Wakefield Fire Department

Injury Prevention Tips

As a part of Burn Awareness Week, Chief Michael Sullivan and the Wakefield Fire Department would like to remind residents of safety tips and precautions in hopes of preventing burn-related injuries.

Burn Awareness Week, organized by the American Burn Association (ABA), began this year on Sunday, Feb. 7 and ends on Saturday, Feb. 13. This annual campaign serves as an opportunity for fire educators to share common burn awareness and prevention messages to their communities.

The ABA estimates that each year, approximately 400,000 people receive medical care for treatment of burn injuries in the U.S.

The theme of the 2021 Burn Awareness Week is “Electrical Safety from Amps to Zap (A to Z)!” in an effort to remind people of the potential risks from unprotected outlets, improperly used extension cords and other electrical hazards.

We can't stress enough: please don't misuse extension cords, and if there seems to be something wrong with your electrical system, whether you have a cracked outlet or if your outlets feel unusually warm to the touch, call a professional to check it out and make any needed repairs, Chief Sullivan said. These are steps that could save you and your loved ones from serious burns and other fire and heat related injuries.

The Wakefield Fire Department wishes to share the following electrical safety tips provided by the ABA:

For more burn safety information and tips visit the ABA website.

The Wakefield Fire Department also reminds all residents to ensure they have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their home.

If you have any questions, call the Wakefield Fire Department at 781-246-6435.