complimentary activity books and educational materials for the entire family, visit

*According to the National Fire Protection Agency “Home Christmas Tree and Holiday Light Fires”

Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – Cincinnati provides services for burns and pediatric plastic surgery, including cleft lip and palate, abnormal breast development in boys and girls, hemangioma, congenital hairy nevus, hand malformations, ear deformities, complex wound and skin disorders, and trauma and reconstructive conditions. Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati is verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons and recognized as a Cleft Lip and Palate Team by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation. The hospital has had Magnet™ designation since 2008 and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. All services are provided regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

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