Safety First: National Scald Campaign
Burn Awareness Week, February 5-11
(Contributor: Burn Institute)
Each and every day, we are surrounded by items that can inflict a burn injury or start a fire. Whether we are at home, work, school or at play we all need to be aware of fire and burn hazards.
In the United States, scalding liquids constitute the number one cause of burn injuries among children, with the greatest number of scald burns occurring in the kitchen and bathroom. A scald injury is a burn caused by hot liquid or steam, such as coffee or boiling water. As many as 75% of all burn injuries to children ages 4 and under are scalds!
Hot liquids can produce serious and painful burns and are usually unexpected. Follow these helpful tips to protect your young ones from a scald injury this winter season:
- Always use a “travel mug” with a tight-fitting lid for hot drinks like coffee, tea and hot chocolate, to avoid any accidental spills.
- Never hold or carry a child while you have a hot beverage in your hand.
- Keep hot liquids and foods away from the edge of tables and counters where children can reach them. Also, avoid using tablecloths and placemats that little ones can pull, causing a spill.
- Use back burners and turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so children cannot pull them down.
- Draw the boundary of a “no-kid zone” on the floor 3 feet around the stovetop with tape. At a very young age, children can understand “no” when it refers to entering that zone.
For more information on Scald Prevention, visit www.burninstitute.org.