Fire and Burns Prevention

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Here are 5 reminders to help you make Thanksgiving cooking safer for you and your family:

 

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 chef safe from potential burns, whether in the kitchen, around a fireplace or in any other part of your home.

 

    1. Avoid carrying or holding a child while cooking on the stove. Ask a visiting relative or family member to be the designated child wrangler and lead younger kids away from the kitchen to more fun activities.
    2. Use the back burners of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge. Thanksgiving tends to make you use every single cookware product you have in your house, but it is important to make sure that curious little hands don’t have the ability to pull down any pots or pans from the stove.
    3. Check to make sure appliance cords are coiled and away from counter edges.Those little curious hands again, but with all the blenders, mixers and food processors being used, counter top space can be limited and cords find their way close to the edge.
    4. Take a minute to test your smoke alarms. Testing your smoke alarms is not just a great idea before embarking on a cooking adventure (which it is), but something that you should regularly do for the safety of your family.
    5. Teach your kids how to cook safely. Thanksgiving is first and foremost a day for family and coming together. Use the time to explain and model safety cooking lessons for your children. It is a great start to a long life of making safe decisions in the kitchen.

Download these tips and more on our Cooking Safety Parent Checklist

 

 

The Hard Facts

 

In 2013, more than 126,035 children across the country were injured due to a fire or burn and treated in emergency rooms, including more than 67,000 children 4 and under.

 

More Tips

 

  1. Don’t carry or hold a child while cooking on the stove. Instead, move a high chair in the kitchen within 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.
  2. To prevent accidental scalding, set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or the manufacturer’s recommended setting. 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.
  3. Keep hot foods away from the edge of your counters. Kids love to reach, so to prevent hot food or liquid spills, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge.
  4. Make a habit of placing matches and lighters in a safe place, out of children’s reach. Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys.

Learn More

 

Don’t get burned. Learn more about how to keep children safe from burns and scalds.

 

We hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

 

 

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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 proudly led by Oregon Child Development Coalition.

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