“A scald injury occurs when contact with hot liquid or steam damages one or more layers of skin”. And this kind of burn is very painful and can be life threatening for small children who are more vulnerable.
40% of all scald injuries are suffered by children aged 0-4.
In order to prevent scalding here are a few great tips:
- Set your water heater at 120 degrees for a medium setting.
- When filling the tub for a child use a thermometer to judge if it’s too hot.
- Run your hand under the water before allowing your child to get in the tub.
- Purchase a Faucet & Tap Protector that helps prevent bumps and bruises.
- Wear long oven mitts when handling hot food
- Turn all pot handles inward
- Use a Stove Guard to keep little ones from hot stove burners.
If you do burn your skin: Run cold water over it for 3 minutes or more. Don’t use butter or ice and call 911 if the burn looks really bad.
Be safe and be aware!
Thanks from the staff at Kidsafe