Every 60 seconds, someone in the U.S. is burned. Where is this most likely to happen? Inside your home.
Hot stoves, scalding bathwater, and space heaters are just a few household items that can cause severe burns. Here are the steps you can take to keep you and your family safe.
In the Kitchen
Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires and burn injuries. Take these steps to keep from getting hurt:
- Don’t cook if you’re holding a child. First, put them into a high chair nearby
- Never walk away from a hot stove
- Turn all your pot handles inward so they can’t be knocked over
If you’re nursing, don’t warm your baby’s bottle in a microwave. Microwaves don’t heat evenly and can create hot spots that burn your baby’s mouth.
Slowly open any container that’s been heated in the microwave. The steam inside it can burn you.
Store lighters, matches, and flammable liquids in a high cabinet where children can’t reach them.
In the Bathroom
Scalding tap water can send kids to the hospital. In some cases, these burns can even be fatal. To avoid burns from tap water:
- Set the thermostat of your water heater below 120 F (48.9 C) to prevent scalding.
- Always check the temperature of bathwater on your wrist or elbow before placing a child in the tub.
Unplug curling irons, steam irons, and any other appliances that give off heat when you’re not using them.
In the Bedroom
It’s a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher on every floor of your house. But you’re less likely to need it if you make a rule to only smoke outside your home. Never smoke in bed.
Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can catch fire. Always turn them off when you leave.
Set lighted candles at least 12 inches away from anything flammable. Blow them out before you fall asleep or go into a different room.