TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- According to an independent survey commissioned by Shriners Hospitals for Children ®, many do not follow key fire and burn safety tips during the holiday season, which can be the most dangerous time of year.
The national survey, conducted as part of the Shriners Hospitals for Children annual Be Burn Aware campaign, polled adults across the nation on their fire safety knowledge and practices. Although overall awareness was high, the survey revealed several gaps in action. The largest gap was associated with live Christmas trees, one of the most dangerous fire hazards in homes during this time of year. More than half of those surveyed said they do not water trees daily, even though nearly three-quarters of respondents were aware of the life-saving practice.* Candle and cooking accidents account for a large portion of house fires and injuries, but the study revealed Americans are not taking simple steps to keep their homes safe. One-quarter of Americans surveyed said they leave lit candles unattended, and slightly more leave them in reach of children. The survey also found that two of the simplest prevention tips are often not followed in the kitchen - turning pot handles to the back of the stove and keeping a cookie sheet nearby to extinguish a fire.