Child From A Burn Injury or
How to Fire Safe Your Home
Infants and children are especially susceptible to burns because
their skin is so thin. Toddlers are curious, and don't know that certain things might hurt
them. Most burn injuries to children occur in the home; the most likely areas for burn
injury to happen are the kitchen and the bathroom. Here are some tips for keeping your
child safe from burns:
In the Kitchen:
- Turn pot handles inward so children cannot pull cookware off the stove, and try to use
only the back burners.
- Keep long appliance cords toward the back of counter tops.
- Never leave hot foods or liquids unattended or at the edge of a table to be pulled down
by a toddler.
- Keep youngsters at a safe distance while pouring or drinking hot liquids. Grabbing is
common for children.
- Place babies and children in a playpen while you are cooking. This keeps them from
playing underfoot, where hot spills are likely.
- Seat a child at the table only after all the food has been served and placed far from
the child's reach.
- Be sure that foods and liquids are cool before giving them to a young child.
- Keep appliances from children's reach.
- Do not microwave your baby's bottle. Microwaves can make the plastic bag inside the
bottle burst, and they heat unevenly, possibly causing scalding temperatures.
In the Bathroom:
- Lower your hot water heater to 120 F. At this temperature, it will serve all your needs,
but will not produce burn-causing temperatures. Remember: at temperatures above 120 F, a
third degree burn can happen to a young child in only seconds!
- There is also an issue of live bacteria in your water tank and we strongly suggest that
you contact your local utility company on this matter. Consider installing pressure
balancing/ thermostatically controlled shower/tub valves which reduce the water
temperature to 115 degrees F. or less. These valves can be attached to the bathtub
fixtures, installed in the wall at the bathtub, or connected at the water heater. These
temperature-controlling valves vary in cost and installation requirements, and can be
purchased at some hardware stores or through plumbers. The resulting safety is worth the
- NEVER leave a young child alone in a bathroom - not even for a few seconds. If the phone
rings during a child's bath, take the child with you to answer it.
- Run cold water into the tub first, and then add hot water to warm it. Bath water for
babies and children should be about 100-105 F.
- Keep chemicals far out of the reach of children. Drain cleaner, cleansers and other
toiletries can be fatal to a child, and contact with skin can cause deep and painful
- Keep young children out of the bathroom while using appliances like curling irons, hair
dryers, shavers, etc. Never leave these products plugged in.
- Keep the bathroom door closed at all times to prevent small children from entering
Around The House:
- Place child guards on all unused electrical outlets in the house.
- Keep electrical appliances in a child's room up high and out of reach.
- If your child needs a vaporiser, use a cool-mist vaporiser and keep it at a safe
- Keep children far away from radiators and space heaters.
- Keep matches and lighters high on a shelf where children can't reach. Teach your
children that such items aren't toys, and they shouldn't be used for play.
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