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Burn and Scald Awareness
February 10, 2014

Champ's Corner Store on the second floor of Children's Hospital has professionally selected and low-cost items to help parents prevent burns and scalds.

Did you know

  • Fires and burns are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death to children in the U.S.
  • About 80,000 children are treated for burns in hospital emergency rooms every year
  • Most non-fatal burns are caused by scalds from hot liquids, not fires.
  • A survey from Safe Kids Worldwide showed that only 8 percent of adults consider the bathroom a high risk area for burn and scald injuries.

Now that you know a little more about burn and scalds, how can you prevent them? Our experts have pulled together simple tips to keep you and your family safe. Make sure that sitters, friends, and any others taking care of your children know about your safety practices to ensure a safe home, even when you aren’t around.  

In the Kitchen

  • Keep handles of pots and pans pointed to the back of the stove. Place hot foods and liquids away from edge of the table or counter, where a child may reach. Children are naturally curious and want to explore their environment. Eliminating these reachable hazards can greatly reduce the chance of a burn or scald.
  • Cook on rear burners whenever possible.
  • Don’t let cords from appliances dangle.
  • Never leave children unsupervised, especially when cooking (if age appropriate)
  • Don’t wear loose clothing when cooking and never hold a child when preparing food or drinking hot liquids.
  • Create a “Kid-Free-Zone” of 3 feet around the stove. Using a visual representation such as painters tape will help children grasp this concept easier.
  • Keep clutter such as toys, shoes, papers, and books, off of the floor. These items are a tripping hazard when handling or moving hot liquids in the kitchen.
  • Use caution when handling hot liquids from the microwave. Meals that require noodles to be microwaved with water pose a scald hazard from the steam and hot liquid. Kids should only use a microwave if they are tall enough to reach and safely remove the items inside.

 In the Bathroom

  • Check the water temperature with your hand or a bath thermometer before placing a child in the tub or shower. If it feels hot to you, then a child’s thin skin will feel it even more.
  • Young children should never be left alone in the tub. Instruct any older siblings or sitters that help bath younger children on safe bathing practices, using specific details.
  • Reduce the temperature of your water heater so the water is less than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will reduce potential scalds when children use a faucet unsupervised.

Other tips

  • Ensure that fires from camping, barbequing, or any other event are fully extinguished before leaving them unattended. Never allow children to play around these areas, as they can easily trip into coals that aren’t fully cooled, causing burns. 
  • Make a habit of placing matches, gasoline, and lighters in a safe place, out of children’s reach. Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn (bedding and blankets, sofas and chairs, curtains, etc.). Make sure to turn them off when you leave the room and never leave them on while sleeping.

Champs Corner StoreVisit Champ’s Safety Store on the second floor of Children's Hospital for items to help reduce the chance of burns and scalds. Remember, there is no substitute for proper safety and supervision!

Our experts pick the best products at the right price for families looking to keep their children healthy and safe. 

Tags: Emergency Medicine, Safety
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