Burn prevention: burn safety for kids and toddlers

Burn prevention: burn safety for kids and toddlers

Burns are painful, and they damage your toddler's skin. Here's what you can do to helpprevent them:

  • Keep the handles of hot pots and pans turned toward the inside of the stovetop at all times, even when you think your child's not around.
  • Cover or barricade exposed heaters and heater grates.
  • Screen or barricade fireplaces, grills, and any place in your house that has a hot surface.
  • Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees F or lower to avoid accidental scalds.
  • Test the temperature of bath water with the inside of your wrist or elbow before you put your toddler in.
  • Get locking faucets to prevent your child from giving herself a rinse with too-hot water.
  • Get electrical cords out of the way. If your child bites them, she can get a terrible burn.

If your child does get burned and develops blisters, she has a second-degree burn. Take her to your health care provider for proper treatment.Burns on your toddler's hands and face also need special attention, so don't hesitate tohave them looked at, even if they're small.


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Jacob lives with us..he is 35 inches tall already. I'm constantly on alert, even more so than with my own 3 boys..It is very scary. I'm desperately concerned for his well being once he lives solely with his parents who pay absolutely no attention which is why he is living here.


This is so critical. We spent a week in a pediatric burn unit in the past. It is horrific and it happens in a split second. We were blessed others not so lucky. Our daughter was five and we thought she knew better. Never trust a child in the kitchen


Kate 11/3/2015
Thank you for the tips!

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