Most burns are the result of accidents. To prevent burns:
- Teach children about fire prevention and keep dangerous materials out of reach.
- Make sure smoke detectors are installed and in working order. Replace batteries twice a year. (One way to remember to do this is to change batteries the same days you change the clocks for daylight savings time.)
- When cooking, keep pot handles turned toward the back of the stove.
- Supervise young children in the kitchen and around fireworks.
- Set the temperature on the water heater to less than 120°F and test the bath water before your child gets in.
- Make sure children’s sleep wear is flame-retardant.
- Don’t hold children in your arms or lap while cooking, serving, or eating hot foods or liquids.
- Do not leave matches, lighters, candles, or burning cigarettes unattended.
- Wear protective gloves and clothing when handling caustic chemicals.
- Put protective covers on electrical outlets.
- Do not wear loose-fitting sleeves while cooking.
- Keep children and pets away from the stove while cooking.
- Make sure electrical cords are not hanging over the edge of countertops.
- Store chemicals and cleaners in a locked cabinet.
- Children younger than one year can sustain partial-thickness burns from hot seat belt straps or buckles in car seats. Make sure car seats are not hot before putting a child in the seat. If you park in the sun, cover the seat with a towel.
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