National Burn Awareness Week is February 3-9, 2019
The smells coming from the kitchen stove can be hard for children resist. Here are a few tips to keep your child safe from potential burns in and out of the kitchen.
Fire and burn injuries are one of the leading causes of child injury deaths in the United States. In 2013, more than 126,035 children across the country, including more than 67,000 children 4 and under, were injured due to a fire or burn and treated in emergency rooms.
- Careful cooking- never leave food unattended on the stove, and always supervise or restrict children’s use of stoves, ovens, or microwaves. Do not carry or hold a child while cooking on the stove.
- Safe placement- keep hot food or liquids away from the edge of the counter. Use back burner of stove and turn pot handles away from edge.
- Be alarmed- install and maintain smoke alarms in your home and on every floor. Do monthly tests to make sure they are working properly
- Know the temperature- set water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. This prevents water in the home from getting too hot.