Burn Injury Prevention For The Holidays
The holidays are here, one of the most exciting times of the year for children for children. Lights illuminate our homes, neighborhoods and towns this time of year. Inside our homes, however, we need to be aware of the dangers facing children. This is a good time to take a look around the home at any possible burn or scald injuries that could present themselves. The most helpless children are between 0 to 12 months, and as any parent knows, there are plenty of hazards they can find that could hurt them.
Here are some practical tips to keep in mind if you have young children in the home…
Children and babies love to put things into holes and crevices, especially electrical outlets. Keep them covered so that your baby doesn’t stick anything inside. Also, keep cords from appliances out of reach and secured so that they don’t get pulled down. Pay special attention to cords that hang down leading to appliances that are heated (curling irons, etc.)
Preventing Cooking Burns
Don’t hold a child while cooking on the stove. Children can bend and twist unexpectedly, accidentally reaching scalding water on the stove. Don’t allow a baby to crawl around your feet and legs while cooking with hot liquids in case one spills. Also, use the back burners to cook on so little ones don’t reach up and burn their hands.
Check Hot Water Heater Temperature Settings
Make sure your hot water heater is set to the correct temperature (120 degrees F) to prevent accidental scalding. You can also install anti-scald devices on faucets and showerheads that don’t allow water temperature to get hot enough to scald kids. This is important because babies can easily turn on the hot water knob and place their hands under the flowing water.
Bath Water Temperature
Check the temperature of bath water before placing your child in the bathtub. Using your elbow gives you a much more accurate feel of the actual temperature of the water. Also, don’t walk away from a young child bathing. They may accidentally turn on the hot water that can run onto their hands or bodies.
Keep a protective gate or barrier up in front of a fire going in the fireplace. Curious little ones may get too close. Don’t leave them unattended while a fire is going either in case they figure out how to get around the barrier.
Be sure to use lights made for the outdoors if you’re hanging them on the outside of your home. Make sure they are secured well from wind and outdoor elements. Make sure they are plugged in to a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) that you can buy yourself or have permanently installed by an electrician.
Do your best to make sure your children and family stay safe from possible burn injuries in the home this holiday season. Review these safety tips with older children as well, as they can keep an eye out for burn hazards as well. Have a safe holiday season!
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