Tips for keeping you and your family safe from burns.
Never leave children alone around open flames, stoves or candles.
Keep matches, gasoline, lighters and other flammable materials out of
Teach children a plan for escaping your home in a fire and practice
Install smoke alarms in your home on every level and in every
sleeping area, testing them once a month and replacing the batteries
at least twice a year.
Before bathing children in heated water, always run your open hand
through the water to check its temperature or use a tub thermometer.
Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees.
Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges. Never
carry children and hot foods or liquids at the same time.
Microwave Ovens mounted above the counter can be a major burn
hazard: hot liquids are frequently spilled on hands, chest or torso while removing them from their microwave ovens.
Make sure that pot handles are turned towards the stove when cooking
so that a child cannot accidentally grab the handle and spill the
contents. Cook on the back burners when you can.
Keep things that easily catch fire (such as papers) away from heat
sources like stoves, heaters and fireplaces.
Never smoke or use smoking materials near oxygen.
Take care when cooking and make sure your clothes cannot catch fire.
If you or a member of your family does burn yourself, here are some first aid tips for treatment:
Remove the hot, wet clothing - don't forget to check and remove an
infant's diaper if it has absorbed hot liquids.
Cool the burned area immediately with room-temperature tap water.
Do not use ice or very cold water. Ice or very cold water will further
damage the burned area; when it is the temperature of the unburned skin,
you have cooled enough.
Gently dry the area and cover the burn with a clean, dray bandage or
Do not use butter, first aid ointment or burn cream. These items tend to
cause more pain.
Keep the burned victim warm while you transport them to the hospital or
wait for emergency services to arrive. Cover with a blanket. Burned skin
loses body heat even in warmer months.
Check out www.safekids.org <http://www.safekids.org> or www.burnprevention.org <http://www.burnprevention.org> for more info.