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National Burn Awareness Month

     Kaufman Texas, - Each year the month of February is reserved for burn injury awareness. More than two million people suffer from serious burn injures each year in the United States. Although each of us should practice burn injury awareness every day, it is easy to become lax in fire safety. Children are precious, but unfortunately 10 -15% of all fire deaths are children age 14 and under. At least 80% of all burns to children under eight are caused by scalding. Children under the age of 5 account for fifty two percent of all child fire deaths, and home fires tend to spike in winter months, placing younger children at an even greater risk.

The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office would like to focus on this calendar observance to help make the public aware of some basic fire safety practices. Without question, education is the best way to improve safety!

Did you know:

When carrying or holding children, keep hot beverages away from the child.

 Always tuck cords from appliances where children cannot reach them.

 Place space heaters on a floor that is flat and level – Do NOT put space heaters on rugs or carpets. Keep space heaters at least three feet from bedding, drapes, furniture and other flammable materials and place them out of the flow of foot traffic. Keep children and pets away from space heaters.

Never microwave a child’s bottle or allow young children to remove items from the microwave.

When cooking, use the back burners and always turn the pot handles inward.

Install smoke alarms in your home.

 Call 9 – 1 – 1 for help!

Stay Calm!

Answer all questions asked by the dispatcher as thoroughly as possible.

Follow all instructions given to you by the dispatcher.

Do not hang up the phone until told to do so by the dispatcher.

Keep you address and phone number posted on or near your telephone. This is especially important when you have out of town guests or a babysitter.

In order for deputies and medical personnel to find your residence quickly, make sure to put house numbers where they can be easily seen.