More than 136,000 children visit emergency departments due to fire and burn injuries every year. Le Bonheur's Susan Helms, R.N., M.A.L.S., Injury Prevention and Safe Kids Mid-South director, recommends the following tips to help keep kids safe.
Among young children, scalds caused by hot liquids or steam are the most common types of burn-related injuries. Parents and caregivers can take simple precautions such as adjusting the water heater and using the kitchen stove's back burner, whenever possible, to prevent accidental injuries.
At Le Bonheur, most accidental scald burns occur in young children during food preparation. Semisolid and grease burns are the most common and are also associated with the most serious burns that often require extensive care in acute and long-term settings.
Safe Kids Mid-South recommends the following 4 tips to prevent scalds:
- Adjust your water heater. To prevent accidental scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or the manufacturer’s recommended setting.
- Don’t carry or hold a child while cooking or microwaving. Instead, place children in a high chair a safe distance away from any hot liquids, hot surface, or other hazards in the kitchen.
- Use the back burners. Kids love to reach, so to prevent hot food or liquid spills in the kitchen, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from the stove edge. Keep hot foods away from the edge of your counters.
- Place matches, gasoline and lighters in a safe place, out of children’s reach. Avoid using novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys.
To learn more, visit http://www.ameriburn.org.