Preventing burns

Preventing burns

A burn involves damage to the body’s tissues through heat, chemicals, electricity or radiation. Most people who have experienced a burn by accidentally touching a hot stove or oven rack will appreciate that the pain and skin damage can be significant. Infants and children are particularly vulnerable to this type of injury. Prevent burns in the family by following these tips.


Watch the heat


It’s best to keep children well away from the stove and the oven, because burns from the heat of cooking or from boiling water are common household accidents. Keep pot and pan handles turned to the inside of the stove or on the back plates where they are hard to reach. Kettles or water urns should be handled by adults and out of reach of children. Watch the heat when using electrical heaters as well, and keep kids away from the heater. The same is true for clothing irons, hair irons and blow driers.


Safely stow chemicals


Chemicals, gasoline and other hazardous materials need to be kept far out of children’s reach, and handled with great care to avoid spills.


Check electrics


All electric outlets should be checked for safety, and electric cords that are frayed or exposed should be immediately disconnected and fixed or replaced.


Have a fire plan


This means knowing exactly what you will do in case of a fire, and how the family will exit the home. It also means having a fire extinguisher and emergency numbers handy. Do not leave candles unattended, and keep lighters and matches away from children. If you smoke, be cautious of how you handle your cigarettes, or better yet, quit.


The information in this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.