How Older Adults Can Prevent Burn Injuries

Senior citizens are particularly prone to suffering burns in the kitchen. This is often because of impaired eyesight and mobility, and decreased sensation. To prevent burns related to meal preparation activities, older adults can remove throw rugs or area rugs from the kitchen. It’s easy to slip on throw rugs, which can result in burns if the individual grabs the stove to prevent a fall. Additionally, older adults can use light pots and pans for safer lifting, and use oven mitts before handling hot objects.

You can learn more about burn prevention by watching this video presented by the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital. You’ll also hear a doctor explain what you should and shouldn’t do in the event of a burn.

Residents of West Hills who have suffered burns can turn to the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital for a continuum of care, from acute care to reconstruction to rehabilitation. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (818) 676-4000 or visit our website for more information .

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