The smell of cookies baking in the oven or tasty sauces simmering on the stove top is hard to resist for adults and kids alike. Here are a few simple steps to keep your little cooks safe from potential burns, whether in the kitchen, around a fireplace or in any other part of your home.
The Hard Facts
In 2012, more than 136,000 children across the country, including more than 67,000 children 4 and under, were injured due to a fire or burn and treated in emergency rooms.
- Don’t carry or hold a child while cooking on the stove. Instead, move a high chair in the kitchen within your reach or sight before you start. Then talk to your children so they know what’s going on. It’s a great way to spend time together.
- With everything going on, we know the water heater is the last thing on your mind. But a small adjustment can give you one less thing to worry about. To prevent accidental scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or the manufacturer’s recommended setting.
- Kids love to reach, to prevent hot food or liquid spills, simply use the back burner of the stove and turn pot handles away from the edge. Keep hot foods away from the edge of counters.
- Make a habit of placing matches, gasoline and lighters in a safe place, out of children’s reach. Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys.
Materials to share:
Please join in the promotion of National Burn Awareness Week 2/2 – 2/8. These materials may be useful in outreach to your communities.
Burn and Scald Prevention Tips – Safe Kids Worldwide
Cooking Safety Parents Checklist – Safe Kids Worldwide
Pediatric Do’s and Don’ts – American Burn Association
Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is led by Oregon Public Health. Click here for information on other Injury Areas.