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Fire & Burn Prevention

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: What is the best way to keep a fire under control?
Air Date: 9/30/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Cori Cross, MD
cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Fire & Burn Prevention
Whether you're having a bonfire or curling up on your couch in front of your fireplace, there are several safety precautions to be aware of.

Even though you may not realize it, there is a proper way to put out a fire to prevent smoke, burns, or the fire from relighting.

One of the most important steps you can take to protect your family against fire is to install smoke alarms and keep them in good working order.

You also may want to consider having your chimney checked before having a fire, making sure the flue or damper is open, cracking a window while the fire is burning, using dry wood, never leaving the fire unattended, installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and minimizing your child's chance of burns by installing screens.

Another thing you might want to take precaution on is boiling hot water over the hot stove. Children are unaware of how hot the water and the stove can get, so they may try to touch it without realizing the dangers of the burns that can result.

What are some other ways you can prevent a fire and burns from happening?

Listen in as Cori Cross, MD, shares important fire and burn prevention information to keep you and your family safe.
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