How to Prevent Burn Injuries This Holiday Season

As lights are hung and candles are lit to brighten homes during the holidays, fire and burn safety become important subjects to keep in mind. Burn injuries are incredibly common through the holidays, but they can often be prevented with smart practices for cooking and decorating. Below are some quick tips to help you and your family stay safe from burns this season.

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Keep children out of busy kitchens

While it can be fun to bring kids into the kitchen to prepare holiday meals and treats, you should recognize the tasks that are safe for your tiny helpers. Any time there is a crowd in the kitchen, it is best to have kids be somewhere else so they don’t accidentally encounter a harmful heat source. When kids are working in the kitchen, give them assignments for prep work that do not involve standing near the stove or using sharp objects.

Tidy up before decorating

Clutter is a significant fire risk, especially when decorative lights and candles are in the home. Keep your home clean this holiday season so that your decorations look great without posing a big risk. Cleaning up in the kitchen is also important, as you do not want to have towels or other ignitable material near the stove when you are busy cooking.

Check your fire extinguishers

If a small fire does ignite, the best way to prevent it from getting out of control is with a ready-to-use fire extinguisher. Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher that is charged and easily found. Know where the fire extinguisher is and how to use it so that fires do not ruin your holiday.

When holiday accidents do occur, the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center can provide comprehensive care using the most advanced technology for recovery and rehabilitation. Learn more about our burn center on our website or call us at (818) 676-4000. To be better prepared for any medical emergency, download our iTriage Symptom Checker app for your smart phone.

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