Burn injuries can range from relatively minor burns that can be treated at home to life-threatening injuries that require long-term hospitalization. Older adults and children under the age of 4 are at higher risk for burn injuries due to having thinner skin layers. According to the CDC, over 300 children under the age of 19 are treated in emergency-rooms for burn-related injuries, making unintentional burns one of the top 10 causes of injury for children.
Here are some quick tips to keep you and your family safe from burns.
- Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home, and maintain them by checking or replacing the batteries every six months and keeping track of their expiration dates.
- Create a household escape plan that reviews two ways to exit every room in your home, and includes an outdoor meet-up spot.
- Use dry pot holders or oven mitts to move hot pots and take things out of the oven.
- Create a “trip-free” zone around heating stoves and fire places by clearing away clutter and furniture (such as stepstools).
- Keep pot and pan handles turned inwards – don’t let handles hang over the edge of the stove.
- Set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
- Read and follow label directions, especially regarding the personal protective equipment needed to handle specific chemicals.
- Don’t mix different types of chemicals or cleaners together.
- Turn off the circuit breaker (or power to the whole house) when you are working with electricity. If you’re not sure about your electrical skills, call an electrician.
- Protect children by putting covers over outlets and keeping electrical cords out of reach.
Burn Prevention Resources
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