Every parent lives in fear of burn injury to their child. Here is a good, fairly comprehensive list of safety measures. How many do you practice?
- Do not let cooking appliance electric cords hang off of counter.
- Do not leave hot beverages or foods unattended or near the edge of table.
- Keep hot beverages away from children and do not have a child sit in your lap if you are drinking a hot beverage.
- Teach older children how to safely remove hot food from microwave and stove top.
- Minimize use of stove front burners.
- When carrying hot food in kitchen make sure young children are not in your path.
- Test bath and shower water temp with your hand for 30 seconds before using.
- Never leave young children unattended in bath or shower.
- Adjust water heater to no higher than 120 degrees.
- Avoid leaving unattended pots on stove.
- Keep children away form fireplace and wood stove doors.
- Install smoke detectors on all floors of your home and test monthly. Ideally, they should be hard wired with battery back up.
- Replace smoke detector batteries at least annually. Keep a schedule.
- Practice home fire drills and make sure children know how to exit the house in the event of a fire and where to meet outdoors.
- Keep fire extinguishers in kitchen, furnace room, and by fireplace.
- Teach children to exit the house low to floor if their is smoke in the room.
- Obtain a safety ladder if your home has a second floor.
- Teach children to not use elevators to escape a fire.
- Teach children to “stop, drop, and roll” if clothing catches fire.
- Avoid smoking indoors.
- Minimize storage of flammable liquids, keep them away from child play areas or from potential ignition sources.
- Minimize extension cord use.
- Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
- Avoid use of fireworks.
Thanks to Robert L Sheridan MD from Shiners Children’s Hospital of Boston Massachusetts who’s article ” Burn Care in Children” is the source of the above list.
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