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A child learns from example.
Do you always set a good example?  

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Prevent Scald injuries:

  • While cooking hot foods on the stove, turn handles toward the back of the stove so children cannot pull the pot down on themselves.
  • Do not allow cords from appliances, such as coffee pots to dangle from counter tops.
  • Do not hold infants while handling hot liquids. They may grab for the hot liquid and get burned.
  • Avoid placing hot liquids on place mats, or using tablecloths with young children. They use these items to pull on and grab items, which can cause hot liquids to be pulled down on the child causing a burn.
  • Set hot liquids away form the edge of tables and counters. Children can easily grab the cups or containers and get burned.
  • Establish a safe area in front of the stove. Teach children why it is unsafe and identify this location as a place they can't play, walk or run in the kitchen.
  • Teach children not to run or walk in the area where hot food is being prepared or set.
  • Be careful when handling items cooked in the microwave oven. They are hotter than you think. Test food for proper temperature before giving it to a child.
  • Know how HOT your tap water is. Thousands of adults and children are burned every year because the tap water is too hot. Set your water tank temperature at a safe temperature. Refer to your water heater manual.  Turn water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit/48.9degrees Centigrade. At 160 degrees Fahrenheit it takes one second to get a serious burn. 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 cost.
  • Place cold water in the bathtub first. Then add the hot water to the appropriate temperature. Always check the temperature of the water before placing children in the bathtub. Teach children to check the water temperature before they get in the bathtub.
  • Do not leave children unattended in the kitchen or bathroom. Children often get burned when parents leave the room for "just one minute".
  • Do not encourage toys in the bathtub. Bathtubs are not play areas. If toys are used in the bathtub, an adult should always be present to prevent burn injury.  

Prevent Flame injuries:

  • Matches and Lighters  Children must to be taught the proper use of matches and lighters. They are tools not toys.
  • Treat matches and lighters as tools. They are used to light campfires, candles, and fire in the fireplace and oil lamps.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children and out of their reach.
  • Store matches in a safe location. Place in a dry location away from heat and out of the reach of children.
  • Older children should only use matches and lighters in the presence of, and with guidance from parents.
  • Teach children that if they find matches or a lighter on the floor, they should not touch it. Instruct children to get an adult to place the matches or lighter in a safe location.
  • Do not use lighters as a toy. Avoid using lighters as a means to entertain a child. The child will identify the lighter as a toy.  

Prevent Electrical Injuries:

  • Place a safety cover on unused electrical outlets.
  • Unplug unused appliances. Children can bite into electrical cords and sustain a serious burn.
  • Teach older children to stay away from high-tension wires and transformer substations. When flying a kite stay clear of all electrical wires. Transformer substations are not play areas.
  • If a child sees an electrical wire dangling in the street or along the sidewalk, teach them to tell an adult. DO NOT TOUCH the wire, and stay clear of the area.

Safety Issues:

  • Instruct your baby-sitters on what to do in case of fire.
  • Always leave a responsible person with your children when you go out even for a short time.
  • Keep matches out of the reach of children. They are a tool not a toy.
  • Do not leave children alone in a room with a space heater or wood stove.
  • Do not leave children unattended in the bathroom or kitchen.

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