Tuesday, February 7, 2012

It's National Burn Awareness Week

by Cheryl Ledford

In recognition of National Burn Awareness Week, Safe Guilford would like to provide you tips that may help prevent a burn injury in your home.  Did you know that in 2009, 335 children under the age of 14 died due to fire or burn related injuries?  According to reports from the American Burn Association, scalding injuries were the most prevalent in children under 5, while fire/flame injuries were most prevalent for all other age groups.

Scalding is a burn from hot liquid or steam and usually occur in the kitchen, dining room, and bathroom.  Since children have thinner skin than adults, they can get severe burns at lower temperatures and in less time.  One solution to help prevent scalding in your home is to control the water temperature of the hot water heater.  Children can get scalded from the hot tap water coming from the kitchen and bathroom faucets.  If you have children in your home or visit your home, the temperature of your hot water heater should be set to no more than 120 Degrees Farenheit. 

Here are more safety tips from Safe Kids to prevent burns in your household:

Kitchen and Hot Food
o       Keep children at least 3 feet from hot appliances, pots, pans, food or liquids.
o       Use spill-resistant mugs when drinking hot liquids around children.
o       Avoid using tablecloths or anything a child can pull on and cause hot food to spill.
o       When cooking, use back burners and keep pot handles turned towards the back of the stove.
o       Always tuck appliance cords where children cannot reach them.
o       Never hold a child when cooking something hot.
o       Test and stir all food before serving children to make sure it is cool enough to eat.
o       Closely supervise children when they are in or near the kitchen.
o       Always test the bath water with your hand before bathing children. 
o       When children are in or near the bath, watch them closely, and check the water temperature frequently. 
If you are unable to control the temperature that comes out of your faucet, install special tub spouts or shower heads that can shut off the flow of water when it gets too hot.