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Safety Edition – February 2023

A Cemstone Companies Safety Edition


According to the National Fire Prevention Association, the winter months see an increase in fires, deaths and injuries. Listed below are a variety of ways you can get burned if you don’t take the proper safety precautions.

  • Concrete and Portland cement products are highly alkaline (high pH) and can cause chemical burns to skin and eyes if not handled properly.
  • Protect your self from coming in contact with fresh/plastic concrete.
  • Use proper PPE when working with or around plastic concrete.
  • Wash it off immediately with soap and water If fresh concrete gets on your skin, Do not allow your clothes to get saturated with fresh concrete.
  • Use proper knee-high rubber boots, gloves, eye protection, long pants and use CAUTION when kneeling in fresh concrete without knee boards.
  • Safety Data Sheet is on the back of the delivery ticket as well as available on
  • Always run your hand through the water to ensure the water is the right temperature when bathing a child.
  • Never hold a child while drinking hot liquids.
  • Use caution we when carrying hot foods or near children.
  • Never hold a child while cooking. 
  • Establish a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food is prepared.
  • Handle with care! Microwaved food can be hot enough to cause a burn. Always open lids away from your body. 
  • Wear Oven mitts to prevent injury.
  • Use tight-fitting lids.
  • Watch grills, fire pits and camp fires. Never leave them unattended.
  • Check car seats. Before getting into your vehicle or placing your child in a car seat, check for hot straps or buckles. 
  • Avoid backyard fireworks – Not just for the 4th of July.
    • Choose the right location.
    • Designate safety perimeter.
    • Plan for accidental fires.
    • Supervise your children

To prevent accidental fires:

  • Hide matches and lighters. Store out of reach or lock them in a cabinet.
  • Never leave a room unattended when candles, fireplaces or heaters are in use.
  • Use space heaters wisely. Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from bedding, drapes, furniture and other flammable materials. Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep.
  • Keep your fireplace clean. An annual cleaning and inspection of a fireplace and chimney can help prevent a chimney fire.
  • Store flammable materials. Store flammable liquids tightly sealed in original containers, out of reach of children and away from sources of heat or flames.
  • Never leave a room unattended when candles, fireplaces or heaters are in use.

To prevent injury if a fire occurs:

  • Install smoke alarms. Install at least one smoke alarm on each level of your residence inside and outside of all sleeping areas. Clean alarms monthly and push the button on the alarm every month to make sure it works. Use long-life batteries or change them at least once a year. Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.
  • Learn to use a fire extinguisher. Keep a working fire extinguisher for easy access. Place it high on a wall near an exit. 
  • Teach children to stop, drop and roll. Teach children what to do if their clothes catch on fire. 
  • Practice an evacuation plan. Create an evacuation plan and practice it every six months. Determine two ways to exit each room and where to meet outside. Don’t use lockable doorknobs on a child’s bedroom. Teach your children to leave a smoky area by crawling on the floor.