Burn injuries continue to be one of the leading causes of unintentional death and injury in the US. National Burn Awareness Week is a time when educators all across the country come together to raise awareness about burn safety and prevention.
Here are some quick and easy tips to keep our families safe from burns and scalds at home:
- WATER TEMPERATURE
- Be sure to always test the hot water temperature after adjusting the gauges.
- Always check the water temperature on your wrist or elbow before bathing a baby, toddler or young child.
- Do not leave a hot cooking area unattended.
- Never carry or hold a child while using the stove.
- Use the back burners of the stove and turn pot handles away from the edge to prevent hot spills.
- Set hot items, food and drinks away from the edge of counters so young children cannot reach them.
- Slowly open containers that have just been heated in the microwave. Steam can easily cause burns and scalds.
- Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, including your basement. Place them near sleeping areas, and inside each bedroom.
- Keep flammable materials away from space heaters and candles. Make sure space heaters are turned off and candles are blown out before you leave the room or go to sleep.
- Install safety barriers around ovens, fireplaces and furnaces. Keep in mind that glass screens can take a long time to cool down.
- Store matches, lighters and other flammable materials, such as gasoline, in a safe place, or high up out of your child's reach and sight. Teach them to never play with these things.
- SAFETY PLANNING IN CASE A FIRE DOES OCCUR:
- Have an escape plan, including two exits from each room, in place.
- Practice using the plan.
- Have a designated meeting place at a safe distance from the home.
- Call 911 in the case of an emergency.
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