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This Week is Burn Prevention Week. Here are some tips to help avoid scalding and burns. These tips are brought to you by the U.S. Fire Administration.
-To prevent spills due to overturn of appliances containing hot food or liquids, use the back burner when possible and/or turn pot handles away from the stove's edge. All appliance cords need to be kept coiled and away from counter edges.
-Use oven mitts or potholders when moving hot food from ovens, microwave ovens, or stovetops. Never use wet oven mitts or potholders as they can cause scald burns.
-Replace old or worn oven mitts.
-Open heated food containers slowly away from the face to avoid steam burns. Hot steam escaping from the container or food can cause burns.
-Foods heat unevenly in microwave ovens. Stir and test before eating.Young children are at high risk of being burned by hot food and liquids. Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove.
-Keep young children at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from any place where hot food or drink is being prepared or carried. Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges.
-When young children are present, use the stove's back burners whenever possible.
-Never hold a child while cooking, drinking, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
-Teach children that hot things burn.
-When children are old enough, teach them to cook safely. Supervise them closely.
General First Aid for Burns and Scalds
-Treat a burn right away by putting it in cool water. Cool the burn for three to five minutes.
-Cover burn with a clean, dry cloth. Do not apply creams, ointments, sprays or other home remedies.
-Remove all clothing, diapers, jewelry and metal from the burned area. These can hide underlying burns and retain heat, which can increase skin damage.
-If the burn is bigger than your fist or if you have any questions about how to treat it, seek medical attention right away.
-See your doctor as soon as possible if the burn does not heal in two to three days.
The Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign is part of the U.S. Fire Administration’s effort to reduce fire deaths and injuries across the nation by urging residents to install smoke alarms in their homes and inspect and maintain them on a regular basis. Working smoke alarms and sprinklers save lives.
A working smoke alarm can help you and your family escape a deadly home fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents. A working smoke alarm continuously scans the air for smoke, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It never sleeps.
The USFA is encouraging you to practice fire safety and do your part to get out, before firefighters have to come in.
For more information, click here to visit the USFA's website.