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PREVENT HOT LIQUID BURNS AT HOME
Almost every family with young children has experienced some
situation in which a child was scalded or was involved in a situation which had
scald or burn risk potential. Scald injuries, associated with the kitchen, are
very common and children are most frequently the victims. Children under the age
of two are injured usually as the result of some other person's actions. As the
child becomes older, the cause of injury is more frequently associated with
their own actions. A lack of experience, knowledge and understanding are
commonly associated with these burn injuries. Adults as well as children may
encounter situations which present a scald burn risk as a result of not knowing
that such a risk may exist. This is most commonly true among young families or
in situations where people encounter items or equipment with which they are not
familiar. Injuries can be prevented and the risk producing situations
The following are some methods of addressing scald burn risk potentials
in the kitchen:
Keep all hot items at a safe distance from a child. Wherever
necessary, use playpen or highchair to create a safe zone for children.
Keep pot handles turned in or to the back of the stove.
Use pot holders.
Cook on rear burners or elements.
Keep sleeves rolled up or wear short sleeve garments when cooking.
Test all heated food before giving it to a child or placing it within
Read and follow the directions when using appliances, especially
Keep children out of the "traffic path" and check their location
before moving any hot or heavy item.
Beware of deep fat frying hazards. Hot fat, grease and oils may reach
temperatures of 490 degrees F.
Tablecloths which drape down over table edges may be used to pull hot
dishes and liquids off onto little children who may tug on them.
Children under the age of three should not be given real pots and pans to
play with. Children may reach for these "toys" when they contain hot liquid
Be sure to inform babysitters of the safe use of kitchen appliances,
including the location of fire extinguishers, first aid equipment, and emergency
Purchase appliances with short cords and prevent cords from dangling
over the edge of counters.
As a child's mobility and curiosity
increases, appropriate supervision becomes essential.
- Continuous and adequate supervision of children in the kitchen is of prime
These safety tips can effectively prevent the majority of scald
burns involving young children. For information concerning these issues and
other fire safety practices please call Ashland Fire and Rescue at (541)