As the summer continues to sizzle with scorching hot days, Ajax Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind residents of safety tips to prevent burn injuries:

  • Outdoor cooking appliances such as barbeques, smokers and burners can be dangerous. It is imperative to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines while using these devices
  • Proper utensils with long handles should be used when cooking outside
  • Children must keep a 1m safe zone away from all outdoor cooking units
  • Other household items can also become dangerous during the heat of summer. Objects left in the sun such as a garden hose filled with water and metal play equipment, can become very hot and cause scalds or contact burns

QUOTE:

“The hot weather can cause an increased risk of burn injuries. Children are susceptible to burns because their skin is more delicate and they might not understand how a “toy” they have played with in the past has suddenly become dangerous. Parents and caregivers must remind children that some everyday items like water in a garden hose or a metal bike can get hot in the sun and cause a burn.”

-        Shelley Langer, Fire prevention Inspector, Town Of Ajax.

 QUICK TIPS:

  • Before using a garden hose that has been out in the hot sun, spray the heated water away from people and pets until it has cooled
  • Never allow children to play near water unsupervised
  • Use barbeque utensils that have a long handle
  • Keep children and pets a 1 metre safe zone away from barbeques and other cooking devices
  • If you get a minor burn, cool the area by soaking it in cold water (not ice). If the burn is severe, call 9-1-1

LEARN MORE

-         For more information, visit www.ajax.ca.

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 Media Contact: Rachael Matheson, Corporate Communications, 905-621-2278