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February 2017 – Safety Article – Burn Awareness

Burn Awareness Week
February 5-11, 2017
Over 126,000 children ages 19 and under were seen in emergency rooms for burn injuries in 2013. Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Help keep your children safe and prevent burns by following these DOs and DON’Ts.
DO
• Do adjust your water heater setting so that the hottest temperature on the faucet is no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Do test the water before placing a child in the tub.
• Do supervise children in kitchen and dining areas.
• Do keep pot handles turned inward.
• Do use plastic covers for all electrical outlets and keep children away from electric cords.
• Do teach your child to stop, drop, and roll on the ground if their clothing catches on fire.
• Do lock up flammable liquids in the home (out of children’s reach and away from heat sources).
• Do have several working fire extinguishers in the home.
• Do create a fire escape plan for your household and practice home fire drills.
• Do install smoke detectors and test them monthly.
• Do use adequate sun protection including sunscreen, hats and shade.
DON’T
• Don’t leave food cooking on the stove unattended.
• Don’t hold an infant or child while cooking, drinking a hot liquid or carrying hot items.
• Don’t allow children to use matches or lighters.
• Don’t ever leave a child unattended in the bathtub.
• Don’t smoke inside the house.
• Don’t allow children to play with fireworks.

Resources
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/injuries-emergencies/Pages/Treating-andPreventing-Burns.aspx
http://www.ameriburn.org/Preven/PediatricScalds_2-27-15.pdf
https://www.safekids.org/sites/default/files/documents/skw_burns_fact_sheet_feb_2015.pdf