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To prevent burns

  • Turn your water heater's temperature down to 120°F (48.9°C) to help prevent burns from hot water.
  • Keep hot liquids, such as coffee, away from your baby.
  • Do not heat formula or breast milk in the microwave. Hot spots in the liquid can burn your baby's mouth and throat.
  • Keep pan handles on the stove turned inward so your baby can't reach up and grab them.
  • Use safety plugs or covers on all electrical outlets.
  • Unplug household items—such as coffee pots, toasters, fans, and lamps—when they are not in use.
  • Screen off fireplaces and other heat sources. Secure fireplace screens so your baby can't knock them over or get around them.
  • Install smoke detectors in your home, and change the batteries at least once a year.

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Last Updated: January 22, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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