This month, the Mill Valley Fire Department Public Safety message is Burn Prevention and Home Fire Escape Plan.
Although scald burns can happen to anyone, young children, (please click here for additional safety tips), older adults (please click here for additional safety tips) and people with disabilities are the most likely to incur such injuries.
Most scald burn injuries happen in the home, in connection with the preparation or serving of hot food or beverages, or from exposure to hot tap water in bathtubs or showers. Severe scalds also occur in the workplace, typically when pipes or valves fail while carrying or regulating the flow of steam.
Both behavioral and environmental measures may be needed to protect those vulnerable to scalds because of age or disability, or because they do not have control of the hot water temperature in multi-unit residential buildings. To view a video on Bath Safety tips, please click here.
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan, please click here for additional information and a plan.
Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.