Burn injuries are reported each year, with a good number occurring in the home. You can take the following simple steps to reduce your child's risk of getting burned:
- Make sure your child's sleepwear is flame-resistant.
- Turn pot handles to the center or rear of the stove when cooking and use the back burners whenever possible.
- Test the temperature of food heated in a microwave before giving it to a child. Microwaves tend to heat unevenly and some portions can be very hot.
- Remember that kitchen appliances and cookware remain hot enough to burn for quite a while after you are done using them.
Eating and Drinking
- Do not drink hot liquids when holding a baby. The liquid could spill and burn the baby.
- Avoid using a tablecloth when children are learning to walk. A child could try to use it to pull herself up and knock a heavy object or something containing hot liquid onto herself.
- Use a baby bath thermometer to test the temperature of your child's bath water.
- Lower the hot-water heater setting to 120°F (49°C) or the low-medium setting.
- Keep cigarette lighters and matches away from children. Even a child as young as two can figure out how to use them.