Children are very curious and the bigger they grow the wider the view becomes for all the potential discoveries they can make. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "every day, over 300 children ages 0 to 19 are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries and two children die as a result of being burned (http://www.cdc.gov/safechild/Burns/)." Children may get injured due to electrical burns, liquids, appliances, and actual fire. There are many steps adults can take to keep their home safer for children. SafeKids.org provides many helpful tips to keep your home safe.
Liquid burns can be very dangerous to children. When giving a child a bath, always check the water with your wrist. There are also anti-scald devices available than can help prevent extreme water burns. Many water heaters have recommended settings from manufactures. You can use those settings or set the water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
When using a stovetop while children are in the house, always use the back burners. Also be sure to keep pot handles away from the edge. Always use oven mitts or potholders and teach your children about why you always use them when handling hot objects.
All electrical outlets should have covers on them to prevent children from inserting objects or their fingers into them. Also, all appliances that could potentially cause harm to children such as irons, curling irons, hair straighteners, etc. should be kept distant and have a safe place to cool down where children cannot access them.
There should be distance and barriers between children and direct flames. This includes fireplaces, candles, wood stoves, etc. Anything large and on the ground should have a barrier between it and the child. Fireplaces can release ashes so it is always helpful to have a screen in front of a fireplace. Candles, matches and lighters should be kept out of children's reach.
The most important thing you can do is teach a child about the dangers of burns. As children grow teach them safety rules of safe cooking, how to use the microwave, and how to handle hot plates or objects. The more your children know the safer they will be.
For more information on burns check out our
Burn Injury page