The week of February 7-13, 2010 is Burn Awareness Week. Every day, 300 young children with burn injuries are taken to emergency rooms. They haven’t even been near a flame. The children are victims of scald injuries. The vast majority of scald injuries occur at home, related to ordinary activities such as bathing, cooking and eating.
If you have young children:
• Establish and enforce a “no kids” zone in the kitchen around the stove and sink area.
• Keep hot foods and liquids away from the edges of counters and tables.
• Turn pot handles inward on the stove.
• Set the water heater to 120 degrees F.
• Before placing a child in the bathtub, check the water temperature by rapidly moving your hand through the water. If it is too hot for you, it is too hot for a child.
• Always supervise children in the bath.
For more information, visit: http://www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Burn_Awareness/