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Burns Prevention

Prevention

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.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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