Scald Burn Prevention

Did you know that scald burns are the number one cause of burn injury to children under the age of 4 and more than 24,000 children are burned (or scalded) by hot liquids each year? Because children have thinner skin than adults, they are more adversely affected by scald burns. Some scald burns can even result in serious injury or death. There are steps you can take to ensure your child does not need to suffer through a scald burn. Scald burn safety begins by making small changes to your daily routines in the kitchen and bathroom. Here are some tips you follow to keep your children safe:

Burn Safety in the Bathroom:

  • Never leave your child unattended near hot water sources, such as boiling water or steam baths
  • Always supervise children while bathing
  • Install temperature-regulated faucets and showerheads
  • Test the water temperature on the back of your hand before placing your child in the tub, even when using a tub tester
  • Never allow a young child to supervise another child while bathing

Burn Safety in the Kitchen:

  • Turn handles of pots and pans inward towards the back of the stove
  • Never hold an infant or child while pouring or drinking hot liquids
  • Keep frying pans, pressure cookers, crock pots, and coffee pots out of your child’s reach; tuck appliance cords away
  • Put hot liquids on high counters or tables where toddlers or young children can not reach them
  • Always test the temperature of the baby’s formula before feeding
  • Limit using tablecloths/placemats with young children so they do not pull on them, causing hot foods/liquids to spill
  • Don’t let a child make hot food by his/herself or while unattended on the stove OR in the microwave

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