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Preventing Burn Injuries in Your Home

Burns from hot liquid, chemicals or fires are the most common childhood accidents. From hot food left on the stove to scorching bath water, there are many potential hazards in every home. That's why childproofing your home as much as possible is essential. Learn how to reduce the risk of burn injuries by following these tips:


Preventing Scald Burns (burns by hot liquid)

  • Keep hot liquids out of reach of your child
  • Do not place hot liquids on placemats or tablecloths (children can pull the cloths and spill the hot liquid)
  • Do not heat formula/milk in the microwave
  • Test food/liquid temperature before feeding to your child
  • Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees F / 48.9 degrees C
  • Always test the bath/shower water before putting your child in the water 
  • Never hold your infant or child while holding hot liquids or food
  • Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove and never leave food cooking on the stove unattended
  • Keep your children out of the kitchen
  • Do not allow your children to cook without supervision

Learn more ways to prevent scald burns from happening in the kitchen and bathroom.

Preventing Contact Burns (burn from touching a hot surface)

  • Never hold your infant or child while cooking
  • Keep your child out of the kitchen and never leave food on the stove unattended
  • Keep irons, curlers and flat irons out of reach of your child and unplug them when they are not in use
  • Keep your child away from fireplaces and glass fireplace doors
  • Keep your child away from fire pits and grills
  • Keep your child away from hot mufflers (cars, motorcycles and ATVs)

Preventing Flame Burns

  • Always ensure your smoke detectors are working and change the batteries often
  • Never allow your child to play with sparklers or fireworks
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach
  • Do not allow your child to cook without supervision

Preventing Electrical Burns

  • Keep electrical cords out of reach
  • Use outlet covers

Preventing Chemical Burns

  • Keep household chemicals locked up and out of reach of your child

Preventing Mechanical/Friction Burns

  • Keep your child away from treadmills


Thermal burns, chemical burns and electrical burns are very common in the workplace, but they can also be easily avoided
Thermal burns, chemical burns and electrical burns are very common in the workplace, but they can also be easily avoided
Thermal burns, chemical burns and electrical burns are very common in the workplace, but they can also be easily avoided
Thermal burns, chemical burns and electrical burns are very common in the workplace, but they can also be easily avoided
Thermal burns, chemical burns and electrical burns are very common in the workplace, but they can also be easily avoided
Thermal burns, chemical burns and electrical burns are very common in the workplace, but they can also be easily avoided