March 17, 2012
Baby Proofing, Child Safety, Parenting
child scalding, child scalds, home safety, kitchen safety, scald prevention
“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
November 18, 2011
Baby Proofing, Child Home Safety
holiday safety, kitchen accidents, kitchen safety, thanksgiving safety
Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season and all those delicious feasts.
The kitchen however can be a very dangerous place especially for the kids. Cooking equipment, most often the range or stove top, is the leading cause of reported home fires and injuries in the United States.
A child can be seriously injured by hot liquids, steam or fire, or an unattended hot-pot or pan can easily be grabbed by a curious little one.
It’s always fun to cook with the kids during the holidays, but be sure to protect your child by turning all pot handles inward, never leave kids alone by a hot stove and be sure to have a working fire extinguisher near your kitchen.
Some other great ways to protect your children in the kitchen is by using a “Stove Guard” which prevents your child from reaching a hot-pot and pulling it down on themself. “ Stove Knob Covers” lock your stoves knobs so a burner can not be turned on by a curious toddler and an” Oven Front Lock” prevents a hot oven from being opened by a busy little chef.
So remember have a safe and happy holiday and don’t forget to make an extra large turkey – you can never have enough left over turkey!
Happy Holidays from the staff at Kidsafe.