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Burn Safety Tips

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Burn Safety Tips for Parents

To help keep you and your family safe from burns, our Burn program team offers these tips.

Water Temperature

  • Water heaters should be set to 120° F or below.
  • You can also get an anti-scald device for water faucets and shower heads to prevent burns.
  • Remember, before placing your child in the bath, you should check the water temperature with your elbow, wrist or bath thermometer.

Kitchen Safety

  • When you’re using the stove, you should use the back burners on stove as much as possible. This keeps them out of the reach of children.
  • When using the front burners, you should turn pot handles away from the edge of the stove.
  • Kitchens have a lot of things that can hurt a toddler. To keep them safe while you’re working in the kitchen, you should put your child in a safe area – a high chair or play pen, for example.
  • You might consider not using tablecloths or placemats when your children are young. Little kids can pull on them and spill hot food or drinks.

Microwave Cooking

  • You shouldn’t heat baby bottles in the microwave because they may not heat evenly.
  • Young children should ask for help removing food from the microwave - contents can reach boiling temperatures. 
  • For older kids, test any food cooked in a microwave to make sure it’s not too hot.
  • You should open any containers heated in a microwave away from you and your child because steam can scald

General Tips

  • Keep irons, curling irons and other hot appliances and their cords out of a child's reach.
  • Keep children away from kerosene lamps, supplemental heaters and outdoor grills when in use.