How can burns be prevented?

You can do several things to prevent burns:

  • Keep children away from hot cook tops and ovens, and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
  • Make sure water temperature for personal use is not higher than 120 degrees F. Test the temperature regularly, and check it when visiting someone’s home.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children.
  • Install outlet covers if young children live in the home.
  • Keep chemicals out of reach and wear proper gloves when using chemicals.
  • Use sunscreen and avoid peak sunlight times to avoid serious sunburns.
  • Make sure smoking products are put out. Better yet, don’t get close or let children get close to smoking product use.
  • Use fireworks responsibly.
  • Never use gasoline or any other flammable product in any way other than its recommended use.
  • Check smoke detectors monthly and be sure batteries are always working.
  • Heat burns can be prevented by following safety practices that prevent fire and by being careful around sources of heat.
  • Chemical burns can be prevented by following safety practices around all chemicals and by following manufacturers’ guidelines when handling chemicals.
  • Electrical burns can be prevented by following safety practices around electrical lines and equipment, and by leaving outdoor areas when lightning could strike.
  • Sunburn can be prevented by wearing appropriate clothing and using sunscreen. Sunscreen should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.

To help prevent burn injuries in the home:

  • Keep the iron in an out-of-the-way, safe place after using it.
  • Turn the water heater down from 160 degrees F to 120 degrees F. Water at 160 degrees can cause burns in only 1 second!
  • Turn pot handles toward the center of the stove while cooking. This way, kids can't pull pots off the stove.

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