Burn and Scald Prevention Tips for Burn Awareness Week

Burn injuries can happen in a flash, especially when they are caused by scalding hot liquids, which can splash and cover a widespread area of the body. To prevent burn and scald injuries at home during Burn Awareness Week and beyond, follow the helpful tips in this article for safely handling hot liquids and cooking tools.

Check your water heater temperature

Your home’s water heater should not be set higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit, since hotter temperatures can scald the skin. If you have kids, always use a thermometer to check the bath water before your child gets in. You might also run your hand through the water to check for hot spots.

Use caution when cooking on the stove

When you have water boiling on the stove, make sure that the pot is not overfilled so that there is not a risk of water splashing over the edge. Keep all handles pointed away from the front of the stove so that they do not accidentally get knocked down or pulled off the stove by wandering kids or pets.

Make sure travel mugs have leak-proof lids

If you like to take coffee or tea along with you on your morning commute, be sure that your travel mug has a secure lid that is leak-proof. You should also remember that travel mugs are typically insulated, so they will keep liquids very hot for a long period of time.

Always handle hot dishes with oven mitts

Whether you are taking a dish out of the microwave or off the stove, you should use oven mitts to protect your hands. Dishes can get very hot in the microwave, and pot handles may heat up on the stove, and the shock of grabbing a hot dish might cause you to drop it. Plus, you might sustain a burn from the dish itself.

If you do suffer a burn injury in West Hills, you will be in good hands under the care of the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital. To learn more about our dedicated burn care and other hospital services, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (818) 676-4321.

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