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Tips for preventing scald burns at home

Tips for preventing scald burns at home

Burn Awareness Week is February 4–10 and Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston wants to remind you that scald injuries are among the most prevalent, and preventable, types of burn injuries occurring in homes. Scalds, whether caused by hot food, liquids or tap water, are the leading cause of burn-related hospital visits for young children. Often caused during everyday activities, like cooking and bathing, scalds cause 79 percent of burn injuries in children under the age of five. To prevent a scald burn from occurring in your home, follow these tips in areas of the house where the risk is highest.

Safety in the kitchen:

  • Never leave the kitchen while cooking. If you have to leave the room, take your children with you and watch them at all times.
  • Cook with pots on back burners and turn handles in.
  • Test heated foods and liquids before serving to children.
  • Items heated in the microwave may be much hotter than their containers. Remember to always open microwaved food slowly and hold the container away from your face. Never let your child handle microwaved foods until they have cooled off enough to be touched.
  • Make sure children are taught not to go near stoves or hot appliances like toasters. Don’t allow young children to use the microwave.
  • Do not cook or carry hot items while holding a child.
  • Keep hot items away from edges of counters or tables.
  • Use placemats instead of tablecloths. A tablecloth can be hazardous if a young child pulls it while hot food is on the table.

Safety in the bathroom:

  • Set the water heater temperature no hotter than 120° Fahrenheit.
  • When filling the bathtub, run cold water first.
  • Always test bathwater with your wrist or elbow before placing a child into the tub.
  • If possible, install anti-scald devices on water faucets and shower heads, which will automatically shut off the water if the temperature becomes too hot.
  • Face a child in the bathtub away from faucets.
  • Never leave children alone in the bathtub.
  • Use knob covers on faucets, so children are unable to manipulate the faucet and turn it on themselves.
  • Remember, the skin on a child burns at a temperature lower than that of teens and adults. What may not be too hot for you could be too hot for a child.

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