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Chesapeake, VA Personal Injury Attorney Info: Tips to Prevent Burn Injuries

Burns are caused by chemical, thermal, electrical, or radioactive agents. Many burn accidents occur at home or work. In the United States, more than 2 million burn injuries occur each year, and as many as 300,000 Americans require hospital treatment for burns. Follow these tips to prevent burn injuries year-round:
  • Inspect electrical plugs and cords for fraying and dirt.
  • Unplug appliances when on vacation.
  • Keep kids away from hot liquids.
  • Supervise kids in the kitchen.
  • Keep matches away from a toddler's reach.
  • Stay away from large crowds like bars with few exits.
  • Turn the water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Supervise kids near fireworks.
  • Safely operate electric space heaters.
  • Replace smoke detector batteries regularly.
  • Store harmful chemicals out of toddlers' reach.
  • Clean the fireplace before using.
  • Don't plug too many items into electrical outlets.
  • Use flashlights instead of candles during power outages.
  • Inspect tree lights and decorations during the holidays.
  • Water all trees.

Burn injuries may be serious, causing someone to miss work, incur high medical bills, and suffer emotional distress. A Virginia personal injury attorney evaluates the causes of a burn accident  to hold the responsible parties accountable to a burn injury victim.

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