Children’s Burn Prevention Tips

Burn Prevention

A large number of burn injuries are reported each year, many of which occurred inside the home. An injury from a burn due to heat, chemicals, or electricity can cause much pain and damage to the superficial tissue of the body and can sometimes leave permanent scarring. While adults know better than to touch things that may burn them, children tend to learn by touching and interacting with things that may be dangerous. Read on to learn more about how to prevent burns in children :

While Cooking:

  • Always be sure that pot handles are turned to the center of the stove
  • Use the back burners whenever possible
  • Always test the temperature of food heated in the microwave before giving it to a child; microwaves tend to cook some types of food unevenly, leaving parts of the meal too hot, while others are still cold
  • Always remember that stoves, toasters, and other kitchen appliances remain quite hot for a while after using them

While Eating or Drinking:

  • Never drink hot liquids while handling a child, as the liquid could spill and scald the baby
  • It is unwise to use tablecloths when children are learning to walk; they may try to use it to stabilize themselves or pull themselves up, pulling down hot liquids or heavy objects that may harm them in the process

While Bathing:

  • Always test the temperature of a child’s bath water to make sure it is not too hot—using a baby bath thermometer is also advisable
  • Lower the temperature of your hot water heater to the low-medium setting or 120°F

General Fire Prevention Tips:

  • Keep lighters and matches away from children
  • Never leave lit candles unattended, as they are easy for pets and children to knock over
  • Consider installing a fire extinguisher in your house in preparation of small fires
  • Make sure your smoke detectors all function properly
  • Create a fire escape plan and practice it with your children

The world-renowned Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is staffed with skilled and highly-trained professionals that are readily available to assist you in the event of a burn injury. Contact us today at (818) 676-4000 for more information.

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