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Safety measures property owners must take to prevent burns

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2024 | Premises Liability

Property owners are liable for many hazards and accidents that occur on their properties. New Jersey’s premises liability laws require that owners keep their properties safe for residents and visitors. This includes taking action and implementing safety measures to prevent injuries like burns.

Maintain and monitor heating systems

Regular maintenance and monitoring of heating systems are essential. Ensure that boilers, furnaces, and water heaters function correctly. Schedule annual inspections and promptly repair any issues. Installing temperature regulators can help prevent water temperatures from reaching dangerous levels.

Install smoke detectors and fire extinguishers

Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are vital safety tools. Install smoke detectors in key areas such as kitchens, hallways, and bedrooms. Test them monthly to ensure they work. Place fire extinguishers in accessible locations and train occupants on their correct use.

Ensure proper electrical safety

Electrical safety is critical in preventing burns.  Avoid overloading circuits and ensure that electrical work complies with local codes. Outlet covers can also prevent accidental contact with live wires.

Use caution with open flames

Open flames, such as candles, fireplaces, and stoves, require careful supervision. Never leave open flames unattended and keep flammable materials at a safe distance.  Fireplaces need protective barriers, and gas stoves should have good ventilation.

Provide clear safety instructions

Educate residents and visitors about burn prevention. Display clear safety instructions and emergency contact information in visible areas. Providing guidelines on handling hot objects, using kitchen appliances, and reacting to fire emergencies can reduce burn risks.

Taking these proactive measures can help property owners create a safer environment and prevent burn injuries. By prioritizing safety, property owners protect themselves and those on their premises.